Home Decor


Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

I’m Amy.  I work with The Crafting Chicks on the back side of their blog.  Years ago my cousins and I had a little blog to share all of our crafty projects.  We got busy and the blog disappeared.  But I still love to craft.  And I still get to work with the wonderful Crafting Chicks!

My parents have a piece of property that they stay at over the summers.  The grand kids just LOVE to go camping out there too.  Think…. 4 wheelers, zipline and archery range… yep.  The kids (and adults) LOVE it!

Last summer my parents were given a 1972 Rancho el Rae Camper Trailer.  The idea was to slap some paint on it and turn it into a guest house for their property.  As soon as I saw this trailer, I knew it needed to become a Glamper!  Let me show you what we did… (with links to tutorials that will help you to do the same!)

Retro Camping Trailer Remodel

Before

The base of the trailer was in fairly good condition.  But boy oh boy, was it dated.  (Don’t you just love that carpet?!  Yikes!)  We liked the aqua trim.  But the dark paneling, carpet and floral print just had to go.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

 

After

What a difference!  Oh it turned out SO cute!  The color.  The light.  The retro feel.

Love. Love. Love!

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Vintage camper trailer

Vintage Camper Trailer

Retro Camper Trailer

Patching Holes

If you’ve got an old trailer, you know that you’ve got to do some repairs.  We had some water damage.  So my amazing Dad jumped in and started patching holes.  Here is a great tutorial to walk you through the process:  Patching Holes.

Camper Trailer Remodel - Patching holes

Paint

A little bit of paint makes a HUGE difference.  The white opened up the space and gave it a completely different feel.  The red drawers gave it that pop of color we were looking for.

Painting a Camper Trailer

Flooring

The first thing to come out was that carpet. Yikes!

We just fell in love with the black and white checkered tiles!  So much easier to clean and so fun!

Here is a great tutorial for installing new flooring:  Trailer Flooring.

Camper Trailer Remodel - Flooring

Reupholstering Cushions

Our polka dot cushions turned out beautiful!  We used Riley Blake Fabric.  The cushions are a Home Decor fabric called Medium White Dot on Black.   If you haven’t used their fabric before, you are missing out!  Oh my!  It’s like sewing with clouds.  Truly.  (I just did another project without Riley Blake Fabric… it was like working with sand paper.  Awful!  I’ll be sticking with Riley Blake.)

Luckily, the kitchen table cushions were in great condition once we flipped them over.  Now the Aqua color shows beautifully.

My Mom tackled the bedroom cushions.  And they were a beast.  But she’s a miracle worker and they turned out adorable!!  The couch that folds into a bed was super complicated.

Here is a tutorial to help you with cushions:  Cushion Tutorial.

Camper Trailer Cushion Remodel

Curtains

The curtains are Riley Blake fabric as well.  We needed to double the material on the curtains, since the windows don’t have blinds.  We wanted the trailer to be light and bright during the day, have privacy at night, and keep the sun from peaking in during the early morning hours.  We made curtains ties to hold the curtains open during the day.  We attached the ties to the curtain on one side (so they don’t get lost) and they just velcro together in the back.

In the bedroom part of the trailer we used Four Corners Teal, Medium Dots Black, and White Swiss Dot on Black.

In the kitchen part of the trailer we used: Small Red Gingham, Medium Dots Black, and White Swiss Dot on Black.

We also made some accents pillows with Medium Dots Aqua/Red.

Camper Trailer How To Curtains

Before and After

What a difference!

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Painting the outside of a trailer

At first we had visions of a bright white trailer with a red stripe down the side.  Maybe a few polka dots here and there.  Then we decided NOT to paint the outside of the trailer.  Let me tell you why…  This trailer is, right now, sitting on mountain property surrounded by 5 feet of snow.  We can’t access the trailer for a good portion of the year.  That means that we can’t check on it to make sure that it hasn’t been broken into or being lived in (yikes!) as often as we would like to.  So we decided that it would be best to keep the outside of the trailer looking a little run down.  We don’t want the whole mountain to know what a darling trailer it has become!

If you want to paint the outside of your trailer, here is a great tutorial:  Painting the outside of a trailer.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

The circle stick-on mirrors are from Amazon.

The adorable red teapot is from  Bed, Bath and Beyond.

The plates, table runner and vase are from IKEA.

The furry animal friends were added by the grand kids and are from KOHLS.

Vintage Trailer Remodel - Retro Trailer - This is SO cute! Love this glamper!!

Do you have a trailer that is just begging for a little TLC?  What are you waiting for?  It isn’t as hard as you think and it’s so rewarding to transform an entire space!

Happy Glamping!

 


DIY Floral Monogram We are LOVING the new Floral Market at Michaels craft store.  They have added so many pretty flowers…different kinds and colors, such a pretty way to kick off spring.  I couldn’t wait to come up with a fun craft for the March Michaels Makers challenge.  Thinking all things floral and SPRING!  When there is still snow outside, it feels good to add a little color and happiness with these pretty flowers. sm floral monogram 4 I made pretty little DIY floral monograms for my girls’ rooms.  I will share the few easy steps it took to make these.  The DIY floral monograms look so pretty in their rooms! sm floral monogram 8 I found these little bundles of bright pink and coral roses.  One of my daughter has touches of pink in her room, and the other one coral. sm floral monogram 7 I found these wood monograms…just asking me to add paint and roses to them:)

You will just need a few items to make these DIY floral monograms.  All of these items can be found at Michaels Craft Store.

Carved Wood Letters (They are about 10 inches high)

-Paint (I used gold)

-sponge paint brush

-flower bundles (roses work best…and on the smaller side)

-Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
sm floral monogram 11 First, paint each letter.  I painted the back sides and inside grove…you don’t have to paint where you will be hot gluing the flowers. sm floral monogram 12 Remove the flower tops from the stems.  If they are tough to remove, I recommend a wire cutter. sm floral monogram 10 Start gluing!  Love this part.  Fill up the letter with the flowers.  You can line them up in the letter before gluing to see how many you will need.  I just kind of rolled with it and added and glued one at a time.  You really can’t mess this up! sm floral monogram 9 sm floral monogram 6 I love the transformation of the blank grooved letters to the pretty DIY floral monograms!
sm floral monogram 5 sm floral monogram 1 Such a pretty addition to my girls’ rooms!  This would be a fun project for an older girl to make on her own!  Happy floral crafting! sm floral monogram 2



DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign – create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.  This easy to make sign can be hung inside the home or on a front door and is guaranteed to spread some cheer.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Today I am going to show you how to create a DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign that is perfect for displaying this holiday.  I can’t believe how early Easter is this year.  It’s on March 27 which will be here before you know.  So, it’s time to start thinking about DIY craft projects now.  I love how bright and cheery this sign is.  Plus, there are just a few steps in making this sign.  Let’s get to it!

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

Supplies:

  • Premade Wood Sign
  • Chalky Finish Paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • HAPPY EASTER Cut file or you can use a stencil
  • Decorative Flower

Instructions:

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

I started by painting the wood sign using Americana Decor chalky finish paint in the color Heritage.  This is a orangish yellow color and I think it is perfect for Spring.  Since this is raw wood, I needed two coats of paint.  This color will be the color of my HAPPY EASTER text.  While the paint was drying, I made a vinyl stencil.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

I created a vinyl stencil with my electronic cutting machine.  If you don’t have a machine, you can always print and cut out the letters yourself.  I picked a font that I like, then placed the white vinyl HAPPY EASTER letters on the wood sign using transfer paper.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

If you like how the vinyl letters look, you can leave the sign like that.  I painted a thin coat over the letters using a white chalky finish paint.  When painting over vinyl, make sure it is well sealed to your working surface.  This will prevent paint from leaking underneath.  Let the paint dry then remove the vinyl letters.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

I used a fine grit piece of sandpaper and distressed around the edges and the front of the sign.  Then I hot glued a blue metal decorative flower to the sign.  The flower was actually in the same aisle as the wood sign in my local craft store.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

I am really happy how this DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign turned out!  It’s very simple and is slightly distressed making it look rustic.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

Thank you for letting me share today.  Hope you have a HAPPY EASTER and Spring!

 


Easy Valentine Decor - mantel inspiration, wreath, diy, signs, pillows, centerpiece, love letter station - I love all of these simple valentine ideas!

Have you started decorating for Valentine’s Day?  We’ve rounded up easy Valentine Decor ideas for you today!  These are simply adorable!  I just love the pop of red this time of year brings!

Easy Valentine Decor

 

Valentine Throw Pillow from Diary of a Quilter

Easy Valentine Decor - mantel inspiration, wreath, diy, signs, pillows, centerpiece, love letter station - I love all of these simple valentine ideas!

Love Sign from Aqua Lane Design

Easy Valentine Decor - mantel inspiration, wreath, diy, signs, pillows, centerpiece, love letter station - I love all of these simple valentine ideas!

DIY String Art from Green Wedding Shoes

DIY String Heart

Love Tree Centerpiece from The Crafting Chicks

Love Tree Centerpiece

You + Me on a tree from Three Scoops of Love

You and Me

Felt Heart Valentine Holders from The Crafting Chicks

Easy Valentine Decor - mantel inspiration, wreath, diy, signs, pillows, centerpiece, love letter station - I love all of these simple valentine ideas!

Hanging Love Letters from Jennifer Decorates

Easy Valentine Decor - mantel inspiration, wreath, diy, signs, pillows, centerpiece, love letter station - I love all of these simple valentine ideas!

Valentine Mantel Inspiration from The Crafting Chicks

Mantel Inspiration

Striped Love Sign from Simply Kierste

DIY Striped Love Sign

DIY Handwritten Pillowcase from Life PreKARIous

Handwritten Pillowcase

Mantel Inspiration from Kim Six Fix

Mantel Inspiration

DIY Love Letter Station from The Crafting Chicks

DIY Love Letter Station

Mantel Inspiration from Craftaholics Anonymous

Mantel Inspiration

Glittery Valentine Candy Dish from The Crafting Chicks

Glittery Valentine Candy Dish

Mantel Inspiration from Remodelando La Casa

Mantel Inspiration

Wall Stickers on Glass Window from My House My Home

Wall Stickers on glass window

Burlap Heart Wreath from Where the Smiles Have Been

Burlap heart wreath

Easy Valentine Decor - mantel inspiration, wreath, diy, signs, pillows, centerpiece, love letter station - I love all of these simple valentine ideas!


Hey guys! It’s Kari from Life PreKARIous. These easy DIY Cardboard Santa hats are so fun and easy to make! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?! These hats are seriously so simple and will only take you a few minutes to put togeher! I’ve seen a ton of different Christmas trees made out of these cardboard cones. These hats are a fun little addition.

DIY Cardboard Santa Hats

You willl need a couple card board cones from the craft store, some felt, pom poms, faux fur, and hot glue.

For the Santa hat, using hot glue, cover the cone with red felt first.

DIY Cardboard Santa Hats

It’s ok if the felt doesn’t go all the way to the edge. Next, you’ll add the faux fur around the bottom and at the top.

Use the same process to make the fun elf hat, too. I used red and green felt and pom poms instead of faux fur.

DIY Cardboard Santa Hats

These would be so perfect for a holiday mantel or entry table! I might even add a fun reindeer one using brown felt, a red pom pom for the nose and pipe cleaners for the antlers!

Merry Christmas!
-Kari


This post is sponsored by Dispy Dabber, but all opinions are my own.

Cleaning-after-holidays

If you are anything like me putting Christmas decor away is a whole day project. I feel like I need to clean out, dejunk, and scrub down anything that had Christmas decorations. Maybe it’s because I have a clean slate once all the Christmas decorations are down. I wanted to share with you my favorite things to do to get my home cleaned after the holidays. And really, this would work anytime you want to refresh.
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First off I made this bright printable checklist that you could store in with your Christmas decor. That way you will have it from year to year.

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I love to enlist the help of my kids in getting everything cleaned up and put away. It’s nice for them to have responsibility. It also helps them take ownership in our Christmas decorations and the rest of the house when they get a chance to help put things away and place things where you want them to go.

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I especially love their help with the tree.

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tips-for-cleaning-up-after-Christmas On the printable above I have explanations on what to do and why you’ll want to do it. When it comes to the touch-up paint, you might be saying, “Are you kidding me?” I’m really not and let me tell you why.

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We found this amazing product, Dipsy Dabber–It’s a gamer changer.

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You pour your paint in the can.

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Add a little sample color on the label.

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Write all the paint information on the label.

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Now all you need to do is clean and spackle the wall and once it’s dry, use your Dipsy Dabber to touch up that paint.

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It’s so easy my 9 year-old wanted to do it. She was pretty dang good at it.

Wanna see it all in action. Check out this video from Heather Cluff.

Dibsy Dabber wants our readers to be able to try out the Dibsy Dabber. You can enter code “dipsydab” at check out to save 10%. Offer ends on 12/21/2015.

But we want also wanted to do a giveaway! Three readers will each win a 10 pack. Enter below.

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DIY Gold Circle Garland Sharing this pretty gold circle garland today!  So easy to make…and just in time for New Year’s or any celebration coming up in 2016.  I used it as part of my Christmas decor too.  I love how it turned out and it was SOOOOO simple to make! sm gold garland 7 To make the Gold Circle Garland, you will need:

-2 inch gold sparkly circles (you can use a circle punch, I used Sparkly gold paper and cut the circles with my Cricut explore)

-Thin gold string (I used stretchy string)

-Hot Glue & hot glue sticks sm gold garland 6 sm gold garland 5 You will need to glue two circles together with the thin gold string inside.  I placed each circle about 1 inch apart. sm gold garland 3 Keep gluing and adding circles.  You can make your garland as long as you would like…just buy a few spools of the gold string and extra gold paper. sm gold garland 1 sm gold garland 2 I love how pretty it looks in my home. sm gold garland 7 It goes perfect with my Felt & Gold Celebrate banner. sm banner 12


This post is sponsored by Pottery Barn Kids. All opinions are my own.

Quick Easy Tips for Kids Bathrooms

As a mom, I find myself trying to find easy, quick ways to keep my house clean. The bathroom is one of those rooms that can go from clean to destroyed in 1 second. I’ve put together some of the quick and easy tips for kids bathrooms that I’ve found can help my kids become more accountable for their bathroom.

Bright Decor with Good Basics

One my best tips is using good towels. I think kids even need good towels. Good quality towels are game changers!
I love the ones from Pottery Barn Kids. The colors are so bright and they all go well together. You can mix and match to get a great look for boys and girls. Make sure that you get styles that the kids can grow with because these towels will last you a few years.

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When you go for a shower curtain, get a basic color like white. That way you can use it for years to come and change out your towels and other decor.
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Also, look for ways to use things that your kids keep in the bathroom as decor. For example my girls love their big bauble jewelry, so I threw it in one of these jars and I LOVE the look of them as decor. They can get to the jewelry to wear and use, but it has a home and a place to be, and also adds fun color to the space.

Everything Accessible and Easy to Clean-up

Make sure everything has a place. I’ve found if we don’t have a place for something like, toothpaste or a hairbrush, then it just gets set somewhere. So find a place for all the things your kids use.

Try as hard as you can to not have anything on your counter other than soap. This is a great way for your kids to know that the bathroom isn’t clean. If you don’t allow anything but the soap they will know what they need to clean up and put away.

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Create Storage

Storage for kids is essential. Everything needs a home!

Once again, use jars to store bath time essentials. My girls love bath bombs and they can use them for a bath every once in a while. Having them in a jar makes great storage but also adds to the decor.  Kids-bathroom-supplies

I’ve also loved putting the clean towels on the storage shelves. Easy for them to grab when getting out of the tub or shower, but not taking up space under my sink. That’s valuable real-estate to me.
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I also use the towel hooks instead of a bar to give us more room. Then the kids can easily grab their towels and hang them up.

Here are some other places I made storage: Kids-bathroom-bows

Having girls, you know I have hair things. I used a Command Strip cord hook for the ribbon bow holder. The girls are able to snag their choice and then put it away super easy. And I don’t have to worry about the ribbon holder walking away somewhere.

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Headbands are another hair staple at my house. I found this storage container that fits them perfectly. We take out a headband and can easily put it away. I also store other hair supplies like elastics and bobby pins in food storage containers so they aren’t lose in the bathroom drawers.

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When I said under my counter was valuable real-estate you might have laughed. But honestly I need the storage under there to hide things that I don’t want seen but need to be used, like this step stool.  Not so easy on the eyes but necessary. Maybe one day I’ll buy the cute ones from Pottery Barn Kids. 😉

So of course I had to add a fun video of my daughter and our little morning routine. Video was done by the talented Heather Cluff.

What other tips would you add?

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Stitchn_Kitchen_Christmas_Blog_Tour-01 We are so excited to be a part of the Riley Blake Stitch ‘n Kitchen Blog Tour.

Today I’m going to be sharing a fun Hand-Stitiched Berry Kissmas Pillow.

Hand-Stitiched Berry Kissmas Pillow

I have loved hand-stitiching for many years now. These are so easy to whip up in an afternoon. Here’s what you’ll need to “cook up” your own “Berry Kissmas” pillow.

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Hand-Stitched Berry Kissmas Pillow
“Making” Time: 1 afternoon
Ingredients For the Hand-Stitching:
Stitchable Pattern–Download below
Emboirdery Floss to match your fabric
Background fabric, I used Riley Blake Basics in Skin color.
Ingredients For the Pillow:
4 different fabrics, I used Lost & Found Christmas
Instructions: 

For the embroidery:

Download the pattern.

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  1. Transfer your pattern onto your fabric. I always do this by printing and then tapping the pattern to a window. Tape your fabric on top of the pattern and trace with a pencil.
  2. Use a basic backstitch to make the wording and the mistletoe steams in green.
  3. Use a french knot for each of the red berries.
  4. Once your done with your hand-stich, cut it to a finished size of 9 1/4 x 5. Set aside for now.

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For the pillow:

  1. Cut out 2 strips of fabric 11 5/8 x 2 5/8, for the top and bottom.
  2. Then cut out 2 strips of fabric 7 1/4 x 2 5/8 for the sides.
  3. Attach the top and the bottom first, rights sides together, using a 1/4″ seam to your embroidery, leaving the longer ends on opposite sides. Press.
  4. Attach the sides, placing the right sides of the fabric together, using a 1/4″ seam to your embroidery. Press Merry-Kissmass-Pillow-front
  5. Cut a backing out 14 x 9 3/8. Merry-Kissmass-Pillow-fabric
  6. Place right sides of fabric together and sew pillow together, leaving a space to stuff the pillow and then hand stitch closed.

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That’s it!

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Now you have a really cute pillow to keep or give away!

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Now since this is a Stitch ‘n Kitchen Blog Tour, I need to leave you with a yummy recipe.

I can hardly talk about “kissmas” without thinking of Herseys Kisses. We love them at our house and I’m happy to share a yummy recipe with you.

These are our Cherry Cordial Chocolate Crinkle Cookie.

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So yummy and soft inside, with just the right amount of cherry.

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Hop on over to get the recipe.

Thanks for stopping by!

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This post is sponsored by Pottery Barn Teen.

Decorating for a Teen Boy

Boys are interesting creatures. They don’t really care about decorations, and at the same time they have a lot of opinions about what’s going in their room! And finding decorations isn’t easy. Go ahead, search pinterest for a ‘teen boy bedroom’ and you’ll find there aren’t a lot of options. There are a lot of stereotypes of what boys are, but what do you do when your teenager isn’t really a football star and comics aren’t his thing? I’m going to share how we decorated for a guy who is kinda geeky and kinda still figuring out what he likes.

posters

The apple must not have fallen far from the tree (no pun intended), because these vintage Apple posters once hung in my husband’s bedroom. We dug them out from under the bunkbed in my husband’s old room, dusted them off, and framed them. Ghandi, Jim Henson, and Thomas Edison are great role models for a kid finding his way in the world. And I’d much rather have his walls filled with them than other posters, if you know what I mean.

chair

I think all bedrooms should have a chair. This Cushy Club Chair may be the favorite spot in the house. It’s perfect for chilling in. Above the chair we hung the schematic drawings for the slinky patent. Again a little geeky, but still fun.

Teen Boy Room

Over the years I’ve learned that the less flat surfaces my oldest son has the better. He is limited to this shelf and the side table. It’s enough space to set the book he is reading and his glasses for the night, but not enough space to collect too much stuff.  All of his clothes are in the closet, so we don’t have to deal with a dresser or even a desk collecting stuff. On the shelf we have his karate belts in the glass jar, baseball figurines and his favorite pinewood derby car.

pillows Teen Boy Room pocket

I love the details on this duvet. I could’ve gone with a plain duvet, but think the pocket and rivet adds another dimension to the bed.

Teen Boy Room

I sure hope he won’t mind his mom hanging out down here, because I really like how it turned out.

 

Sources:

Pottery Barn Teen: Shelf, Duvet, Chair
TJ Maxx: Plaid Pillows, Side Table, Rug
Latter-Day Home: Keep Right Sign, CTR Pillow
Target: Lamp
Ross: Sheets
Michaels: Poster Frames, Glass Jar

 



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