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Black Tie Event

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It’s a big challenge for everyone to find the right outfit for a special event, especially to us women because we always want to stand out from the crowd. We don’t like to wear the same dress that we wore from another event. That’s a big no-no. Here comes the budget and style issue with unending questions like “Where can I find a dress that will look good on me?”, “How much will be my budget?”, “Should I go for a long dress?”, “What color suits me?” and a lot more. But worry no more because those questions will be resolved with www.okdress.co.uk!

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For a Black Tie Event it’s best to wear a Black Long Dress. Black is elegant; It compliments on all skin tones; It matches with any accessories and hair style; It makes you looks slim and sexy; and you can never go wrong with Black.

Check out this Black Full-Length Dress from www.okdress.co.uk:

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With this dress you it can help you hide certain body imperfections for all sizes of women, whether you’re skinny or not. It’s always a best decision to wear a full-length dress during a formal event.

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Match your dress with a pair of sparkling heels from ASOS (http://www.asos.com/?hrd=1).

Can’t make up your mind? There are still a lot of designs waiting for you at www.dresshop.com.au.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s waiting for you in store:

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What are you waiting for? Visit their site now and don’t forget to like their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Okdress/528805710507101

Sprinkled Joy {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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About five years ago, I was up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I got out of bed and decided to get something done.  We had just moved in to our very first home that we had purchased a couple of weeks earlier, and I was in the middle of decorating.  There was a large wall that ran from our living room to our dining room, and I couldn’t figure out what to do with it.  That night, though, I came up with the most perfect wall college of different sizes/shapes/colors of frames that just happened to fit together perfectly.  I included some of the most important things to us in these frames (our marriage certificate, a family picture, a picture of Jesus Christ, etc.) along with some cute decorations (a large teal J, burlap background, etc.), and that large wall college has been a staple in every house we’ve lived in since then.

Since having children, we’ve had to make some changes to the pictures in the frames, and over the past year, I’ve had an empty 8×10 white frame that I couldn’t figure out what to do with.  Pure laziness, I know.  When I discovered Sprinkled Joy, though, I knew that I had found the perfect fit for that empty frame!

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Sprinkled Joy is an Etsy shop that specializes in customizable prints and printables that are perfect for every room in the house or for any occasion.  There are a number of prints for family reunions, weddings, anniversaries, baby shower, birthdays, etc. that could then be framed and hung in a bedroom, living room, family room, or nursery.  I love that there is literally something for everyone in this shop — all customizable at an amazing price with a quick turnaround time.

One of my favorite parts of working with Sprinkled Joy over the past few weeks has been my interaction with Sarah, the shop owner.   She has been quick to respond to my messages, to update me with changes along the way, and to allow me the chance to make changes to my proof.  If you’re looking for someone who will ensure that your customizable products looks exactly the way you want it, I would highly recommend Sarah at Sprinkled Joy!

Sarah tells us on her About Us page: “In January 2012 I put some products up and people began buying them – I was shocked, and super flattered. From there Sprinkled Joy has grown beyond any expectations I initially had and has some regular customers and many new happy ones. I always love it when I can create something that has been personalized especially for someone and hope that my designs can bring an extra measure of joy into people’s lives.”

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The Original Famous Couples Subway 8×10 Print

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ABC Name Print – Customizable

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**This is the print I worked on with Sarah to create, and I could not have been more pleased with the outcome!!  I especially loved the idea of creating a print of these important places because my husband and I met in Okinawa, Japan, which is where we had our first date and where my husband proposed.  The interesting thing, though, is that we discovered a few weeks into our dating that we had both lived about a mile away from each other in a little town in Utah for about eight years!  My husband’s family moved to Washington state about the same time that we moved overseas, but our family would fly through Seattle during our summer trips back to visit grandparents.  We’ve loved how these places have forever changed our lives!

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Are you already imagining one of these prints on your wall??  Enter below to win on 8×10 print of your choice from Sprinkled Joy!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be  drawn no later than the evening of August 31st and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Sprinkled Joy, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

Ornaments and More {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Because I’m a thrifty shopper and I like to pick up great deals all year long, I have a large stash of gifts for all occasions on the top shelf in my closet.  I have gifts for baby showers, birthdays (for all ages and genders!), and for fun holidays throughout the year.  My biggest stash, though, is my Christmas gift stash.  We determined a couple of years ago that Santa was only going to give three gifts to each of our children, but then we each usually give gifts to each member of our little family, we have a swap for each of our extended families on top of the gifts we give our parents, and we also like to give small gifts to neighbors and friends.  By the time that’s all said and done, we end up with quite a large list — and I’m sure you can relate!!

I had the opportunity to work with Ornaments and More last year, and I’m excited to feature them again on Dandy Giveaway in anticipation for their Christmas in July sale that is right around the corner!  I absolutely LOVED the baby boy ornament that I received for my youngest son last Christmas; in fact, I liked it so much that I opted to receive another baby boy ornament to replace the one I had in storage for my oldest son!  I like these ones so much better, and I plan to use Ornaments and More again when Baby Boy #3 makes his appearance in time for the holiday season.

Ornaments and More has an incredible selection of high-quality ornaments for incredibly reasonable prices.   In both of my experiences with Ornament and More, the ornaments are shipped quickly, and the customer service was top-notch.  My favorite part is that the personalization is done by hand and is NOT computer-generated!  Because our last name is Johnson, we’ve tried to choose more uncommon first names for our little boys; we love all three names, but it can be tricky to find ready-made personalized items for them.

Ornaments and More has an ornament for lots of different occasions; here are a few of my favorites for some special events that are coming up or might have just happened in your home:

Father’s Day (right around the corner!):  Licensed to Grill Personalized Christmas Ornament

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Weddings:  Just Married Christmas Ornament Old-Fashioned Car

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Graduations: Personalized Graduation Ornament Tassle Cap and Stars

New baby:  First Christmas Ornament Baby Boy Snowflake Personalized

Ornaments and More is hosting a giveaway for Dandy readers — any ornament of your choice!  Be sure to enter below!

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** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Ornaments and More, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Lumnique Personalized Scented Candles {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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“Charlie” is taking the CFA level III in two weeks.  For anyone out there familiar with this test, you know the loneliness that the wife can experience in never EVER seeing her husband for several months while he studies!  The study material comes in stack of books that measure well over a foot thick, and the passing rate is usually around 40% even among test-takers who study for 500+ hours.
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Lately, the best way I can support him in his study efforts are to just clear up all nights and weekends and let him study his heart out.  However, when I came across Lumnique, a customizable candle gift company, I thought this might be a perfect way to lift spirits, show my thoughtfulness, and encourage enlightenment!
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The deluxe box was delivered quickly and the clean, crisp, and dark black box is very impressive.  Very sturdy, and one that I will definitely be using again to store other things.  What a lovely gift to behold!  These candles come in high-quality heavy glass jars, with resealable lids–I love being able to seal up the yummy scent when it is not in use.
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Typically, ordinary candles are made in a scent paired with a specific color.  You know, red Christmas candles and smell like peppermint, green candles that smell like pine, etc.  Lumnique allows you to create any combination of intent, color, and scent to really create a one-of-a-kind gift!
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With “Charlie” in mind, I started with the intent: GOOD LUCK
Next I chose his favorite color: SKY BLUE
And then I picked a scent I knew he loved: CEDAR
Completely unique, right?  The candle comes with a descriptive card explaining how the candle was custom made, and what each of the choices represent.  As in, the Good Luck intention is meant to remind you that impossible situations can become attainable miracles.  The sky color can symbolize patience, intuition, intelligence, practicality, etc.  The cedar scent can awaken the senses with its invigorating capabilities.  The detailed certificate is a really nice touch, and it makes the gift definitely more personal and intentional.
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I was beaming as I handed over Charlie’s gift!  I’ve made sure to light it for him every night when he sits down to study 🙂 Soak in all those “good luck” aromas.
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Now if you’re debating between the regular and the deluxe box, choose the deluxe because the matches alone make it worth it!  They are top-notch, high quality, very long and thick matches that strike effortlessly and burst into a strong flame.  Charlie, the Eagle Scout, was very impressed and mentioned that they might be his favorite part.
There must be someone in your life who you’d love to give a customized candle to!  From anniversaries, apologies, romance, friendship, celebration and “just because”, there is guaranteed to be a perfect candle for you to create!

One lucky winner will receive a Deluxe customized candle set from Lumnique!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
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How Much Do I Love My Hair Extensions?

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A LOT!  I wanted to update our readers on how much I’m still loving my hair extensions from Pro Extensions!  Remember how my hair is cut above shoulder length, and rather thin?

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And how I was privileged to review some the 10″ Clip In Volumizer extensions from Pro Extensions?  You can read that full review HERE.

proextensions-logo_newI wore them for our family pictures and to a wedding, and they were awesome!!  Not even my family could tell that I was wearing extensions, only that my hair looked so thick, full, and beautiful!

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Because the extensions are made from human hair, I was able to dye them to my exact natural color with a $3 box from the drugstore.  I LOVE the compliments I got, the beautiful full look they create, and how durable they have been!  They have held up GREAT, and I could even wear them 3-4 times before needing to curl them again.

Don’t forget that for a little longer, you can use the discount code “Dandy” to get 5% off your purchases!

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Marilyn’s Keepsakes {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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You all are probably quite sick and tired of me talking wedding-this and wedding-that.  It was just so much fun to be a part of it all, and I really haven’t been so closely involved with another wedding since my own, so it brought back so many memories.  There’s something about a wedding that reminds you of when you fell in love yourself!  Here are the lovebirds:ER2C8340-L

And here are their biggest fans:

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Everything was perfect in every way!  What a beautiful day it was!

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And wedding season has just begun!  Spring weddings are popping up left and right, and no doubt you know of or are attending one soon.  If you’re scrambling to think up the perfect gift for the happy couple, may I suggest a few meaningful and customizable gifts from Marilyn’s Keepsakes?  Marilyn’s Keepsakes specializes in a grand number of beautiful products for weddings and anniversaries, and specifically their collection of Champagne Flutes & Cake Server Sets!

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There are quite a few customized gift favorites of mine already, and I’m taking mental note for the next time we have a wedding around here, which may not be too far in the distant future.  I have seven brothers, after all, and only the first one is married off.  The next one to tie the knot is getting this classy and modern set of Contemporary Champagne Flutes!  And since we Mormons don’t drink, they’re getting an accompanying bottle of sparkling cider 🙂

IMG_3269 copy These glasses are beautiful!  I really love the white print and the chunky lower-case letters look so modern and crisp–nothing too flowery, feminine or fancy, and just holding these flutes makes me feel important.  These measure 10.5 inches tall and hold up to 8 oz.  Wouldn’t it be fun to pull these out again every year on your anniversary?

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If you are planning a wedding, or planning on getting a rock on your finger soon, check out The Best Wedding Blog Ever, brought to you by Marilyn’s Keepsakes.

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You can follow Marilyn’s Keepsakes on Facebook HERE, and follow them on twitter HERE.

Also, you can see some terrific videos on their YouTube channel!  I’m not even close to planning a wedding myself, and I couldn’t keep from watching several of their videos.  I’m loving that DIY paper pennant bunting!

One lucky winner will win their own personalized Contemporary Champagne Flutes!

The Contemporary Champagne Flutes can be engraved vertically with a block custom line (max of 12 characters) on each flute.

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 27th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
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Candy Galaxy {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Happy Easter!  We had a great day yesterday putting on our Easter Sunday best, listening to my cute four-year-old sing with the Primary kids at church, watching the boys discover their Easter baskets, taking a family afternoon nap, and then eating a delicious ham dinner.  It was a great day to think of our Savior and to usher in spring.

One of the omnipresent staples in an Easter basket is candy, and our boys were not lacking for candy in theirs!  They had a few of their favorites and also had a chance to try out some new (to them!) candy from Candy Galaxy.

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Candy Galaxy is an online candy store that features candy for all occasions — they have pre-made Easter baskets, gift baskets to send for movie nights, and fun choices for baby showers and weddings.  They also have categories to search the candy by color, which I thought would be perfect for planning themed birthday parties or other events.  One of the tabs that caught my eye, though, was the Nostalgic Candy that has Chick-o-Sticks, Cow Tales, Clark Bars, Candy Buttons, Necco Wafers, and Razzles!

We were sent the 1970s Retro Tin from Candy Galaxy, and my husband and I had the best time opening our own “Easter basket” chock-full of great candy that we remember eating as kids.  Our boys found the large rolls of Smarties, a set of Pixy Sticks, and candy necklaces in their Easter baskets yesterday, and they like those almost as much as their new kites!  Almost.

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Candy Galaxy also features the perfect candy for a (sometimes…) fun holiday — Pop Rocks for April Fools Day!  I attempted to explain April Fools Day to my little boy last night, and I’m excited for some fun jokes and tricks throughout the day.  Obviously, we’re going to be a little more tame this year, but a few ideas I found was to put Pop Rocks on the rim of a glass or to sprinkle some Pop Rocks on top of instant pudding for a surprise.  I can’t wait to try them out today, especially since the boys have never even heard of Pop Rocks!

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Candy Galaxy is offering a 24-pack of their new flavor Green Apple Pop Rocks to a Dandy Giveaway winner!  The set of Pop Rocks was sent to my house, so the winner will need to pay for shipping from North Carolina to you, but this means that the giveaway is WORLDWIDE!

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** This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries, but the winner is required to pay shipping — I will email you a Paypal invoice before I ship to you from North Carolina.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 8th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Candy Galaxy, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

 

Blue Steel {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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So, I told you about my wedding ring(s) and the craziness that ensued from our vacation to Washington D.C., but my husband also has quite the wedding band stories to tell.  He started out with his platinum band that (similar to my platinum ring) was difficult to keep shiny and smooth, especially since he was working with his hands often at the time.

We decided to get another ring for him to wear to work, so he went with the Tungsten steel and it held up amazingly well.  Well, one day he was working with a group of Marines who were mixing cement in the back of a Humvee.  His ring slipped off into the dry concrete powder, and he was sure it was gone.  Everyone scoured the truck looking for it, but they didn’t have any luck so it was back to the platinum ring.  A couple of days later, though, they were sweeping out the Humvee and found his ring!  Hallelujah!

Until, of course, one cold early morning he went to go PT, and he took it off and put it in his back pocket so it wouldn’t fall off his fingers.  He started doing crunches, then went to another spot to do push-ups, then another to do jumping jacks when he realized that his ring fell out of his pocket.  They all stopped and spent most of the time running around looking for the ring.  This time, however, it was back to the platinum ring for good.

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When Blue Steel offered a review of one of their items, I knew that I wanted to find a wedding band for my husband.  He’s an air traffic controller now and doesn’t work outside or with his hands much anymore, but that platinum ring has seen better days.  I really like clean lines on jewelry, which was why my eye was drawn to the Titanium Tradition band.

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The customer service was amazing, and the shipping was incredibly fast — I “proposed” to my husband via text as soon as it came in the mail, and he immediately accepted!  😉 **Why the text, you wonder?  My husband has worked every day, weekends included, for the past two months.  Don’t get me started…

In addition to the great selection of rings, Blue Steel offers a variety of jewelry for lots of different occasions.

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Allure Earrings

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Jubilee Bracelet

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Infinity Necklace

Blue Steel is offering one of our Dandy readers a $50 gift code to use at their website!  Head over to do some virtual shopping, then come back and enter to win!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of April 3rd and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Blue Steel, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Kranich’s Jewelers {Review}

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Two years ago, we took a trip to Washington DC with my family.  It was a great trip but ended up being pretty costly — though not for reasons we had anticipated.  Somewhere along the way that week, my husband lost his cell phone (that had the only pictures of my son right after he was born — long story about forgetting our camera) and I lost my wedding ring.  We searched everywhere for both and tried to retrace our steps, to no avail.  It was heartbreaking!

I searched for the perfect ring for about a year, so I became fairly attuned to what I was looking for in a special piece of jewelry.  I love clean lines and a simple setting for practical everyday use.  I like the look and durability of white gold (my first ring was platinum, and it took a lot to keep it looking shiny and smooth), and also the shine of a gorgeous single diamond.

Kranich’s Jewelers features two collections of engagement rings and wedding bands that fit my own description for a ring, and they also offer such a variety of choices that would appeal to all buyers.  If anyone is thinking of popping the question this Valentine’s Day or would love to encourage their significant other (!), I would suggest taking a look at the classy engagement ring and wedding band selections  of the ArtCarved Collection or the stunning range of gorgeous pieces in the Gabriel and Company Collection.

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**This posting and review was sponsored by Kranich’s, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Keystone Puzzles {Review}

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Recently I have been rediscovering the simple joy of puzzles!  If you have a toddler in the house, you know how they can be a treasured play toy from a very early age.  “Rocket” was not really a fan for the longest time, and it kind of broke my heart because I wanted him to find the same enjoyment that I found in puzzles as a little girl.  With time, he has come around and we’ve enjoyed pulling out and finishing new puzzles together.  Maybe it had to do with getting the right puzzles–you know, ones with cars and trucks.

Puzzles are practically ageless, aren’t they?  You see them in preschools, you see them in nursing homes.  Heck, my family of all ages will sit around a card table and put together 500-piece puzzles all during Christmas break!  If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind, unique, and personalized puzzle for your family and your home, Keystone Puzzles has some beautiful creations!

Karen, the puzzlecutter from Keystone Puzzles, creates all her puzzles herself from start to finish, from the beautiful hills of Pennsylvania.   What is so unique about Keystone Puzzles is all of the intricate cutting styles.  Here is the standard cut, which is already pretty fantastic.  Can you spot the cute figural piece?

Keystone Puzzles has an impressive number of figurals that can be incorporated into each custom puzzle.  How neat to have these incorporated as puzzle pieces!

Every piece is meticulously cut by hand, one piece at a time, with the tiniest cuts!  Here is the beautiful spiral cut.

These artistic pieces are crazy!!  No two puzzles are ever the same!  Truly unique.

Keystone puzzles can also do continuous, long arm, non-interlocking, butterfly, enhanced spiral, grid, and combination cuts.

They can also incorporate color-line cutting, disguised edge pieces, and trick edge pieces!  They can do dropouts (like the “I Love You” in my mini puzzle below), dropout/figural combinations, and sculpted edges!  Fancy, schmancy!

Karen sent me a mini puzzle so I could see for myself how intricately beautiful these puzzles are.  The first thing I noticed was the high quality wood.  The pieces are made from a 1/4″ 5-ply birch plywood, which is extremely strong, and the combination of maple and birch gives the pieces a lovely contrasted look from the side.

This mini puzzle took me almost over 5 minutes to solve!  I love that!  I can only imagine the thrilling challenge a large puzzle 18 or 19 inches in length would be!  With all the unexpected cuts and designs, what a cozy evening of puzzle-doing you could have!

Everything was sanded smooth and tied so cute in a box.  In fact, included with every puzzle purchase is a storage box to hold and protect your puzzle!  The large puzzles come with a handmade solid wood box with a sliding lid, and stained and finished!  Talk about a heirloom that will last for generations!!

You must go take a look at all the incredible creations in Karen’s shop!  There are some exquisite creations that would be PERFECT for wedding gifts or even family reunions!

Go take a look for yourself at all the beautiful things Karen makes in her Etsy shop!

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