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Inspiration for Easter

Peter Rabbit items at Williams Sonomasource

Happy first week of spring sweet readers! I hope Spring has made her appearance where you are.  She is in glorious full bloom here. 🙂  A few springs ago, Williams Sonoma began to carry Peter Rabbit items for Easter, and I have wanted to purchase all of them each year.  I know.  All of our children are grown, and there is not a stitch of pastel anywhere in this house, but that hasn’t stopped me from loving the sweet designs.  They are just so perfect for Easter.

Peter Rabbit at Williams Sonomasource

When our first child was about a year old,  I used a number of Beatrix Potter items in his nursery, and of course he had the set of little books.  I was very much a fan of pastels at that time (especially pale yellow and baby blue) and even did my classroom in a Peter Rabbit garden theme using pages from a large coloring book as patterns.  It was a very sweet and charming look.  Williams Sonoma’s sister store, Pottery Barn Kids, could provide all I need today if I wanted to do that again.  Isn’t this pbkids’ Easter table just precious?!

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Several years ago Baby Gap carried a Peter Rabbit line.  It is a good thing we did not have young ones around here because I would have purchased everything!

Peter Rabbit and Gap 2013source

And if we had little children here for Easter I know I would want to do a full blown Peter Rabbit egg hunt and party.  There is just so much inspiration out there for it!  Take a look at this sweet birthday party Claire at A Preppy Perspective  did.  Yes, I know it is a birthday party, but you can use so many of her ideas for an Easter brunch.  I love the mint “plants” in “dirt” cups with the wooden spoon plant markers. 🙂

Peter Rabbit birthday party A Preppy Perspectivesource

Zuni’s party at Chickadee Home Nest is a big Peter Rabbit extravaganza!  If you are looking for ideas for ways to serve your Easter brunch, be sure you check out the entire post.

Peter Rabbit party collage

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If you are lucky enough to be able to host an Easter party outside, Courtney’s Peter Rabbit party at Sweeter than Cupcakes has some precious decor ideas to steal  borrow. (I really really want the little sweater on the sticks! 🙂 )

Peter Rabbit birthday party

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Be sure you take a peek at all the photos in this garden party in the next link.  The cake is gorgeous, but you will want to see what they did with the flower pots too.  (Just scroll down when you get to the site.  All the photos will be there.)

Peter Rabbit party Alex Michele photographysource

Of course, an Easter garden party does not have to be a Peter Rabbit theme.  Flowers can take center stage as well.  Wouldn’t you love to have that chocolate cake?!  (Although I would think it is too pretty to eat.)

Easter photoshoot with Pickle photographysource

And children are not the only ones who can enjoy an Easter garden party.  The beautifully styled party below was for adults. 🙂 (Just look at the many great food ideas – I would love to copy those Caprese skewers!)

grown up garden partysource

More Easter garden party food…
chocolates. 🙂

Fresh chocolates from Terrainsource

and cucumber sandwiches cut with cookie cutters.

Easter cucumber sandwichessource

These chocolate dipped pretzel rods make great party favors or gifts.

dipped pretzel carrots for Eastersource

Or you can follow the diy directions for making these carrot gift boxes.
Aren’t they precious?!

Easter carrot favor boxessource

Back to food…(can’t stay away from it very long, can we?)  Chocolate dipped strawberries make great stand in “carrots” to have “growing” out of the cookie dirt.

I really need to make these.

chocolate mousse with strawberry carrotssource

Carrot (cake) cookies anyone?

carrot cake cookiessource

Of course the real reason for Easter has nothing to do with Peter Rabbit, the Easter Bunny, or carrots. All of those are pretty and charming things, but the real reason is to celebrate the risen Lord.  These cookies are just perfect for that (and pretty and charming too. 🙂 )

He is Risen cookies for Eastersource

If the cookies look too complicated for you, how about Easter eggs that are simply decorated with a paint pen…

Easter eggs decorated with paint penssource

or a Sharpie marker.

Inspirational Easter Eggssource

If you need gift bags, here is a diy using a gold Sharpie marker.

Easter treat bagsource

Easter table settingsource

And finally, I know this pink sign has floated around Pinterest for a couple of years, but it is too perfect to not post here today for Easter inspiration.  There are directions for making it on the site.

Amazing Grace spring mantel diy lettering from Nest of Posiessource

But there will be not be any pink nor any Peter Rabbit in our house for Easter decorating this year.  I am going in a completely different direction, and you can see it all on Friday when I am part of Marty’s Spring Home tour.  You can find all of the daily links below.  Marty does a great job of hosting this, and she pulls together a big variety of styles.  (I think I am the token “traditionalist” in the bunch. LOL)  Even if we do not have the same decorating direction, I think it is fun to find a new idea or two from each bloggers’ vignettes.  I hope you will hop through the tour each day. 🙂

spring home tour

Monday – March 21
Cuckoo4Design – Julia
Thrifty and Chic – Alicia
Snazzy Little Things – Jeanette
Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna
Tuesday – Mar 22
Driven By Decor – Kris
Eleven Gables – Emily
Bliss @ Home – Kristin
Hymns & Verses – Doreen
Wednesday – Mar 23
Our Southern Home – Christy
Decor To Adore – Laura
Monica Wants It – Monica
Thursday – Mar 24
Simple Stylings – Summer
Remodelando La Casa – Cristina
Life Love Larson – Andrea
No Minimalist Here – Sherry
Fri – Mar 25 
Refresh Restyle – Debbie
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 I am going to leave you with a few seconds of spring while I run to finish my decorating.
Hope you enjoy!

 

Until next time…

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Debbie@debbiethisandthat.blogspot.com - March 24, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Such sweet ideas for Easter decorating! I’m looking forward to the Spring Home Tours!

kathy - March 23, 2016 - 9:48 pm

Too cute! I am inspired to pull out my Peter Rabbit things! Easter snuck up on me this year! Happy Easter!

DiAnne - March 23, 2016 - 9:19 pm

Kelly,
This is the most adorable Easter post in all of my blog land. Love it! Thank you for all the inspiration.
Happy Easter!
DiAnne

Zuni - March 23, 2016 - 4:22 pm

Hi, Kelly. I just got a very exciting email from a friend who was visiting you and saw that you had included (and linked!) my Peter Rabbit birthday party post from my lil’ ol’ blog!! That just makes my day!! Thanks so much!! I haven’t been blogging/visiting much lately, but funny thing, I was visiting you just the other day! Thanks soooo much! Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter. ~Zuni

Tricia - March 23, 2016 - 12:43 am

Kelly, such wonderful inspiration! Who doesn’t love Peter Rabbit, and I have a beautiful 26 year old plush Peter tucked away in his warren, complete with his little blue jacket. He, along with the Beatrix Potter books, must be part of our Easter decor. I would never have thought to do that! The cookies and eggs are indeed beautiful reminders of the reason we celebrate Easter. As always, thank you.

Cindy - March 22, 2016 - 11:40 pm

Love all those cute and clever ideas!! Thanks!?

Jane - March 22, 2016 - 10:53 pm

Many many fun ideas. I have a lot of Beatrix Potter dishes…gifts for when my daughter was born Now I have a granddaughter and you have inspired me to bring them out. Thank you and Happy Easter!!

Jane

Dawn - March 22, 2016 - 6:33 pm

Kelly,

I really like all of your inspiration. The chocolate covered strawberries to look like carrots is my favorite. I do love Peter Rabbit. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful and blessed Easter! Take care.

Dawn

Gina - March 22, 2016 - 5:38 pm

Thanks for all the inspiration!! I’m knee deep in planning our annual gathering at our home. Mine won’t be as pretty as those though. 😛 We’re expecting 46+ with all my husband’s big family. Thank goodness it will be warm enough to be outside. 🙂 Can’t wait to find a few moments to follow your links. 🙂

mari1017 - March 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Kelly, what a wonderful post! I just love everything! Peter Rabbit is perfect for this time of year. Do you follow the Beatrix Potter Society blog and Twitter, etc. accounts? Now I want to pull out and watch Miss Potter again lol 🙂
All the creative ways with food – wow! I’m saving this post! Such great ideas, and I have friends coming in two weeks with their two little girls. I would love to add a fun treat or two to their entertaining. Have a blessed Easter! Thanks for all you do for our blog. Your creativity and love for live and your readers really shines through! He is Risen indeed!!!

Vicki - March 22, 2016 - 4:20 pm

Oh yay, Peter Rabbit! Count me in. How sweet to use that in your classroom. Just bought a Peter Rabbit Easter banner & cupcake toppers at Home Goods. Maybe I can’t decorate my girls’ rooms that way anymore, but Peter is always welcome around here.
Looking forward to your tour!

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - March 22, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Hi Kelly! What a lovely surprise I had when I discovered your post today! It is so nice of you to have linked to my blog, I can’t find the words to describe how happy I was 🙂 It totally made my day!
Peter Rabbit is a super cute theme indeed and it was so much fun to use it for our little boy 1st birthday, I’m totally ready to do it again for Easter!
Thank you again and I wish you already a very Happy Easter!
Xoxo
Claire

Louvina - March 22, 2016 - 3:33 pm

Can you hear me ewwing and awwing from there?:) Beatrice Potter and her drawings/paintings are absolutely my favorite!! Used fabric and moffits from Peter Rabbit and his friends in my granddaughter’s nursery– 20 years ago! Sweet memories. I was taking a break from my cleaning and decorating when I saw your post and quickly scrolled through and promised myself to visit again at my next break. Looking forward to your house tour on Friday! Hope I am finished with my floors and all cleaning by then. 37 degrees here this morning — brr:) Got to get hopping! Hope you are enjoying this Blessed Holy Week as we pause to reflect on the true reason of Easter.

Garden, Home and Party - March 22, 2016 - 3:23 pm

Kelly,
Where to begin? First, I absolutely have always been a huge Beatrix Potter/Peter Rabbit and friends fan. I raised boys and other than the books, I’m not sure they cared for the stuffed toys I foisted on them, Squirrel Nutkin and Peter! Anyway, now that I have granddaughters, I’m waiting for the little one to be old enough to love it as much as grandma. Then I can break out the Beatrix Potter 3-piece china sets I own and we can do some of these fabulous ideas. Those mini carrots cut to look like full sized carrots with tops are adorable. I’m headed back to the top of your post so I can visit the links for the darling party ideas. Thank you.
I can hardly wait to see what you’ve come up with this Friday on the home tour.
xo,
Karen

Sandy in FWB - March 22, 2016 - 2:26 pm

I just love that little blue cardigan. I am coming back to this post this evening to further delve into all these goodies. They all look adorable. I can’t wait to see your spring tour.
Happy Easter to you!

Peggy - March 22, 2016 - 2:07 pm

Love the bunny stuff, but I’m so glad you included the real reason for this wonderful season! Our risen Savior Jesus! Have a blessed Easter.

Lincluden Cottage - March 22, 2016 - 1:14 pm

So sweet! I love what you’ve curated!

Angie - March 22, 2016 - 1:08 pm

Such a great post. This makes me want to get out my daughter’s Peter Rabbit plate, cup, and silverware. I wonder if she would want to use it again this Easter…21 isn’t too old for Peter Rabbit, is it? Thank you again for such a beautiful post.

Dana - March 22, 2016 - 12:56 pm

I want to wish you a blessed Easter and thank you for reminding us of what Easter is really about. I do delight in Peter Rabbit as well, and every wonderful thing about spring and nature reminds me to give glory to the Lord.

Mary Ellen Breitwiser - March 22, 2016 - 12:54 pm

I know I must sound like a “gusher” to you, Kelly, but every post is greater than the one before! This Easter blog is really inspiring. Can’t wait to share with my family. The “pantry” entry sent them into “Dreamland.” My youngest brother, who is a great cook and “pantry keeper,” printed off the pictures for the house he and his wife plan to build in the next few years. Jessica, my cousin’s daughter, was teary-eyed over the pantry shots. She’ll love the Easter blog too. And a very Happy Easter to you and yours! I get excited each time I see “you” in my inbox! He is risen! He is risen indeed! Praise His high and holy name forever!

Leslie Anne - March 22, 2016 - 12:50 pm

Peter Rabbit was also a favorite of mine when my boys were babies. I think Kennestone Hospital gave us a Peter Rabbit diaper bag or something that got me on the path. I made a window seat cushion for the nursery out of the PR fabric with matching curtains.

Sigh . . . those were the days! Happy Holy Week to you. Can’t wait to see your tour!

A Porch for St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Day tablescapeHappy St. Patrick’s Day to you!  I hope you are wearing pinch-proof green today. 🙂 Did you know that blue was originally the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day – not green??  Somewhere around the 17th century, people began wearing shamrocks and green ribbons in celebration of the holiday, and that was the start of green’s popularity as the color for St. Patrick’s Day.

St Patricks place settingThe porch is certainly wearing its green today!  It even has a few lucky green shamrocks clipped onto some small envelopes I found at Paper Source.  Inside each envelope is a dark chocolate mint. Yum!

St Patricks treat envelopes with chocolate mintsYou might notice that my shamrocks have 3 leaves – not 4.  That is the way it naturally grows, and even St. Patrick himself used the 3-leaves to explain the Holy Trinity in his teaching of Christianity to the people of Ireland. (Or at least that is how the legend goes.)

porch table for springOf course there’s no such thing as Shamrock Juice, but I thought it would be a good name for green kool-aid. 🙂  Did you know that part of the Chicago River is dyed green each year for a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day?

St Patricks drink dispenser

They have been doing this since 1962.  Do you suppose they use green kool-aid in the river? (I bet EPD would really love that! LOL)  Here is a time-lapse video showing the process:

And ferns have nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day, but I liked their color.  Our weather has been so warm lately, I thought they would be good out there on the porch (until they are completely dusted with our current snow of yellow pollen. 🙁 )

St Patricks chalkboardHere is an Irish blessing for you today. 🙂

St. Patricks Day chalkboardAnd here is more information for you on the life of the real St. Patrick – just in case you need a refresher course so that you can impress your friends today. 🙂  He was born around the year 395 A.D. in Kilpatrick, Scotland (yes, Scotland!)  He was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave to tend sheep there in the mountains when he was 16 years old.

spring porchDreams played a significant role in his life.  He dreamed God told him there would be a ship that would take him to Great Britain if he would run away to the coast.  He followed that dream and was able to escape from his captors.

spring porch decorWhen he was in Great Britain, he had a dream that the people of Ireland were begging him to come back to them.  That led him to begin studying to be a priest in the Catholic Church.  In 433, he did return to Ireland and worked for almost 30 years in the priesthood to convert the Irish to Christianity.

spring wall arrangementHe died on March 17, 461 in Ireland.  See where we got our St. Patrick’s Day date from?  The strange thing is, he was not made the patron saint of Ireland until hundreds of years later.  I guess it was all those myths about snakes (not true ones) that got the attention of the church.  St. Patrick’s Day became an official “feast day” for the Catholic church in the 17th century.

porch swingIt was just a small religious holiday in Ireland up until the 1970’s there.  The United States is where all the secular celebration of Irish culture began.  New York City’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in 1762.  I believe NYC and Boston have the largest celebrations in our country today (although the one in Savannah, Georgia seems pretty big to me!)

Talk of the House St Patricks Day porchAnd finally, you know how everyone seems to associate leprechauns with St. Patrick’s Day, right?  Well you won’t believe where that all started.

Disney!

Yes, in 1959 Disney made a movie, Darby O’Gill and the Little People.  (You can see a few scenes from the old movie here.)  It starred Sean Connery and was about some Irish characters and leprechauns. Somehow this American movie so popularized leprechauns that they became linked to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  Crazy!

And that brings us to the end of our St. Patrick’s Day history lesson. I hope you are having a fun filled day – whether you are of Irish descent or not.  Now I think I will go enjoy a cup of Irish breakfast tea. 🙂

Until next time…

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p.s.  If you would like more St. Patrick’s Day on the porch, you should check out this post from a couple of years ago. (Just click on the photo. 🙂 )

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Debbie@debbiethisandthat.blogspot.com - March 20, 2016 - 8:35 pm

Your porch looks so nice, Kelly! I love all the green. It was interesting to hear the history as well. I didn’t know many of those facts about St. Patrick’s Day!

Kim - March 20, 2016 - 9:28 am

Kelly….I love all your ideas as you decorate for each “season” or event. I read your blog faithfully.
I too have a large screen porch that I love. Living in NC, (weather much similar to your Georgia)..does the humidity not bother your wood furniture? I love your little desk by the door, and your chairs at the table! I had a wood table on my porch last year, and some areas of the top started to “warp” a little. Give me some tricks to keep this from happening!

Thanks! You and your blog are an inspiration!
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The wood pieces on our porch are painted with a number of coats of polyurethane. The end by the desk is well protected, and it does not get very damp at all. Even when there is wind, it does not blow in there. The dining table end does get wet on the floor and close to the screened wall. The polyurethane seems to do a great job on the pieces near there. I do go back and put a wax paste on both the wicker tabletop and the long dining table each year. I use Johnson’s paste wax and buff it well. (http://www.homedepot.com/p/SC-Johnson-1-lb-Fine-Wood-Paste-Wax-00203/100154748 ) That seems to do the trick for the pieces out there.
Hope this helps!
Kelly

Cheri - March 18, 2016 - 8:31 am

Love how you incorporated just enough green in your house, it looks wonderful. Thanks for the history lesson and I had forgotten all about that Disney movie, I need to get that for the “Grands” to watch, it was cute.

Mary - March 18, 2016 - 12:29 am

LOVE your porch Kelly. I would love to spend a day hanging out there!! Everything looks so inviting and peaceful. You do such a great job decorating. Always a treat to see your posts! Thanks for the inspiration.

Cindy T - March 17, 2016 - 10:31 pm

I loved the story of St. Patrick..it is a lesson learned for me..thank you! I really love your porch, if it was mine I would be out there all the time. Kelly, you really do some wonderful things with it. By the way, where did you learn calligraphy.. I’ve always wanted to give it a try! Hope you had a wonderful St. Paddy’s Day!!

Design Chic - March 17, 2016 - 7:35 pm

I just knew when I came here, today, that I was going to see a beautiful table – love everything you did and the paper source envelopes are adorable!

Louvina - March 17, 2016 - 5:49 pm

Loved both postings- today’s and last year’s as well! Raining here and cooling down a bit. As you know, March Madness begins and we are patiently waiting for our team UK to play as great smells are coming from the kitchen of St. Paddy’s Day supper cooking! My new dish is calcannon– mashed potatoes with kale/cabbage. Also using the glaze in your recipe made from orange marmalade and stone ground mustard on the brisket. Are you having company for dinner? We only have our neighbor sharing ours. Loved all the history/legends you shared and I do believe your chalk writings are getting better all the while! Love them and the messages you share. How did you get that Kelly green signature? Cool–💚

Sandy in FWB - March 17, 2016 - 3:49 pm

I love both last year’s and this year’s. You always manage to tweak it and make it all new. So cute. I love the green a lot!!!! You have inspired me with your cute little table gifts for all the occasions. I am planning to steal that idea for Easter this year.
Thanks for sharing. That is why I love blogs.

Kathy P. - March 17, 2016 - 3:39 pm

Love the green porch, especially those green plates. Being Irish, I love that you are using the Shamrocks instead of the 4-leaf clover. Shamrocks are the real thing. Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for all the beauty you bring to our lives.

Nan, Odessa, DE - March 17, 2016 - 2:05 pm

I see you are still the teacher! Ha Ha
So enjoyed visiting your porch.

I know you always have good handwriting, but did you express an interest in learning calligraphy? What is the brand of pen you are using in this post? Any lessons, practice books to share with a wanna be writer in calligraphy?

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and
Until we meet again.
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Garden, Home and Party - March 17, 2016 - 1:48 pm

Kelly,
I loved the movie Darby O’Gill and the Little People. What a fun post and your table looks so spring like. The fern in your garden tool arrangement is beautiful. I love that wall piece that you made.
Have a fun St. Patrick’s Day. I had to scrounge this morning to find something green. My green sweater wouldn’t have worked since the temps will be in the high seventies today.
xo,
karen

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - March 17, 2016 - 1:09 pm

Hi Kelly!
Your porch looks so inviting and serene like that! I love it!
And Happy St Patrick to you and your family!
Xoxo
Claire

Ren Jetton - March 17, 2016 - 12:46 pm

Love all of your green. And how I would love to have a porch like yours! Here is a quote from St. Patrick that Dr. James Howell, senior minister of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, sent out this morning: “I rise today thru God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s shield to protect me.” Happy St. Patty’s Day🍀

Faye - March 17, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Love all of your (Kelly) green! As for the Chicago River, I watch it being dyed every year from my office window…it is dye that goes away after a few hours. Makes for such a festive St. Patrick’s celebration. It’s a Paddy’s party all day in this town!
Hope your day is a lucky one!

Kaye Ann - March 17, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Gorgeous! I’m Irish, so I love St. Patty’s day.

Debbie from MountainMama - March 17, 2016 - 11:49 am

I am in love with your porch – drooling!!!! And you taught me some things about St Patrick I was not aware of – so thank you for that, too!! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you – and yes, I am wearing many shades of green today!

Donnamae - March 17, 2016 - 11:36 am

Thanks for the history lesson! Everything looks great! 😉
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You are quite welcome Donnamae. 🙂 Thank you for visiting the blog and leaving your sweet comment.
Hope you are having a great St. Patrick’s Day!
Kelly

Talia - March 17, 2016 - 11:35 am

Adorable!
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Thanks Talia!
Kelly

Sherry Myers - March 17, 2016 - 11:34 am

I LOVE THE PORCH! Aren’t you the smartest lady?! It really looks nice, Kelly. No matter how you do it, perfection and fun are the words that comes to mind. My favorites are the table (love the envelopes and contents,) the poem on the chalkboard (fabulous lettering,) and the plate arrangement over the desk (loved it since the beginning!) You just have the luck of the Irish when it comes to creativity. I enjoyed your research too. I used to tell the story of St.Patrick to my students in school, so your reminders brought back memories. My son had to take a different route home from his morning show in Savannah due to so many streets being used for the parade festivities. They are expecting around 300,000 people. Wow! Our celebration will be a little more low key. 😉 Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Thanks for the treat!🍀
Sherry
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I’m so happy you like the porch Sherry! No, not the smartest lady…just like to do research. 🙂
300,000 people in Savannah..WOW! I knew it was big!! Traffic is usually a nightmare downtown any time we are there, but I cannot even imagine how it is today. We are certainly more low key here as well.
Happiest of St. Paddy’s Days to you!
Kelly

Linda - March 17, 2016 - 11:24 am

How fun, never knew the story behind this. Lovely porch!!
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Thank you Linda! So glad I could give you the history lesson. 🙂
Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you.
Kelly

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