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13 May 2012

Sew Many Choices on eBay {+ $50 PayPal giveaway}

*** GIVEAWAY CLOSED ***
WINNER: Mhairi

Sewing – one of my favourite things.

Shopping – another favourite thing.

Shopping for Sewing Supplies – way up there on my top 10 list of favourite things to do.

I love shopping for patterns and fabrics and notions and quilting supplies and all of those things which make me happy.

Unfortunately, I usually have 2 kids with me, who think walking into a sewing shop is the highest form of torture. Eating Brussels sprouts is preferable.

If I need something, it’s usually a run in, quick search for what I need. While I have snacks available in my handbag – all is okay. The queues at the checkout are usually long, so I need to make sure I have enough food to keep them bribed for that part too. It’s a mission.

eBay is the answer. After the kids are in bed, I can browse and shop to my heart’s content, in all of the gorgeous eBay stores.




Have you checked out eBay recently? It used to be all about auctions, and selling unused items from around the house, to make a few extra $$$.

The nature of eBay has changed a lot in recent times. Today:

- 83% of all items available for sale on the eBay.com.au site are new.
- 74% of all consumer electronics sales on eBay.com.au are for new products.
- 68% of all parts and accessories sales on eBay.com.au are for new products.
- And 64% of all goods sold globally on eBay are at a fixed price not at auction

In October last year Fashion Gallery at eBay launched. The Fashion Gallery gives consumers direct access to a wide range of both new and discounted stock. Fashion Gallery showcases the most recognisable Australian and international fashion brands, all in one place.

Today eBay has more than 30 brands on the Fashion Gallery. The success of fashion on eBay, including the Fashion Gallery is demonstrated best by a fashion item now selling every 8 seconds and a dress every minute.

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I was given $100 to buy something nice for myself, and to experience this new and growing side of eBay.

I started researching. Researching is fun. So many stores. So much to buy. The possibilities are amazing!

With so many options and so much for sale, I’m going to share some of my top tips, for buying on eBay.

1. Compare prices: Compare prices before making your purchase to ensure that you get the best possible deal.

2. Do your homework: Make sure you read the item’s description carefully and be aware of any measurements and size differences if buying from another country.

3. Get to know the seller: Check their feedback from buyers they’ve had previous transactions with and check their pictures and descriptions.

4. Pay safe: Make sure you pay with a safer payment method, such as PayPal.

5. Leave Feedback: If you had a great transaction, be sure to shout it from the rooftops (or click the positive button).

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Okay, I think I’ve decided what I’d like to buy, for myself:

I’ve been eyeing off this pattern by Leanne Beasley for a while, so I look forward to hitting that “Buy it Now” button.

eBay 2

As well as this Matilda’s Own Imperial 14” x 18” Quilting ruler

ebay 3

And maybe this Sassy Sewing Set pattern...

ebay 4

With thanks to eBay, I have a $50 voucher to giveaway to very a lucky Samelia’s Mum reader. Are you ready to shop?



1. Firstly you must have a PayPal account. If you don’t have one yet, visit www.paypal.com.au and set one up. It’s quick and easy.

2. Visit the eBay Stores and tell me what NEW item, you would buy if you won the $50 prize. Copy the URL of the item and paste it here in the comments.

3. Share the love. Blog, tweet or like this post on Facebook for extra chances to win. Just leave comments with the URL. I will check ;-)

4. Giveaway closes at Midday on Sunday 27 May 2012 (Australian EST).



*** If you are entering as an anonymous commenter or if you are a no-reply@blogger, please include your email address in each comment (so that I can contact you, if you win) ***



80 comments:

  1. I would get this http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Alphabet-Rolling-Custom-Rubber-Stamp-Name-Card-marking-/261022532851?pt=AU_Stamping&hash=item3cc627c4f3#ht_2620wt_952

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  2. I would put it towards this :o) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Summersville-Lucie-Summers-Moda-ALL-27-FAT-QUARTER-BUNDLE-WhiMsY-CooL-/140749343672?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item20c5508bb8

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  3. I also have a paypal account.. would be lost without it!

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  4. That's easy! I've wanted a ruffler foot for my machine for ages, but they are quite expensive:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ruffler-Presser-Foot-Feet-for-Janome-Sewing-Machine-/150730329469?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23183a4d7d
    Thanks for the chance!

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  5. I have a Paypal account and a love affair with Ebay for my kids' clothes & shoes especially.

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  6. I find you get more for your money on stuff like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SINGER-SEWING-STOOL-OTTOMAN-/140750109264?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c55c3a50

    I saw it was 10 bucks and almost just got it then and there. but the 22 shipping threw me off.

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  8. I shared the giveaway on fb
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/mo.eads

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  9. I'd go from this one:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Taza-20-Fat-Quarters-Quilt-Fabric-Bundle-5-yd-yds-Bundle-Dena-Fishburn-Designs-/270972515751?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f173875a7#ht_2780wt_977

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  10. I have a Paypal account as I LOVE eBay and etsy.

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  11. If I were to win I would definitely be adding this to my stash - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Fat-Quarter-Bundle-Woodland-Lecien-Natalie-Lymer-Forest-Fairy-Mushroom-Nymph-/320868373612?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item4ab53ed46c

    I would spend the rest in this store too as it has some great fabrics.
    I had fun searching so thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  12. I would get http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DOLLCAKE-Little-Girls-TIMELESS-FROCK-Dress-Size-5-BNWT-/370611711534?pt=AU_Girl_Clothing&hash=item564a2dee2e

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  13. Shared on FB here: http://tinyurl.com/7pwwh2j

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  14. Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/sazzyfrazzy/status/201546664748646400

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  15. I would buy some fabric from this store. I especially love this pink peacock feathers. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LIBERTY-LONDON-Hot-Pink-HERA-Feathers-XL-FQ-Fabric-TANA-LAWN-Peacock-CLASSIC-/310399309186?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item48453d9582#ht_1101wt_825

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  16. I tweeted >> https://twitter.com/#!/IamLilyMunster/status/201552170305335296

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  17. I liked this post on facebook.

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  18. I have a paypal account and would buy this - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Drawing-Board-Artist-Display-Easel-Tripod-/260927812887?pt=AU_Art_Supplies&hash=item3cc0827517

    and probably more brushes - can never have too many paint brushes lol

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  19. A set of rayon threads for thread painting and embellishment. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/50-Large-Art-Silk-Rayon-Embroidery-Machine-Thread-/400231478191?pt=UK_Thread_Floss_1&hash=item5d2fa7b3af#ht_3093wt_1037

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  20. Shared on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/109757012881899722898/posts/Ckd369wDo3i

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  21. I would immediately buy this :http://www.ebay.com/itm/40-DIFF-1-4-YD-PCS-1930s-REPRODUCTION-FABRIC-1-00-EA-/400296360138?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item5d3385b8ca#ht_500wt_1413
    Keeping my fingers crossed.
    Beijinhos,
    Teresa

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  22. I am looking for new lovely hotel sheets: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/280683133621?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

    Thanks for the prize.

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  23. My poor pooch is shivering so this would be great,
    I'd buy an Aussie made dog coat for my beautiful mate.
    Here is the link for you to peruse
    My dog hopes it is our entry you choose!

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Dog-Coat-Oil-Skin-65cm-Jacket-Clothing-AUS-Made-/310302884344?pt=AU_Pet_Supplies&hash=item483f7e41f8#ht_2368wt_847

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  24. I need some quilting rulers. This is the first on my list: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Companion-Angle-ruler-cutting-quarter-square-triangle-/330717860740?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item4d00521384#ht_901wt_1037

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  25. Pretty much anything from here: http://stores.ebay.com.au/me2me2-textiles
    Heather Ross... mmm....

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  26. I have a paypal account - what a great way to shop! :)

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  28. I can't live without my Paypal account! Would love to buy this :) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Kawaii-design-fabric-bundles-Mushrom-fruit-house-tiny-japanese-import-/220962115459?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item33725e4f83

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  29. I am an Ebay Queen & couldn't live with out Paypal. I got my last purchase in the mail on Friday, an 8 inch rotating cutting mat, all the way from the USA for a total of $17. Given a free $50 to play with I would order this Vintage Modern Fat 8 Bundle http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-Modern-Quilting-Fabrics-Moda-Fat-Eighth-Bundle-Quilt-Fabric-not-quarters-/260961198753?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item3cc27fe2a1
    I love your pattern choices too, they have both caught my eye. Tracee xx

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  30. It would be so difficult to choose as I'm always seeing things I love!

    I think I would probably buy this cat cross stitch as it reminds me of my cat!

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-DESIGN-HERITAGE-CATS-RULE-MIND-CROSS-STITCH-14-CT-/251047489509?pt=UK_Crafts_CrossStitch_RL&hash=item3a7398afe5#ht_743wt_952

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  31. I have a papypal account!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  32. With the cold and flu season upon us, I use essential oils such as eucalyptus and clove that are anti viral and antibacterial which keeps our family virus free in winter. So I would love to buy an electric oil diffuser so that the integrity of the oils are maintained as some compounds in the oils are destroyed when the oil is heated in a conventional candle diffuser.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Electric-Essential-Oils-Fragrance-Oils-Diffuser-Burner-/180665624046?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1082a5ee#ht_659wt_922

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  33. I need ruler - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Patchwork-Ruler-quilting-12-5-x-12-5-inches-Low-P-P-/390410299307?pt=UK_Crafts_Quilting_ET&hash=item5ae64467ab

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  34. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/hueisei/status/201613308019740672

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  35. http://www.ebay.com/ctg/Big-Bang-Theory-Seasons-1-4-DVD-2011-4-Disc-Set-/109612139?fvcs=1177&_fcls=1&_tab=2&_trksid=m185&_trkparms=algo%3DPP.GENRES%26its%3DK%26itu%3DUCK%252BUA%26otn%3D16%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D8385011205566031543

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  36. I would buy some Verona.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Riley-Blake-Designs-VERONA-by-Emily-Taylor-22-Fat-Quarter-Bundle-100-Cotton-New-/280877537834?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item41659b1a2a#ht_500wt_1063

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  37. I'd probably get this for my daughters room: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Giant-Tree-Wall-Decal-Sticker-Nursery-Decor-Owl-Flowers-/110856616398?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19cf91b9ce

    or else this for me: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SOMERTON-GREEN-SHABBY-CHIC-PINK-ROSE-4PCE-CUP-SAUCERS-43027-/370566089681?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item564775cbd1

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  38. I have a very active Paypal account! I get a lot of my quilting fabric from e-bay, and I have been itching to make a jelly roll strip quilt. So I would get http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-MODERN-Jelly-Roll-by-Bonnie-Camille-for-Moda-Fabrics-/370606321138?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item5649dbadf2, a jelly roll of Vintage Modern, and with the left over find some backing fabric. Thanks for the give away!

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  39. I would buy some australian fabric like this
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AUSTRALIAN-Burrangong-Creek-Bird-Life-Cream-Fabric1-2Yard-/110875323308?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item19d0af2bac
    and this
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Australians-Amaroo-Frames-Black-Fabric-1-2-Yard-/110868301246?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item19d04405be
    or this
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AUSTRALIAN-Burrangong-Creek-Kids-White-Fabric1-2Yard-/200745739737?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item2ebd60e5d9 .

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  40. I would have a little splurge and get myself this Ruby Layer Cake. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Moda-Layer-Cake-Squares-Quilt-Fabric-Ruby-cotton-quilting-fabrics-not-Jelly-Roll-/260922787080?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item3cc035c508 I've been eyeing Ruby off for a while now. I have a Paypal account. Thanks for this great giveaway.

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  42. HELLO! I'D LIKE TO CHOOSE THE 'RUBY FAT QUARTER BUNDLE'!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ruby-20-Fat-Quarters-Quilt-Fabric-Bundle-5-yd-Bundle-by-Bonnie-and-Camille-/270974895425?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f175cc541

    THANKS FOR SHARING A GREAT GIVEAWAY!
    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  43. SHARED GIVEAWAY ON FB!
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1711336606

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  44. I would choose http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Quilt-Fabric-Bundle-25-Fat-Quarters-Quilting-Cotton-Stash-Builder-/120819454541?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item1c2166924d

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  45. I tweeted@ https://twitter.com/#!/mimistarquilter/status/201823221987815424 (hope I did this correctly)

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  46. I would buy some of this
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MODA-Fabric-TERRAIN-Kate-Spain-Forest-Floor-Foliage-1-2-yd-/200656648052?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item2eb8117774#ht_3109wt_1037
    and add some of this
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Terrain-Kate-Spain-Moda-Fabric-Forest-Floor-Bloom-27090-18-/320897853653?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item4ab700a8d5#ht_643wt_1037
    and maybe even some of this
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Good-Fortune-Tranquility-27101-Moda-Quilt-Fabric-Yard-1-2-Yd-bty-Kate-Spain-/270955494296?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f1634bb98#ht_873wt_1037

    can you tell I like Kate Spain's designs

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  47. I have also posted on facebook

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  48. I have a (well used!) paypal account. I'd love to buy some hexagon templates..
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Matildas-Own-Hexagon-Template-EXTRA-Large-Set-5-/300632995123?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item45ff1f7533

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  49. Love my paypal account can access and by so many wonderful things for my family. nicrogla@bigpond.net.au

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  50. I already have a Paypal account.

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  51. I Tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/birdie00000/status/201860690502369280

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  52. I think I'd buy some Curious Nature fabrics. :)

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  53. I would get The Game of Thrones Season 1 on blu-ray - great show! http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Game-Thrones-Complete-First-Season-Blu-ray-New-and-Sealed-/221019439778?pt=AU_Movies_Movies_TV_Shows&hash=item3375c902a2

    bert

    bertc@selc.com.au

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  54. I'd love to get some Kaffe Fassett charm packs so I could do an all Kaffe quilt. A colour overdose. :) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Kaffe-Fassett-COLLECTIVE-WATER-6-Charm-Pack-Quilting-Fabric-Squares-Westminster-/380421193057?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item5892debd61

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  55. Oh, I would love this silver needle case.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/370471497184?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


    What a fantastic giveaway. Thanks

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  56. I have a paypal account :-)
    I'm interested in candle making so would love to get some supplies to start
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-MONSTER-SOY-WAX-CANDLE-MAKING-KIT-/160801154247?pt=AU_Candle_Soap_Making&hash=item25707ee4c7#ht_3692wt_1081

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  57. I love this Liberty of London fabric. I have always wanted a piece of Liberty of London.
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LIBERTY-LONDON-TANA-LAWN-FABRIC-DESIGN-Mabelle-2-M-Purple-/180868011451?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric_Textiles_SM&hash=item2a1c92d5bb

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  58. I use paypal and e-bay all the time! Love to shop from my hnome!!

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  59. I'd indulge my love for the "little ladies"!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Martha-Stewart-Crafts-Double-Craft-Punch-Ladybug-/160798825938?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25705b5dd2

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lady-Bug-Chocolate-Candy-Mold-/170831938235?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c66082bb

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/FLEXIBLE-Silicone-LADYBUG-LADYBIRD-bug-mold-4-polymer-clay-resin-fondant-FI12-/261015410130?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cc5bb15d2

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fiskars-Squeeze-Punch-Extra-Large-Heart-Thats-Amore-/280867526044?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416502559c

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  60. Tweeted & FBed!


    http://www.facebook.com/#!/buggal1989

    https://twitter.com/#!/buggal1989

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  61. There is no question - I would buy some bamboo batting! http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Bamboo-Quilting-Batting-Quilts-Patchwork-fabric-King-Size-Quilt-Wadding-NEW-/260965045189?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item3cc2ba93c5#ht_27014wt_1007. I've been wanting to try some, but have been trying to use up scraps of other batting that I have left over first. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  62. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Birkenstock-Gizeh-37-L6-R-Gold-043811-/270972961159?pt=AU_Women_Shoes&hash=item3f173f4187

    have a paypal account

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  63. tweeted



    https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sameliasmum.com%2F2012%2F05%2Fsew-many-choices-on-ebay-50-paypal.html%3FshowComment%3D1337053677183&source=tweetbutton&text=Sew%20Many%20Choices%20on%20eBay%20%7B%2B%20%2450%20PayPal%20giveaway%7D%20&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sameliasmum.com%2F2012%2F05%2Fsew-many-choices-on-ebay-50-paypal.html%3FshowComment%3D1337053677183%23c7197549361342548570&xd_token=ac0f9df94e722

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  64. I am definitely eyeing this one shouldered dress. Ready for some winter partying.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Pilgrim-Textured-One-Shoulder-Dress-/170809002238?var=&_trksid=p2045938#ht_1205wt_1139

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  65. I have had my eye on this pattern: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110639786663?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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  66. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/100-x-3-CHARM-SQUARES-2-X-50-DESIGNS-100-Cotton-Fabric-Sewing-Material-/261006186112?pt=AU_Fabric&hash=item3cc52e5680

    To make my first patchwork quilt for my best friend's bub!

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  67. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/100-x-3-CHARM-SQUARES-2-X-50-DESIGNS-100-Cotton-Fabric-Sewing-Material-/261006186112?pt=AU_Fabric&hash=item3cc52e5680

    To make my first patchwork quilt for my best friend's bub!
    Laura donkey.12@live.com.au

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  69. As a new mum of one
    I am constant on edge
    I'm still new to this job
    But my BEST I have pledged

    My wee little girl
    Such a beautiful babe
    Has me full on the go
    I'm quite tired every day

    But then along he does come
    My dear knight on his steed
    My partner and friend
    Sweet soul mate indeed

    He pick's up the mess
    And he does every dish
    He look's after his girls
    Tend's to their every wish

    Without him I know
    I would barely quite cope
    He's my strength and my rock
    And provide's me with hope

    So I see this as quite
    A good chance to give back
    To buy him a treat
    And to cut him some slack

    At the end you will find
    A link to my choice
    It's a thing that he's wants
    A gift to my boy

    As the jumper does say
    It's just once that you live
    I can picture his joy
    This is perfect to give :)


    1. Yup I have paypal ready to go :)

    2. My gift : http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/YOLO-You-Only-Live-Once-Drake-Wayne-Take-Care-Young-Money-Crew-Neck-Sweat-Shirt-/300665100265?pt=US_CSA_MC_Sweaters&var=&hash=item8bb4f2b7ed#ht_4457wt_1139

    3. I'm sorry but I don't have facebook or Twitter but I have my very own profile on the excellent site for mum's Kidspot and I have shared love for your site on there :) :)
    URL for my shared love is: http://social.kidspot.com.au/index.php/profile/tawhi

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  70. P.s Sorry ! My email is tuffdeck@hotmail.com

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  71. I would put it twds this gorgeous vintage lamp!

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/little-French-VINTAGE-CHANDELIER-CRYSTAL-DROP-LAMP-BOUDOIR-SHADE-/160803232787?pt=AU_Decorative_Arts_Homewares&hash=item25709e9c13#ht_538wt_1189

    I have paypal!

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