14.9.12

I wanted to end the week with a few ways of showing you our gratitude for your continued support

a giveaway of a bag with mysterious goods inside - enter the giveaway by leaving a comment and find out monday what's inside (you won't be disappointed) when I announce the winner.
I know only one winner will be chosen for the giveaway, so I wanted the rest of you to have a little something too - a coupon code for the new 2013 calendar. when you enter CAL13 at checkout you will receive 10% off (this offer will expire on sunday sept. 16 at 6pm)

the brick and mortar shop will be closed on saturday and sunday - please come visit j and I at the queen west art crawl in trinity bellwoods park, I hope you can come by and say "hi" we will be at booth M9
have a wonderful weekend! thanks for visiting, xxa

327 comments:

  1. Love the idea of having mysterious goodies in a gorgeous bag! :)

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  2. yay for giveaways and beautiful things!

    Erika

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  3. Ooh! Mystery giveaway! Super fun! I love it!! And that calendar is just gorgeous. The pops of colours are fantastic! Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the art crawl!

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  4. Love your patterns. Would love to win the bag and goodies.

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  5. I can't wait to see what's inside!

    :)

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  6. What a fun idea and a great give away :)

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  7. Have a great weekend. Hope to win the bag of goodies!

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  8. I'd love to win your gorgeous bag full of goodies :) what a way to end the weekend

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  9. aww! thats very special thankyou....

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  10. So beautiful Arounna! It is easy to support artists like you and J ;-)
    I will take my chance for this mysterious give-away.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  11. Love the bag and adore your designs in general and the blog. Thanks, you are inspiring. Lisa

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  12. I'd love to enter the giveaway :-)

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  13. I love everything you do Arounna, but specially your bags! :-P
    (lucyrattia@hotmail.com)

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  14. Surprise bags are the best! Your designs are always beautiful and the calender is so lovely.

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  15. Love the bag! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  16. I found your blog a few days ago. By mistake. And I'm soooo happy I did found it. I'm in love! :)

    Eva

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  17. Beautiful bag, Arounna! Nice apron too.
    Lillian

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  18. Squeal! Have a lovely weekend.

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  19. Waw, what an amazing tote bag! Can't wait to know what's in it :)

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  20. It would be so fun to win this! I love your shop and can't wait for the next time I get home to visit your shop

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  21. the 2012 calendar was one of the nicest things I got for myself this year. The 2013 one seems even prettier :) Thank you for simple yet beatiful patterns!

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  22. Your designs are so organic and beautiful! I always feel like we should be sending you gifts for sharing your beautiful wares. Thanks for the chance! Have a great weekend.

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  23. Oooo, How exciting! I love all your designs and artwork. Most very inspiring!

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  24. the 2012 calender was one of the nicest things I got for myself in the past year. The 2013 one seems even prettier :) Thank you for simple yet beautiful patterns and for the 10% off too!
    Kristina

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  25. I will be jumping up and down if I win!!!!!!
    I'm already super happy with my bags, they are the best!

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  26. Love everything at Bookhou and this bag is no exception! Dreamy! Thanks and have a wonderful weekend! Flavia

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  27. Oooh, I would be happy with just the bag, but with goodies inside? Yay! The calendar is beautiful. Thank you for giveaway and for sharing your gorgeous creations with us.

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  28. I love your style and I love your bags and I love your fabrics, I would really love to win this giveaway! Have a happy weekend!

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  29. The bag alone is a lovely giveaway, let alone with goodies inside! I'm crossing my fingers :-)

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  30. Mistery bag is fun! Of course we won't be disappointed, everything that is produced by you is beautiful! Have a nice week-end! :) Sara G.

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  31. Your field pattern is simple and beautiful. Loving your new stones pattern. I very much liked your very old man singer tale...have adored David Bowie since the 70's.

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  32. Excited to see what's inside!

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  33. Wonderful giveaway!! Beautiful bag and mystery bonus - doesn't get any better :) /Lise

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  34. Oh my I absolutely love your bags and prints! I'll keep my finger crossed until monday :-)

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  35. A giveaway ànd mysterious presents, WAUW!

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  36. Beautiful! Now I just can't decide which bag design I like the best.. really!!

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  37. Thank you for the giveaway, thank you for the calendar discount, thank you for being who you are. oxox

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  38. Ooooo I love a bit of mystery and a giveaway... how excellent! The calendar looks lovely :)

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  39. Lovely bag Arounna! Hope I can come see you at the QWAC :)

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  40. Thanks to Geninne I discover your wonderful creations. Such a perfect things with lovely materials and designs!

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  41. give the giveaway away to me: your work will arrive at famous town of KASSEL, city of art- spectacle "documenta"! I'd carry it everywhere to all the artistic places. a real art- wear! And I could add into it my own little secrets, too. oh please, please...
    (it's so beautifull)

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  42. Nice!!! I want, I want, I want the amazing giveaway... and with a surprise inside!!! :DDD
    The calendar's patterns are really pretty.. as all you make!
    Buen fin de semana, and enjoy the art crawl!!!!!

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  43. What a great bag! The print looks like poppys without petals.
    Fantastic, restrained, stylish!

    Love your page!

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  44. Arounna you always suprise me with your beautiful things!
    I wish I could enjoy your giveaway!
    Happy weekend.
    Beatriz
    Murcia. Spain.

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  45. Love all your stuff. I want to winn:)

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  46. That calendar looks pretty cute, also (of course) the bag

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  47. Beatriz from Murcia. Spain
    Arounna you always suprise me with your beautiful things.
    I wish I win your giveaway.
    Happy weekend.

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  48. Oh, I love this bag ( and the others also :))!

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  49. I hope that one day I'll win something by your hand!

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  50. i love everything here... i love you :) bravo

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  51. I love your products and there are many on my wish list. It's a shame you on the other side of the world, I would really like to take a look at your shop. This awesome giveaway with a surprise inside, I LIKE!!!

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  52. I absolutely love the design and the quality of the craftsmanship. I would love to add this bag and goodies to my growing bookhou collection!

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  53. ooh, I just ordered calendar and triangle day bag at your shop on line...fabulous fabrics and patterns!can't wait to have both in my hands:)thank you
    Sabrina

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  54. :D i think ive entered for every giveaway for a few years and i never win, but im not going to give up ! this one is super cute :)

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  55. Oh! This is great! I'd love to win the bag and see what is inside! Thanks!

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  56. Your art work is beautiful!! Love the simplicity of your designs too. Thanks so much!

    Denita Purser
    Garner, NC

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  57. Sounds like a lovely giveaway. Would be the perfect match for another of your totes I already have. Enjoy the weekend!

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  58. I love your art; your work is alwais inspirational for me, so I'd be happy having all those beautiful gifts! Congratulations from Pontevedra, Spain!

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  59. So awesome!
    My fingers are crossed!

    What did you stuff inside?!

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  60. Your work is only gorgeous! Liz from Dublin

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  61. Arouna, you are full of suprises!! ;)
    Thanks for the beautiful designs!
    I cannot wait to discover what lays inside the precious bag..

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  62. What a great 'mystery' give-away! Thanks!!

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  63. Please count me in, I love the plant design on this lovely bag! Angie x
    gorgeousheart1@gmail.com

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  64. Lovely bag, lovely calendar. Lucky winner!

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  65. I would love to win the bag and goodies too:-)
    Bente

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  66. I really enjoy your blog! And what a beautiful bag - wonder what the mysterious goodies are.
    Bente

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  67. Super excited about what could be in the bag!!! I hope I will have the chance to find out on monday! :)

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  68. Leaving a comment sounds easy but what to say! I do enjoy reading your blog about your family and your beautiful heart felt work and I love the simple and elegant nature of your work.

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  69. such a lovely calendar and sweet little bag. i simply adore your work.

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  70. I wish I could buy one of everything in your shop! --kbt

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  71. I'd be so glad to win this giveaway, as far as I really like your bags.. And it is even better with goodies inside it!
    And your calendar is so pretty!

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  72. Hello! Your work is fantastic! Every single piece of your shop is lovely, would be an honor to have one of your pieces.

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  73. I'd be happy with just the gorgeous bag.

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  74. that is such a gorgeous bag, fingers crossed! have a great weekend :)

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  75. Beautiful bag! Mystery items...so exciting! I love the calendar.

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  76. Oh, I absolutely adore this design, it is beautiful. I would love the bag even empty, it's my favorite.
    Wishing you great weekend at the show.
    And thanks for a chance.

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  77. wow, the bag is wonderful! I wonder what is inside, more than ever I cross my fingers!

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  78. I love mysteries. Your bag is beautiful. Would love to win and carry it around my town.
    Lisa Williams
    Leelee624@aol.com

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  79. I love your loverly bag, oohh I wonder what is inside it!! Your calendar is pretty nice too. Have a great weekend. S:)

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  80. Getting something so pretty and unique is always a treat, to be that lucky and on top of that having a surprise is just heaven!! And if there're paper goods inside ... *^.^*
    It would be heart warming to get it, across a ocean. ;)

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  81. Love it, you are so very talented!

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  82. This bag is beautiful, just beautiful. Makes me feel like a walk in the garden. :)

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  83. everyone loves surprises
    hope to see you this weekend in the park

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  84. I would absolutely love to win this bag. It's gorgeous!

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  85. I always love a good surprise...
    enjoy your weekend!
    P.

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  86. I always get so excited when I see you're doing a giveaway! Your work is amazing, and I'm crossing my fingers :)

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  87. wow - i tweeted about how much i love this bag a few weeks ago! so i would love to enter the giveaway if that is ok? thank you :)

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  88. Wow thanks for the special discount on that lovely calendar :)

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  89. I am totally intrigued by those mysterious goods. :) Have a lovely weekend show. The calendar looks lovely.

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  90. Arounna, who doesn't love a mystery? Great idea for a giveaway and a generous one as well. I hope you and J have a great weekend at the art crawl. I wish I could visit you in person, but for now a trip to the online store will do :)

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  91. How fun!! Thank you Arounna for your kindness!!

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  92. Fantastic giveaway idea and a huge congratulations with passing the 4000 mark on Etsy - amazing work! Have a great weekend at the park - I wish I could pop by to say hi :)

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  93. Like those surprise bags for kids, only better!

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  94. Love your bag and a mystery...always a good thing! And a wonderful weekend back at you!

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  95. This bag is soooooo beautiful. Love your blog, love the patterns, love the mystery. Enjoy your weekend!

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  96. Thanks for such a sweet giveaway!
    I have one of your bags now, and saw it through Instagram.
    I quickly fell in love with the quality and craftsmanship when it came in the mail. Congrats on such beautiful work!

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  97. What a nice way to start off the weekend....with a little bookhou mystery. Really looking forward to picking up your utility apron at QWAC this weekend. Love your aesthetic and your understated approach. happy friday!

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  98. love love LOVE your bag! Really curious what the mysterious goods will be!!

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  99. Yay! I love giveaways! And your new calendar is so pretty!

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  100. A gorgeous bag filled with mysterious goodies - How delightful!!!

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  101. Yay! I love giveaways! & your new calendar is so pretty!

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  102. The bag in itself would be a wonderful giveaway. How generous of you to fill it with goodies. Last Christmas I gave both of my roommates your calendar. They love it! Both of them frame each month as the year progresses and it looks amazing!

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  103. Looove this bag as much as every single other bag you have made!!

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  104. The bag itself makes for an awesome giveaway! What wonderful surprise it might hold....? I found your blog through Genine's and Marg's blogs a few months ago, I love visiting your space here and getting glimpses of your art. Lovely!

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  105. love all your pieces & admire your creativity! Cannot wait to one day own one of your creative treasures.Through the mystery give-away will just be a BONUS! but 'm saving to make a big order from you guys. Keep up the inspirational work.
    xx Anne

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  106. I love this bag! Would be thrilled to win it and the mystery contents inside.

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  107. Love this creative new idea for a give away. Have a great weekend show

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  108. I love the bag, the calendar, I love everything!
    Isabel

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  109. So gorgeous! Lovely giveaway.
    Hope I win dear(:

    -XO Abbigayle Rashae
    -trueblueabbi.blogspot.com

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  110. You are always so generous with your giveaways! So sweet!

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  111. Love the bag, Thanks.

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  112. What a beautiful calendar! As for the giveaway!The bag is lovely even by itself no matter what is hidden inside!Please count me in!AriadnefromGreece!ariadnesky@hotmail.com

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  113. Great bag! The print reminds of a field at dusk... Thanks for the "giveaway" opportunity!

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  114. I'm really loving all of those bright colors on the new calandar! Hope you have a successful time at the art crawl!

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  115. What a fun giveaway - thanks for the chance to win! Also, love the 2013 calendar. Best one yet!

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  116. oh love it!!!!!!!!!!u r very generous!!!!!!!!!I hope number 5 gets lucky this time;-)best wishes 2 U.....cant wait 2 know whos gonna get all ur goodies!!!!!!!

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  117. i can only imagine what lovelies that bag holds (the bag on its own is an amazing prize!)
    enjoy the weekend!

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  118. Teasing me will always get my attention. This bag is lovely and the mysterious contents make it all the more exciting.

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  119. Oh I love that tote! Even alone I would be thrilled to death to carry it. Have a great weekend.

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  120. The bag would be enough, it's just gorgeous! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  121. Love the bag!!! have a great weekend!!!

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  122. oh i love your work and giveaways!! thanks and have great weekend!

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  123. Thank you Arounna & John you are always so generous! -kasia

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  124. Oohh mystery bag... Love it!

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  125. I love the organic look of all your creations. Your talent is boundless. Thanks for adding beauty to my world.

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  126. How fun Arounna, and beautiful!

    I am totally in love with your designs.

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!!!

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  127. What a beautiful bag! Just perfect for Autumn. Thanks so much for the generous give-away.

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  128. I sure hope a calendar's in there! :)

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  129. I love everything you create and of course, who wouldn't love this. I love coming to your blog and online store, it's very soothing during the day at work :)

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  130. I love everything you create and of course, who wouldn't love this. I love coming to your blog and online store, it's very soothing during the day at work :)

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  131. Oh my.....who wouldn't love to win this beautiful bag....I sure would! It's so elegant and I wonder what is hiding inside. Thanks for the opportunity to have Bookhou creation!

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  132. Very exciting! As a kid I remember getting those little paper "surprise" goody bags that were either for boys or girls. LOL. Funny enough, I don't remember what was inside - - It was the suspense about what it could be that got my imagination going! This is the adult version!
    Can't wait to see what's inside!

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  133. I just love your designs ... the bag is lovely!
    I hope your weekend will be successful and full with nice people :)

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  134. such a nice surprice: a giveaway which is a surprice too:) Love that idea and love the bag too. As long as it's ok that i am and live over the pond I'm sooooo into it, count me in for those goodies. thank you.

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  135. Fun! Wishing you & yours a delightful weekend.

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  136. Fun! Wishing you & yours a delightful weekend.

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  137. Ooooh! A giveaway! I see giveaways all over the place but YOURS is the only one I want to enter! I wanted you to know that I took my Triangles Tote Bag on my recent trip to Los Angeles. It is the perfect flight bag and nice enough that I don't have to switch to a purse once I arrived. Lightweight, strong, fits under the seat, everything secure behind the zipper, and the light colored lining makes everything easy to see inside. It also rests well on top of my rolling carry on. So just wanted you to know that I was especially loving my tote on that trip! Thank you!

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  138. Bookhou Loot Bag! Wow! HOpe to see you at the art crawl!

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  139. Thanks for the opportunity. I love you work, and hope to finally be able to settle on which bag i want. Thanks!

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  140. What a lovely giveaway! Thank you!

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  141. You always have such fun giveaways, I'm hoping to win the mysterious package this time! Happy Friday!

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  142. It will be a dream come true to win just that bag. If it comes filled with goodies, I can't even imagine the joy!! I love your work and about everything you do. This is a great giveaway!!

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  143. Don't want to hurry the year away but the 2013 calendar is a gorgeous thing to look forward to

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  144. I would be happy just to win that lovely bag. Now if that comes filled with goodies, I donno what will it be like? Christmas in September!!! That's a great giveaway and I love all your work.

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  145. Don't want to hurry the year away but the 2013 calendar is a gorgeous thing to look forward to

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  146. loved bookhou as soon as I knew you :) hoping to pass that along to our little bib model too!
    thanks for your generous offer arounna :)
    Caitlin & Lilith

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  147. Mystery giveaway with your goods? Sign, me. up! Have a great time at the art crawl!

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  148. Such a cute bag! The calendar is lovely as well. Thank you for organizing these giveaways, they're always very fun!

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  149. Love the new calendar! And of course, I would love to win a bag. Count me in! :)

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  150. lovely bag!!!!!!!!
    with goods?????
    :):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  151. Yay! Surprises! Would love to win them and that lovely tote.

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  152. That's one of my favourite patterns of yours on the front of the bag. I'm sure what's inside is equally lovely! I have my fingers crossed.

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  153. Beautiful new calendar. Crossing my fingers for the giveaway!

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  154. Ooooh! My first time entering a give away within the time allotment (thanks for the heads up on Instagram) :)

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  155. i recently stumbled on to your site. adore the bag and your work. happy friday!

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  156. Mysteries! I love mysteries. I'm also glad you are going to tell us what is in it on monday or I would have died of curiosity.

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  157. ooohhh the mystery is so exciting!

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  158. Beautiful bag, fingers crossed!

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  159. I love the bag and all of your work!! Hope the art crawl goes well!

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  160. Una sorpresa!!!! I´m in. A big hello from Mexico.

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  161. I'm moving to Toronto soon and am really excited to be able to visit the store! A very generous giveaway, Thanks!!

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  162. I'm moving to Toronto soon and am really excited to be able to visit the store! A very generous giveaway, Thanks!!

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  163. The 2013 calendar looks wonderful. Can't wait to get one. Great giveaway idea too! Hope the weekend is successful.

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  164. This is so cute! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Love your prints!

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  165. This is the prettiest surprise bag I've ever seen!

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  166. We follow you on IG and love your gorgeous designs. This is a wonderful giveaway and we would love to be included. We promise not to fight over who gets the bag if we are lucky enough to win! We will take it in turns to look super chic! xx

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  167. Beautiful work!!! Inspirador

    Hugs from Mexico City!!!

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  168. Love all of your creations! Thanks for offering a giveaway!

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  169. arounna, you are far too generous with all the giveaways you do! i think your kindness and down-to-earthness are part of what everyone loves about your work and ethical business practices, and why we all continue to support you.

    thank you for such a wonderful giveaway and have a wonderful weekend.

    thank you for doing what you do.

    xo

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  170. How exciting! A give-away!!!
    Your work is w o n d e r f u l !!!! Count me in, please!

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  171. Me please! The calendar drawings are beautiful

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  172. Arounna, thanks for the giveaway. Its so exciting to see all your work, and it is all so beautiful, wish I could have each and every one of them :).

    xo

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  173. As always, I love the shape and the print! Keep up your lovely work!

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  174. It's hard to say something lovely about this bag that hasn't already been said in the comments above! It's simple + modern design is certainly timeless and your work always seems to stand on its own. I hope to one day reach the talent and popularity you and your shop have earned :) 'til then...keep up the gorgeous work! Thanks so much for this opportunity, too :)

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  175. Happy autumn! Your work is so pervasive in my day, I realized this morning. I checked the date on your little calendar hanging from a binder clip in my bathroom, walked by your husband's beautiful alphabet in my dining room, picked up your leaves tote that's full of my school things, and headed to my classroom. What a gift to be surrounded by good design. I'm grateful.

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  176. a perfect way to end a great week, love your work

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  177. I always enjoy your website and continue to be inspired by your work and your words. Thank you.

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  178. Everyone wants something from bookhou. I am so glad I do.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Olympia

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  179. Everyone wants to have something from bookhou. I am glad I do.
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Olympia

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  180. I absolutely love the simplicity in all your work. Its fun to imagine what you have put inside your beautiful bag. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  181. I love surprises! I used to live in Toronto but make my home in LA now. Your site is lovely!

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  182. Oh, i just love the 2013 calendar! So very pretty. Thanks for giving me a chance to bring home the beautiful bag as well. Cheers!

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  183. Chouette! Love the bag…

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  184. So lovely, and so generous, and filled with gifties, too! I really hope I win this :)

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  185. The bag itself is awesome! I'd be so happy to call it mine!

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  186. There's something about your designs that wake me up inside. Thank you for sharing yourself with others this way.

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  187. I always get compliments on my waxed canvas bag. Love all your stuff. Happy Friday!

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  188. I like the screen print on the bag. Really nice design! Nice pictures!

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  189. your work is so beautiful & inspiring to me... a lovely giveaway, Thank you so much for the chance!

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  190. Beaytiful bag!! Thank you for the opportunity!

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