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phillaine

phillaine
Date Joined: June 25, 2010
Last Online: October 8, 2021

Country: United States
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About Me

August 20th--home again! I plan to get back to swapping in September. :) Enjoy the rest of summer, all!

I am grateful for my swap-bot friends and appreciate you all helping me to feel connected to the world this past year. Every letter you sent or time you reached out made my life better. Thank you!


Hello. Welcome to my profile. My name is Phillaine. I live with my sweetheart and our two (magic!) hypoallergenic Siberian cats in a city that's pretty great as far as cities go. My heart's home is in the North Woods, and I aspire to build a tiny cabin to incorporate into our woodland adventures at the family homestead. At the same time, I am very happy to be living in my first-ever (rental) HOUSE which is charming and wonderful and crooked and a century old and in need of lots of love, which I supply with great enthusiasm.

I LOVE to be outside: my happiness is directly tied to the amount of time I spend outdoors. I am thrilled that I now have the opportunity to do work in the yard any and all times that the weather is fine, and I'll never come close to running out of things to do. Also, I'm fortunate to live near an enormous wilderness area which I'm eager to explore.

My current focus is on creating an environment and lifestyle that will support my health and growth. Thank you for joining me here and taking the time to peruse my thoughts.

Interests



Things I Enjoy Doing (verbs!)
reading, exploring, traveling, making things (so many things!), planning, being spontaneous (yes, both), making lists, solving problems, visiting with people, being outdoors, taking photos, gardening, baking, cooking, painting, embroidery, crocheting, sewing, paper crafting (e.g. collage, stationery, envelopes and mailers, pocket letters, flipbooks), customizing and photographing Blythe dolls, carving rubber stamps, preparing and sending happy mail by post, writing fairly brief letters and occasional journal entries, solving sudoku and jigsaw puzzles (though I never buy them), playing games like Scrabble, Boggle, Huggermugger, Taboo, Scattergories, Tetris, Alhambra, Arkham Horror, and Skyrim, cuddling up with my kitties while watching shows and working on and/or coming up with ideas for more projects. I am in absolutely no danger of running out of projects. ;)

Things which Interest me (nouns!)
Many sorts of art, literature, and music, folk tales, fairy tales, myths, and legends, intriguing illustrations, thunderstorms, Autumn, Spring, cats of all kinds, wildlife, trees, flowers, etc. (some favorite plants include oak, maple, birch, boxwood, and willow trees, iris, poppies, pansies, columbines, lilies, morning glories, bachelor buttons, clover, bluebells, and magnolias), botanical gardens, orchards, vegetable gardens, rainbows, mischievous fairies, phoenixes, cryptozoology, dinosaurs, TARDIS, Totoro and his umbrella, semi-precious stones and fossils (like spectrolite, moonstone, onyx, ammolite, etc.), sea glass, trains, bicycles, tricycles, unicycles and penny-farthings, clocks, mechanisms, typewriters, strawberries, raspberries, Blythe, photography, many things that are considered "strange," "peculiar," or "dark," I find interesting and sometimes beautiful.

Five Senses
I love ALL of these colors:

Some favorites are autumnal tones, black/greys, All kinds of blues, turquoise, reds, greens, purples-- I do tend to be drawn to more deep, earthy, or rich colors and don't do much with many pastels or neon/day-glo colors.
I especially enjoy ways that colors transform in combination with one another.

Some favorite sounds are rain on a metal rooftop, a crackling wood-burning fire, the sound of lighting a wooden match and the sound of the flame being extinguished by a breath, the songs of crickets and coquis, and the indescribable calm experienced while parasailing.

Some of my favorite flavors/scents are: genuine maple syrup and vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, and clover; I adore the flavors and, accordingly, the aromas of garlic and curry. I'm crazy about the smell of coffee beans, but can't drink coffee. My favorite scents that are definitely NOT for eating are probably the smell of a wood-burning fire, a forest after rain, and certain cats (the smell reminds me of my grandma's house and our visits there). No eating fire, forests, or kitties.

The cool stone faces of cliffs and canyons, the feel of my hands working through soil and stones or sorting through big bins of buttons, seeds, grain, or other smooth things, cozy homemade quilts of cotton, and the feeling of modal fabrics are all extremely soothing and comforting to me.

Books

Too many to mention! Like I said, I collect myths, folk tales, fairy tales, and legends. Those are my favorites. I have a great fascination with and passion for children's literature. I especially adore Le Petit Prince and The Neverending Story, and reread Heidi and the Little House books every so often when nostalgia attacks ♥. Some favorite fairy tales (off the top of my head) include The White Cat, Puss in Boots, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Blockhead Hans, and Hansel and Gretel; I'm always in search of stories where the girls and women are clever and play active roles rather than being basically powerless victims who are "saved" by a man. I'd love to hear your recommendations!

As for "grown-up" books, I like interesting fiction that features unique characters and storytelling (my favorite I can think of off-hand is Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut), quirky old books on things like etiquette and education, "vintage," unusual, and vegan cookbooks (I'm not vegan, but am allergic to milk, so this helps). I also enjoy modern nonfiction, especially cultural anthropology and self-help/psychology books (e.g. Blink by Malcom Gladwell and The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker) as well as books on mindfulness and meditation (e.g. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh).

Music, Movies, and Television

Johnny Cash, Regina Spektor, Madeleine Peyroux, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle, Elvis, Tom Waits, The Ramones, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Joan Jett, Mika, Mumford and Sons, Trampled by Turtles, Flight of the Conchords, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Patsy Cline, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Led Zeppelin, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Sting, U2, Cher (mostly in person--she's a delightful entertainer), Lady Gaga...I enjoy a wide variety of music. I get nostalgic and a little homesick (in a good way) when I listen to the old Grand Ole Opry Country Classics and Blues and Bluegrass and Folk music. ♥

The Addams Family • Addams Family Values • Amélie • The Apartment • Batman Returns • Beetlejuice • Best in Show • Blast From the Past • Clue • Coco • Coraline • The Dark Knight • Death Becomes Her • Despicable Me • Django Unchained • Edward Scissorhands • The Fantastic Mr. Fox • The Good, The Bad, and Huckleberry Hound • The Goonies • Harold and Maude • Heathers • Hocus Pocus • Isle of Dogs • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle • Knives Out • The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra • A Mighty Wind • Moana • My Big Fat Greek Wedding • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 • My Neighbor Totoro • The Neverending Story • The Nightmare Before Christmas • O Brother, Where Art Thou? • Parasite • The Princess Bride • The Producers (1967) • Quigley Down Under • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion • The Shawshank Redemption • Sing • The Skeleton Key • Stand By Me • The Triplets of Belleville • Up • The Wedding Singer • Who Framed Roger Rabbit? • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) • The Witches (1990) • Wreck it Ralph • X-Men • Young Frankenstein • Zootopia

Dr. Who, Schitt's Creek, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Bones, Charmed, Arrested Development, Hannibal, Grace & Frankie, The Blacklist, Leverage, The Wire, Breakout Kings, Orange is the New Black, Wentworth, House, Pushing Daisies, Once Upon a Time, The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, Community, RuPaul's Drag Race, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, House Hunters, Fixer-Upper, Property Brothers, Love it or List it, all sorts of HGTV shows. I also enjoy documentaries. Lately, I've been especially enjoying The Great British Baking Show. BAKE!

Yes, Please! and No, Thanks!

Yes Please! (also refer to interests):
I have a great appreciation for things which are both useful and beautiful.

  • fun kitchen tools, potholders, swedish dishcloths, etc.
  • handmade bookmarks, coasters, cotton pillowcases, cotton/bamboo/acrylic scarves (allergic to wool), or a word for my word wall (please sign your artwork) would be lovely
  • I would also be very happy to receive a pocket letter, flipbook, or ATC made by you!
  • Your mail art always makes me smile ♥
  • Please send me your own personal tried-and-loved dairy-free recipes ♥
  • Anything on my Amazon or Etsy favorites lists, or things inspired by them
  • stationery--I LOVE stationery, especially letter sets, homemade envelopes and any other colorful/interesting envelopes in mailable sizes, decorative adhesive or gummed labels, and anything made with a letterpress
  • art journal goodies (any brand or good quality homemade is great)
  • nice quality ATC backgrounds (I use these in pocket letters and flipbooks--I can never have too many!)
  • stickers and rub-on transfers: I only use the flat ones, and I enjoy a large variety. As I'm currently exploring mandala-making, groups of 4 or 8 of the same image are especially appreciated
  • washi tape sample cards with a theme (all red, all metallic, cats, floral, etc.)
  • rings or necklaces in any color metal but gold, especially filigree, enameled, and/or natural stones
  • charms
  • pendants
  • stones or crystals
  • information on natural healing (the healing properties of plants, reiki, accupressure, etc.)
  • anything forest related: wildlife, trees, flowers, etc. (see "interests" section)
  • uncommon and interesting quotes
  • stamps, cut-outs, stickers, stationery, etc. with the following words/phrases: "enjoy," "explore," "hello," "surprise" or "surprise inside," "wish" or "make a wish," "happy mail"
  • original "vintage" advertisements, seed packet images or botanical illustrations ♥
  • cool old playing cards with the colorful drawings/paintings on the backs ♥
  • I enjoy traditional (not Disney or cartoonish) fairy tale themed items, especially uncommon and/or beautifully illustrated fairy tales ♥
  • unused US postage stamps of any denomination: I have a special fondness for older (out of print) postage stamps which I can still use to send mail! ♥
  • ANYTHING from Paper Source, Now Designs kitchen goodies, or pouches/bags from BlueQ would be an absolute delight ♥
  • pigma micron pens (LOVE these!) ♥
  • Since my planner literally got flooded (severe water damage), I've started a bullet journal, which is working very well for me. I like that I can easily personalize it to meet my changing needs. The only things I need for it are a black pigma micron pen (I've been using a 01 for daily entries) and colored pencils (I can always use more of those!), and I don't really use planner stickers/decorations.
  • playing card jokers
  • DMC embroidery floss ♥
  • little embroidery hoops or frames ♥
  • scraps/pieces of good-quality felt to use in little sewing projects
  • scissors! any and all, especially pretty, fun, quirky or unique
  • letter openers
  • glass, stone, or glazed ceramic pony beads and strong waxed cord-- I have had trouble finding these, but like to use them to make "fidgets" for folks to help alleviate anxiety and improve concentration, focus, and ability to be present
  • any fun things having to do with my other interests

I'm always looking to swap for wishlist items, tools and supplies I'd like for my studio and current projects, and interesting unused U.S. postage stamps I can incorporate into mail art. If you're interested in setting up a private swap, please contact me via PM.

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No thanks:

Please don't send me anything involving violence or gore, political or religious things (spiritual/inspirational=fine, just not religious), or any food or beverage items, makeup, or other personal care items (unless it's something specifically on my Etsy or Amazon wishlist). Thank you.

As for the following things, I simply don't care for them and don't have any use for them, so they'd be better saved for someone who will appreciate them:

touristy or ad postcards, small fabric scraps, kids' craft supplies, foam/puffy/"3D" stickers, sequins, glitter, bling, items that are frilly, over-the-top cutesy, Americana, "country charm," "glam/fashionista," sports, wedding, or baby-themed

I can't use anything made of wool (fabric, felt, yarns, etc.) because it makes me SUPER itchy. :(

Most importantly, please don't send me anything smelling of smoke, mildew, or strong perfumes (I have allergies). Thanks!

Thank You!


Thank you for taking the time to read my profile and learn a little bit about me and what I like. It really means a lot to me to know you put such thought and care into your parcels; it makes them personal and meaningful rather than simply transactional. It's the difference that can totally make someone's day. I always read the profiles of my partners for this reason; it's one of my favorite things about swap-bot. So, thanks again! ♥

Reference

Hello, everyone!

I just made a chart with the new USPS postage rates to print out on an index card, and thought I'd share. Feel free to copy, print, and distribute however you like.

Happy Mailing!
♥ Phillaine


This section is where I keep notes on outstanding swaps/tags/wishes/RAKs/WTAs to make sure everything arrives safely; I always send my swaps on time and try to rate as soon as I can after receiving from my partners.

PLEASE contact me before rating if you haven't received from me or the envelope is damaged; I'm happy to re-send if something gets lost or torn up in the post.


Wishes:

June Wishes Sent

AWG group
@Poohtat
@AZmom875
@bearnbabs
@yvonne401

Wishlist
@Autist

Wonderful Wishes
@kiddomerriweather
@stephiedee

May Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@susieq11
@anicka22

Wishlist
@Linsoid
@Swan
@TeaNi
@mejulia

Wonderful Wishes
@Autist
@kiddomerriweather
@2Hearts

April Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@dartha
@xninolax
@susieq11
@anicka22
@HippieChick

RAK group
@grammypammy

Wishlist
@ladyaries7
@Swan

Wonderful Wishes
@grammypammy
@kiddomerriweather
@BLUR
@Mimosagirl
@lindeyjae

March Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@anicka22
@susieq11
@user6937

RAKs Only

Wonderful Wishes
@CajunLady
@Lonestarchild
@kiddomerriweather
@lindseyjae

February Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@susieq11 rec'd 2/25
@anicka22

RAKs Only
@AZmom875 rec'd 2/9

Wonderful Wishes
@kiddomerriweather rec'd 2/2
@susieq11 rec'd 2/25
@TryshaH81
@BusyB rec'd 2/27

January Wishes Sent

Make a Wish
@susieq11
@anicka22
@dartha
@Pikkis
@CrystalZ rec'd 2/28

Wonderful Wishes
@Poohtat
@Lonestarchild
@Autist
@lindseyjae
@kiddomerriweather
@TryshaH81
@grammypammy rec'd 2/28
@LadyJo
@LahDeeDah
@fishsteak
@Highlander18
@tcornell


RAKs and surprises pending arrival:


Outstanding Tags, Trades, and WTAs:

Ratings

Juniebird rated for WIYM: Wishy-Washi #3 💌 on Oct 8, 2021
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Comment: Such a lot of very pretty tapes! Thanks for everything, I especially love all the birds, especially the owls! 😊. Can’t wait to use them all!
Lonestarchild rated for WIYM: Wishy-Washi #3 💌 on Oct 5, 2021
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Comment: Oh very fun -- wonderful additions to my H'ween washi stash! I have a fair bit of mostly orange, but not so much black. This is great! Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for your generosity and sending stickers!! I enjoyed reading your letter, your snail mail really made my day, thank you!
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Comment: Hi Phillaine! I enjoyed your letter very much and hearing about your biggest embroidery project, jelly making and future plans for a homestead. The bonus is the "Forest Friends seal & send. Super cute! Like you I'm happy for September. We're even expecting rain this weekend which we are welcoming! Thank you for your nice letter . Happy September!
Reisegern rated for Challenge Image Swap on Sep 1, 2021
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Comment: Hi Phillaine, your wonderful envelope arrived yesterday. It was postmarked on Aug24, so the re-send travelled really quickly over here. The house you carved is a great stamp. And it's so detailed - great work altogether. I like it a lot. I also like that you did so many prints of it on stickers and envelopes. It will be fun to use them. Thanks!
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Comment: They are lovely and I have such a good use for them!
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Comment: You totally nailed it!! I adore the Bureau of Paranormal Research patch! Totally spot on. And I do love Guardians of the Galaxy too! They are both perfect. Thank you so much for tailoring the patches to me! Aloha
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Comment: Thank you for sending stickers tailored to my profile - and most importantly the effort and thought you have put behind the mail you sent out! Love 'em!
Rainydancer rated for SSM: June sticker swap on Jun 27, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much! I loved your envelope, and Pipsticks is my fav brand too. I had stopped Violette because of the creepy kids/people/holiday ones! I do like the sheets like the unicorn one you sent though! The women feminist ones I have never seen before, and adore! If you ever remember where you got those I would love to know!
anicka22 rated for SSM: May Stickers on Jun 25, 2021
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Comment: Thank you sooooo much for the beautiful stickers. Love them so much!
mjhaertling rated for CPG ~ Ransom Note HMPC ~ USA on Jun 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the super sweet ransom PC. Every postal worker between Minnesota and Missouri must have kept if for a day - it finally arrived on June 5 or 6. LOL It was worth waiting for, the variety of letters is great. How far north is your "up north"?
Response: Crazy! Sorry it took so long to get to you. ♥ My "up north" is right near the Mississippi river headwaters. :) Can't wait to get up there!! Waiting on negative covid results for my family so I can make the trip (they all have it and mom just tested positive again). I'm so happy you like the card-- made with love! ♥
ccap rated for Private Swap: ccap and phillaine on Jun 8, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much for the goodies. I'll enjoy them this weekend when we head off to a cabin.
Response: Hooray! That'll be perfect timing! :) Thanks again for initiating this swap. I'd be happy to do another with you in the future. ♥
StagKing rated for N&T: Textile Amulet V on Jun 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful pendent! I gasped when I opened it up, the details are stunning! Thanks for participating in my swap and hello from across the river!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. ♥ I have pretty much no experience with textile jewelry, so your swap series has been a fun challenge. I'm so pleased you like the one I made for you. Hello back! :)
Arhel rated for HDoP profile-themed bookmark on May 25, 2021
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Comment: Dear Phillaine, thank you so, so much for your lovely mail! I love the bookmark (so pretty!) and it went immediately into use: I marked the page in one of my chess books with it. :) I prefer my bookmarks totally flat, too, so, no hole. And you even sent a second bookmark and die-cut leaves, thank you so much!!! My best wishes to you and of course your whole family!
Response: I'm so happy you like the bookmarks -- it was a challenge for me using those new brush markers, and I was hoping to get more detail than I managed. Thank you for hosting this lovely swap, and for your kind words! ♥
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Comment: Great patches again! I especially like the simplicity of the Frozen one. Thank you!
Response: Thanks! I really didn't want to do characters on that one as much as the pretty setting, so I'm glad you like the skyscape. Have a lovely day!
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Comment: Thank you for sharing this Mr. Zip inspired envie of stickers! I love all of them and will enjoy using each one! Reading your letter was a delight too - I definitely recommend Kauai when you go back to HI! It offers much more of the “real” (less-touristy) nature and beauty of the islands than Maui does, so you can hike and photograph some amazing sights! I strongly recommend Wailua Falls as a place to hike and dip your toes in! 😉 🤙🏽 💦 🥾 Aloha!🌺
Response: That sounds wonderful! My short time in Maui was not touristy at all. The whole road to Hana was open to us with no traffic, and we walked around in the bamboo forest near a waterfall and a grassy area and the volcanic rock shore without anyone around except a few people in the distance. It was only after coming back home that I heard that the road to Hana is usually crazy-busy. Lucky me! Thanks so much for the recommendation-- I'll be sure to check out Wailua Falls. ♥
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Comment: LOVE IT!!!! Thank you for the Firefly quote. I adore it. I think I will probably do a little frame on it and put it in my office. Aloha
Response: That's what I'm doing with mine! :) Thanks for your sweet comment--I'm happy you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it for you. Lots of smiles. ♥
tcornell rated for CPG Ransom Note HMPC #2 - Global on Apr 22, 2021
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Comment: LOVE your PC! Thanks so much Phillaine ♥♥♥
Response: Thank you! ♥ I'm happy you like it. It was so much fun to make for you!
ashanti2106 rated for MAIL ART - Owls on Apr 14, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the great mail-art! The owl goodies are cute, Love that you've included some hand made things!
Response: Thank you! ♥ I'm happy you like them. I always enjoy handmade things that you can't really find anywhere else. :)
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful patches! I absolutely love both of those movies and in fact tried to do my C patch as Coco but couldn't figure it out to my liking. Yours captured the movie so well. And Bob is adorable with his teddy. Thank you so much! Looking forward to your E & F patches too :)
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for your sweet comments. ♥ Lots of love went into these just for you. I think E and F are going to be a little more tricky for me to figure out-- I guess we'll see!

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Comments

yvonne401 on Jul 16, 2021:

Thank you for my AWG June wish of a nice variety of Christian stickers and nice holiday note! Thanks for thinking of me.

Blessings,

Yvonne

Autist on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you so very much for the amazing Ice Skating Pip Sticks!! I have never seen these, and I LOVE THEM!! Thank you for granting my Wishlist wish! Cheers, Evan

Lonestarchild on Jul 6, 2021:

Thanks so much for the wonderful A is for Address labels for June AWG. These are perfect!!

Poohtat on Jul 6, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely shroomy happy mail for my AWG June wish. I love what you chose for me. Perfect. I hope you are doing well. Enjoy your July break.

VioletLove on Jun 27, 2021:

So glad you you like the stickers! I currently have 6 Blythe dolls from artists on Etsy (not authentic) and several Pullip dolls. I have not been brave enough to customize any of my own just yet. I am working on setting up a dollhouse/shelf for them. It is so much fun! I would absolutely love to do a private swap! I am up for anything just let me know :)

anicka22 on Jun 17, 2021:

Today I received the most awesome stamps ever. Thank you very, very, very much!

stephiedee on Jun 14, 2021:

Thank you for the June WW! The stickers are all super cute (especially the raccoon!) and I found all the items on your list. ;)

TeaNi on Jun 9, 2021:

P.S. I also love the book theme card and stamped envelope, so fun to get an entire themed mail surprise! :)

TeaNi on Jun 9, 2021:

Thank you so very much

for granting a May wish for me with the absolutely delightful kitty & books iron on patch- I can't decide if I will put it on something denim (jeans pocket, a jacket?) or perhaps a tote bag! :)

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