I was so excited to see the new How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World movie. It was a fantastic movie, and I was super excited to see the ending of the film. If you haven’t seen the movie, I am sorry, but I must divulge the news about what I saw at the end of the movie. There were baby night light fury dragons! When I saw these cuties, I knew I had to create plushies of them.
If you saw my past posts of the Laying Down (here) and Standing (here) versions of the Night and Light Fury Plushies I made, I figured I would make the babies in the laying down style but mini version. I had to make more modifications on the patterns since the babies have pieces of each of their parents.
Note: I modified Sew Desu Ne Kirin base pattern to create these plushies. She creates amazing patterns, and they are easy to follow or adjust them to create something great! You can get Sew Desu Ne sewing patterns on her Etsy shop (here) or you can get some of her free patterns on her website (here).
Now for the best part, pictures of the babies!
I couldn’t help myself, but I had to take family pictures of the Standing and Laying Down Night and Light Fury Dragons with the babies! Here are the family portraits:
Aren’t the family portraits adorable?!
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I had the opportunity to create an adorable custom fox plushie. A mother wanted to give her daughter a custom plushie for her birthday. Her daughter drew a picture of her character “Lemon Fox.”
Drawing by Lemon Fox Studio, you can see here Instagram here.
Here is the sketch I made to show the style plush I was going to sew. She approved the design.
I modified Teacuplion’s Raichu pattern to create this plush. You can get the pattern here: TeacupLion Etsy. TeacupLion has amazing plush patterns. She is one of my favorite plushie designers.
Here is how the Lemon Fox turned out in plush form:
Isn’t the Lemon Fox adorable?!
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Here I go again, conducting my yearly tradition I do: handmade Christmas gifts for the family. Last year I made these fantastic Reindeer and decor crates for Christmas, here, which were a big hit with the family. This year I was adamant I was going to outdo last year gifts, but there was a big hiccup this year with my plans. I ended up traveling most of the year for work. Traveling squashed my grand handmade gift ideas to the ground. Ok, it didn’t do that much damage. All this means is I have a shorter amount of time to create my gifts this year. I will have to resort to making something smaller this holiday season — no biggy.
What kind of handmade gifts do I want to make this year? Good question. Needs to be small, cute and Christmas themed. I like sewing animals so I want to make an animal that I can easily and quickly create. Oh, I know! How about a polar bear?! Even better, I can use my embroidery program and machine to stitch out the face details and paw prints plus make my embroidery machine half sew the plush for me. Hehe. This would save me a lot of time! For those of you that might not know, I am going to create my own In-The-Hoop (ITH) embroidery plush. More than a year ago, I made an ITH Husky Plush, here. This husky plush is what inspired the small polar bear plush idea.
Here is a short video of my embroidery machine stitching out some of the polar bear details:
I love my large Husqvarna Viking metal hoop I got for Christmas last year from my in-laws. This large metal embroidery hoop lets me make four polar bear heads at once and four bodies in a separate hooping, which saves me so much time! If I did not have this large metal hoop, then I would only be able to complete one or two at a time. Technically, I could use one of my other big hoops I have, but the metal hoops are easier to set up than the traditional embroidery hoops.
Like I mentioned before, I had to travel quite a bit this year for work. To prevent procrastination and reduce stress I decided that for my final work trip down to Florida I should pack the unfinished polar bears with me on my work adventure.
Below are photos of me working on the polar bears in my hotel room:
Below are all the polar bears stuffed but still need to be sewn together:
I don’t think Florida weather is ideal for Polar Bears but I think they enjoyed the relaxing beach scenery from my hotel room, I know I did. Hehe. Here is a photo of the gorgeous view:
They even had nice chairs on the balcony to enjoy the view. I may have sat outside a few times hand sewing the polar bears together.
I am so happy I decided to bring the polar bears with me on my work trip to finish most of the polar bears. Here is 25 complete polar bears I made:
If you guessed classic Coca-Cola, you would be right. The idea came to me when I saw the Coca-Cola commercials showing the polar bears sharing a coke with each other. It was like a light bulb on my head went off at that moment, hey, you need to find the classic glass bottles of coke to add with your polar bears. The coca-cola was the small detail needed to add that extra adorable touch. Hopefully, when family members open the gifts, they will get it. Haha. Oh, I also tied a nice small ribbon around their necks to add the extra Christmas touch.
My hubby loved the idea, but he wanted to add his little detail to the gift idea. He decided it would be awesome for family members who are 21 years + should get a tiny little bottle of crown royal to spike there drink. Haha. For the young ones that can’t have alcohol, we gave them two glass bottles of coke to be fair. 😉
All in all, these polar bears and added details were the highlight of my Christmas especially when everyone thought they were so cute and thoughtful. 😀 I love making cute handmade Christmas gifts and I am already planning next years Christmas gifts. 😉 Haha. To be honest, I already started planning 2020 Christmas too. 😂
Almost forgot. Here are more polar bear pictures with ribbons around their necks:
Merry Christmas everyone! Cheers!
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I had a special request to create a standing Night and Light fury plushie. I originally made laying down Night and Light Fury plush, here. I loved how both or those plushies came out! I knew one day I wanted to try to make a standing version, but I wasn’t sure when I would do it. Until now. 😁
I really had to get my thinking cap out. How did I want to make the standing version? Is there a pattern already in existence that I can use for the body? I knew I was going to stick with the same head style as the laying down Night and Light Fury plushies… Just like before, I combed through all the patterns I have to see what I can find. No point making a new pattern if there is another pattern out there I can modify to make the desired look I want. Makes sense, right?
After I searched through all the patterns I had, I found the perfect pattern I can modify to create the standing body shape I wanted for Night and Light Fury. Remember the Reindeer I made last year for Christmas for my family, here, I used that body. (Reindeer Pattern was made by Patchlins, you can get the pattern here if you like it.) This pattern was perfect, well not the length of the legs though… I made a Light Fury with the original leg length and it didn’t look right to me. My husband liked it, but I had to make another one with shorter legs to make sure. Guess what, I loved the shorter one better. Hehe. Husband, on the other hand, still liked the taller Light Fury. I even had to send pictures to my older sister who loves How to Train Your Dragon to see which one she likes better. Here are the pictures I sent:
Guess which one she choose?
She loved the shorter one. Hehe. Win for me. 😁
Let me know what you think, shorter or taller version better?
I did not make a tall version of Night Fury, since I liked the short version more.
Here are pictures of the standing Night and Light Fury Dragons:
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I had the opportunity to create an adorable custom fox plush for someone. Instead of the usual burnt orange and black color or gray and black color I use for my foxes, they wanted a brown, light blue and tan color fox. They also requested the eyes to be like my werewolf/husky plush. Easy peasy.
I drew a mockup to make sure they would like the color choices. Using my excellent Note 8 phone and stylest, I was able to sketch on top of my burnt orange fox picture on my phone to visually show them what the custom fox would look like. Here is the sketch:
They approved the design! Off to sewing, I went.
The hardest part about making this fox was aligning the wolf eyes for the fox. Don’t want it too high or too low or else it will make the fox look weird. After making a few adjustments, I was able to get everything aligned the way I wanted.
If you are wondering, I use Teacuplion’s Fox sewing pattern to make this fox. You can get it here if you want to make your cute fox. 😁
Do you want to see how the fox turned out?
I loved how this custom fox turned out. I am inspired to create different types of foxes, like sewing a variety of colors or variations. Hehe. We shall see, it all depends on how much time I will have.
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I received a special request to create a Stormfly dragon plush from How to Train Your Dragon movie. It is very fitting since I did make a night and light fury dragon plushies a few months ago. Plus, I love dragons so creating Stormfly was a definite must for me. Hehe.
I love sewing and creating, but the hardest part is figuring out if I need to make my sewing pattern or use an existing model to form the plush. For the Stormfly plush, it was hard to find good patterns that fit my vision of how I wanted the plush to look. I know with the night and light fury dragon plushies I used Sew Desu Ne’s Kirin pattern as a base and used the wings from her night fury pattern to help create the plushie look I wanted, which was in a laying down position. Unfortunately, the laying down position, in my mind, would not work very well for a Stormfly plushie. Stormfly has hind legs and wings as arms while night and light fury has front and back legs and wings. Trust me; it would look weird. Here are sketches I drew so you can see what I saw if I was to use the same pattern for Stormfly:
I know my drawings aren’t the best, but they do help me visualize. I like taking pictures of finished plushies I made, or I will screenshot a picture on my phone of a finished plushie from a pattern that I might want to buy or already have purchased so I can sketch on top of it with details or change colors to make sure it will look good. Most of the time I find the perfect pattern that will work, but there are times when I sketch it doesn’t seem right, so I search for another pattern. If I can’t find any patterns that I can modify, then I start designing my own sewing pattern. Why make a new pattern and spend so much time making it while someone else has created a pattern that will work? Right? Of course, I give credit to the designer of the pattern and link to their website and/or shop where you can buy the pattern.
After searching through patterns I have on hand, I found the perfect pattern! I decided to use Sew Desu Ne’s Floppy Dragon Plush pattern.
I saw the pictures of the different Floppy Dragons, and I just knew it had the shape/style I was looking for to make the Stormfly dragon plush. Here is a sketch I created to see if it would indeed work:
Yes, perfect! Now to sewing, well after I modified the pattern a little bit to make the desired look I want. Hehe.
Want to see how Stormfly turned out? Of course, you do! Here you go:
If you do decide to make your own dragon using Sew Desu Ne’s Floppy pattern, note that I did not add poly pellets for weights since I decided to hand sew the legs to be in the standing position I liked. When I initially finished it, the floppy dragon didn’t suit well for the look I was going for. The floppy look might look good for a different dragon but not Stormfly, in my opinion. Btw, Sew Desu Ne offers many patterns that are fantastic! She provides various types of free patterns on her website, here, plus she also sells some patterns on her Etsy shop, here. I have almost all her patterns since they are constructed beautifully. She is an amazing plushie designer!
Don’t worry, if you don’t feel like making your own plushie, I definitely can. 😉 Check out my Etsy Shop for more options or special request an item.
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When I returned from my two-week work trip, I had a couple of small and easy projects that required my assistance. One, my co-worker asked me if I could embroider numbers on thirteen youth baseball caps and three adult caps for the little league he coaches. Second, my husband just bought two new pairs of jeans that needed hemming. Sounds like manageable projects for me to complete. Hehe.
I was really excited about embroidering the numbers on the baseball caps since this gave me the opportunity to use my Husqvarna Viking small metal hoop. If you don’t know, the metal hoops that Husqvarna Viking make are super versatile and handy for embroidery projects, like this one I am doing!
The metal hoops come with four magnets that are used to hold down stabilizer and fabric still on the metal hoop. Makes it easier for odd shape items you are trying to embroider which can’t be easily done using a standard embroidery hoop.
My biggest struggle with embroidering numbers on the back of baseball caps was trying to align the caps perfectly on the hoop so it can stitch out numbers straight. Caps are stiff on the front so getting them to lay straight or not bunching up was difficult. Once I accomplished a few caps I was able to hoop them quicker.
In these pictures, most would probably think the stitch out location of this number is good, but for me, I had to redo this one since I figured it would look better closer to the middle seam.
I know I have said in past posts that I would try to be better at taking photos of my progress, well let’s say I am still epically failing at remembering to take pictures. Sorry. But, I did manage to snap a video of my embroidery machine stitching out the number 10 on one of the hats which you can see how I had to place the caps on the metal hoop. 🙂
When I had to embroider two numbers on the caps, it was even more challenging to make sure the numbers stitched out in the right spot. Luckily, the metal hoops have notches on the hoop to help me align easier plus it comes with a grid guide.
My last little project was hemming my husband’s new pair of jeans. Unfortunately, my husband has a hard time finding jeans that can fit him lengthwise. He has to get jeans that are 40W, but shortest length we can find in stores are 30L, on rare occasions 28L (which I still have to hem a little). In his defense, he has a longer torso but shorter legs. I think he is happy I can hem his jeans for him. 😉
You can see in the pictures above; I rolled the jeans up to the length desired for my husband. I used a zipper foot to place the foot right next to the hemline and put the needle all the way to the left, this way we can keep the original jean hem. In the video below, you can see how I sewed next to the jean hem.
After I stitched next to the jean hemline, I used my serger machine to cut off the excess material/overlock stitched the edge. The overlock stitch will help prevent fraying, but if you don’t have a serger, you can cut off the excess and use a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine to prevent fraying. Below is a picture of the serged edge on the jeans.
After I serged the edge, I flipped the hem and used an iron to press the hemline of the jeans so it won’t turn out. Note, sometimes when I wash my husband’s jeans, I usually have to push or iron down the hemline.
In the picture below, you can see how it looks when you hem jeans with the original hem.
Pretty awesome. From a distance, you would never know I hemmed the jeans, but when you take a closer look you can tell, but who is going to look close up to see your jeans hemline? Not many people? Anyways, my husband is a happy camper and is ready to wear his newly hemmed jeans. 🙂
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I love dragons. I am not a crazy super fan by any means, but I still enjoy looking at the beautiful dragon art, games and/or movies. After making the Light and Night Fury Dragons, I really wanted to create different types of dragons. One that comes to mind is Spyro the Dragon. I remember that I loved playing Spyro as a kid. When I found out that there was a Spyro game being released on November 13th, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, I knew it had to be fate that I need to make one. Wouldn’t you agree?
I started out by designing the Spyro dragon. Will the pattern I modified for the Night and Light Fury dragons actually work for Spyro? I mean, I loved how my Night & Light Fury plush dragons laid, so adjusting the Kirin base pattern, by Sew Desu Ne, once again to create Spyro plushie, should work in theory. I went ahead and designed the eyebrows, horns, spikes, tail, and wings of Spyro.
Surprisingly, my first drafts of everything worked. Nice! The Spyro turned out better then I thought. Maybe, I am actually getting really good at creating my own patterns. Yay! It is kind of exciting since this means I might be able to go to the next level of my skills, designing patterns from scratch instead of using other plush patterns from other designers. I will keep you posted on my advances to develop complete designs on my own. 🙂
You want to see how the Spyro turned out? Of course, you do, here it is:
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I learned something new about Disney Cruises. In the past, I always wanted to go on a Disney Cruise and I am so envious of my husband since he went on a Disney cruise when he was a child. I found out recently that one of my colleages loves to take his family on Disney Cruises all the time and they discovered the magical world of fish extenders.
Fish extenders?? What is that? Fish that have long fins… No that doesn’t sound right. There is one way I can find out: Ok Google, tell me about Disney fish extenders…
This is how I understand what fish extenders are and what they are used for after researching on multiple sites that Google provided me:
About Fish Extenders
There are fish hooks that are installed next to each stateroom on the Disney Cruise ship that Cast Members leave you mail or messages. You can hang a fish extender on this fish to be part of the fish extender exchange and still use the fish for its intended use.
Fish extenders can come in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Some have multiple pockets with designs and/or names of family members on each while some might only be plan with just one pocket. No matter what it looks like, you can still have a blast and be part of the fish extender exchange.
Who arranges the fish extender exchange? Disney Groups arrange the exchanges. Anyone that wants to participate can sign up before a certain dealine date, about 2 to 3 weeks before the cruise sails away. The group ask for your info like your Stateroom number, Number of Participants and ages of each person involved (don’t worry adults can participate and have fun too even if they don’t have any kids!) Once you are signed up, you can buy or create your own items to exchange with others while you sail across the sea. Fun!
Now I really want to go on a Disney Cruise! Sounds like a lot of fun and my co-worker said they even have places on the Disney Cruise ship that is for adults only. Hmmm… might have to convence the hubby to take me on a Disney Cruise one day. 🙂
Well, my colleage’s wife knows I love to sew and create things so she asked me if I can make them a special fish extender for their family to take on their next Disney Cruise on Aug 17th. When she asked me, it was already the end of July. Yikes! Talk about cutting it close. No worries, I can make it in time for their cruise, challenge accepted! Time to start designing.
She asked me to make a fish extender with three pockets with Mickey ear designs for her husband and her grandson and a Minnie ear design for her. She also wanted their names stiched out underneath the designs. She told me that I can choose any disney fabric I find at the store and the colors to coordinate for the pockets. Bascially, she gave me free reign to design the fish extender and trust me in my creative judgement. Awesome!
Time to go shopping at Joann Fabrics!! While strolling around Joann Fabrics, trying really hard not to buy anything other then what I need for the project, I found two Disney Fabric designs that would be perfect for this fish extender. Which one to choose though? I figured that I would buy both and have one side one pattern then the back can have the other. Wait! I have a brilliant idea! How about I make a reversable Fish Extender! That way they can flip it back and forth to change the style everyday or keep one side the same the whole trip. It is amazing how creative I can get. Hehe.
Below is the fabric, interfacing and some fun disney buttons that I bought for this project (plus I bought a little extra of some fabrics so I can use for other projects down the road). Oh, I have to mention that I found this really neat sparkling red, blue and yellow cotton fabric. It is hard to tell in this picture but I think you might be able to see it sparkle in one of the videos I post later in this blog post. I thought this fabric would add more magic and wonder for this project especially since it’s Disney themed.
While on the topic of being creative, I had another idea. I figured that since I was making it revesable with different fabric designs I thought that I should also have different character designs on both sides. Even better, right? I thought of doing a pirate Mickey and Minnie on one side then a sailor Mickey and Minnie on the other. I informed them of my idea and they were super on-board with it. Now to designing my embroidery appliques!
Here is a video of my embroidery machine stitching out the last bit of the Sailor Mickey design:
Here is a video of my embroidery machine stitching out the last bit of the Pirate Mickey design:
Oh my goodness, it took about an hour or so to do each design. I spent about 8 hours total just doing the applique designs. Wow. I still had fun doing it though! Hehe. Totally worth it! The designs turned out better then I expected, especially since this is the second time ever doing an embroidery applique project (first time I did an embroidery applique was when I made a T-shirt while on travel here.)
Below are the end results of the Mickey and Minnie Pirate and Sailor designs.
Mickey & Minnie Pirates:
Mickey & Minnie Sailors:
They turned out great!
I forgot to take some progress pictures of me setting up the fish extender, creating the pockets and showing how I was assembling it, but in my defense I was trying to get this project completed in time for their family cruise. My time line was very short and I did not want to disappoint them and not have it done in time. I figured I will make it up to you someday by creating a DIY fish extender blog post so I can share how I made this reversable fish extender. For now, I will show you how it turned out.
I am so proud of myself. Surprisingly, this was a little difficult to make since I had to sew in a straight line and it was my first time using binding tape to make the edges and pockets look crisp and professional looking. Your probably thinking, isn’t sewing straight lines easy? Yes, they are but most of my projects I’ve been working on lately have been plushies which I am mostly sewing curves and a few straight lines. This project was all about long straight lines plus since it was reversable there where a lot more fabric layers that can shift while sewing (I used a walking foot to help prevent a lot of shifting). In the end the hard work paid off and this fish extender turned out amazing!!
I can’t wait to see their faces when they see the final project! Hehe.
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If you read some of my past blog posts you will know that this year I have been traveling quite a bit for work. This means I don’t have many opportunities to sew much between trips. For my final month trip down to Jacksonville, Florida one of my co-worker’s offered to drive down my sewing machine since he was planning to drive instead of fly. I was ecstatic! I can now create wonderful things on travel plus keep my Etsy shop open!
I may have sent more then just my sewing machine with my co-worker. I also sent a duffel bag full of fabric down with him and some sewing tools. Hehe. In my defense some of the fabric I can’t buy in any fabric store and can only get online plus there are certain sewing tools I didn’t want to buy again. My co-worker was a big sport and gladly took everything I needed to Florida. 😆
I might have felt like I was a crazy person having a sewing machine and fabric everywhere in my hotel room, but I can only imagine what other people have in there hotel rooms. Just saying. No matter what I was just happy that I could have a little piece of home while on travel.
You are probably curious to know what I ended up making while on this month long trip… Well…
I found that my Night & Light Fury Dragon Plushies were becoming a little popular so I decided to try and get ahead and make 5 of each. “Trying to get ahead” did not happen at all. I ended up making like 10 of each during my whole trip. Every time I thought I might be able to get ahead I end up getting another order. I am not complaining what so ever, but I definitly stayed busy on top of my long hours at work.
Surprisingly, I received quite a bit of orders requesting if I can embroider a small saying on the bellys of the dragons. After a few request, I updated my Etsy shop to include an option for some of my listing to have initials, date, or small message embroidered on customers plushies for an additional charge. Yay for new things!
One of the requesters wanted me to embroider a message on the Light and Night Fury Dragons for a special bond that she has with her best friend. She told me that both of them love dragons and she found out that she has to travel for a long period of time so she will be far distance from her friend. She thought it would be amazing if I could embroider the messages on the dragons so they both can remember each other while being apart for so long. Her plan was to give the light fury to her friend and keep the night fury dragon for herself. She told me the message she wanted on the light fury while her friend contacted me with the surprise message he wanted on the night fury for her to keep.
You want to know what the messages where??
Light Fury: “I am here for you. Indefinitely.”
Night Fury: “I am always with you.”
So heart felt. Awwww. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the light fury embroidery but if you see the night fury embroidery you can imagine what it looked like. I promise I will try and remember to take pictures after I complete projects. In my defense, I was super busy and I spaced. I am just happy I at least took a picture of one.
Next little project I did on the road was a cute Pokemon: Sylveon (an Evolution of Eevee). This customer selected my new embroidery option and had me embroider initials on the plushie for his girl friend.
My last and final project that I accomplished during my work travel was a sport team T-Shirt that I appliqued football team licensed fabric and embroidered on. This was a fun challenge since this person (the front desk clerk at my hotel who became a fan of my work) is attending the Cowboys VS Jaguars game in October and she cheers for both teams. (Oh man that must be fun to cheer for two teams that are going head to head… yikes….) This meant that she wanted me to design and embroider on a T-shirt showing both teams, their colors and have “I cheer for both” on the shirt. Hmmmm…. I like a challenge.
Below is my first design I showed her:
She liked this design but it seemed to small and her concern was that no one would be able to read it from a distance. I explained that this design will fit on the largest hoop I have for my machine. Then it hit me, I can design something bigger but make the design so I can hoop multiple times to get everything she wants. That is when I sketched this design for her on the spot using my phone:
When I showed her this sketch and explained it she was ecstatic. Before I actually embroidered on her T-shirt I showed her the separate designs I made using my embroidery program to get final approval and also purchased the licensed team fabric at the local fabric store.
She approved the designs and how she wanted the fabric placed on the applique embroidery. Here I go! I can tell you one thing, it is slightly difficult to embroider a huge design on a T-shirt. My big hoop had the tendency to slip or not line up when I was hooping the embroidery stabilizer with the T-shirt. I had to finagle with it for like 10 minutes or so just to get it hooped the way I wanted. Lol. Don’t worry it was so worth it in the end though.
Here is a little video I took while my embroider machine was stitching the design:
Neat, right? I kind of wish I took more videos during the process but I originally only did this video to show my husband what I was up to while I was on travel. Hehe. My husband loves to see my progress on my projects plus he is interested in the new creations I make. I love that my husband is so supportive in my hobbies. 😁
You want to know how it turned out in the end?? I can’t wait any longer to show you…. Here it is:
I am really proud of myself. This was my first big applique project that I have ever created plus this was my first time embroidering on a T-shirt too! Yay! I should give myself a big pat on the back for this accomplishment. *Pats my back* Hehe.
It was amazing that I was able to sew and create while I was on travel. Sewing was a great way to occupy my time at my hotel room plus I wasn’t bored at all during my trip. Maybe the next time I go on a long trip I might bring along my sewing/embroidery machine… if I have an opportunity too or if I purchase a good traveling case for it so it won’t get damaged when I take as a carry on possibly?? I don’t know, I have to some research but it is possible. I am not sure if I am always going to have a kind co-worker to drive my sewing machine to a travel destination. 😉
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