Nero's Post and Patch

by Teje Karjalainen


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New blocks and Fabrics

Hi friends! Almost wordless post with some new blocks for my ‘Make My Day’ quilt and thanks to a dear friend for the win in her give away.

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I was soooooo happy to be the lucky one and win these beautiful fabrics from Judith’s give away! Thank you so much Judith!!! I’m sure most of you know Judith from ‘Just Jude’ – if not, it’s time to meet her! She makes beautiful things, gives sewing classes and she is always so helpful and supportive! Thank you again dear friend!

Each and every piece is just what my stash needed! Judith was so sweet that she sent to me also some white linen and light grey cotton – my favourites!

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And tape measures – also just what I needed … I need tape measures in many places. I have many ideas for these most beautiful fabrics and can’t wait to get to autumn and have time to start!

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There are some new blocks for my ‘Make My Day’ quilt, even the last days has been grazy busy. But now and then I take a moment to make a block or two … just to ‘make my day’!

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Picking up colours. If the block makes me smile, it’s  Goooooal!!!

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star block

improvised block

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Few moments from the last days …

blue and white

Pectus

yucca palms

sunset

quilt blocks

Thank you for stopping by! I wish you wonderful summer days!

TEJE

PS. Did you know that if you are on the main page of this blog, the photos are smaller than if you are on the page of the post? Click the title of the post and you’ll see.


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‘Make My Day’ quilt project

Hi friends! More new blocks than expected has appeared to the box where I keep my latest project. Yesterday I thought to rest a little bit and sew several blocks.

quilt process

Stars you have seen and after them I made the square on the left with turquoise corners. After that I had in my mind something like a path and this became one evening …

scrap squares

Because I made the brave decision to include here few of my precious Kaffe Fassetts, I connected them with Kona solids …

Kaffe with Kona

These colours are so beautiful and bright but my photos are from the evening inside. You’ll see them other time outside.

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This block is very improvised. I looked my white scraps and went on with their shapes. As you can see in  the earlier photo where I used 4 leftover pieces from ‘Orange Stones’.

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I like the seams in the white corner pieces. In this Project I shall use what ever white, cream and other low volumes. There will be bigger areas of white and there the seams gives nice details. Maybe, just maybe I shall make some applique later on those ‘empty areas’ but can’t know that for sure yet.

matching fabrics

Here is an idea for the next block. No idea how to make it but I enjoy matching the colours as you know!

Adrianne from ‘On the Windy Side’ had the same idea to make one block each day and she’s hosting a linky party if you like to share your July Project!

I don’t want to say that I shall have a blog brake but most likely it’s going to be a little bit quiet here at ‘Nero’s Post’ for a while. As it has already been. This and next month I’m pretty much ‘on the road’ – busy with work and other stuff and driving around and up and down every day. Still I hope to have a moment or two to make some blocks and show them to you.

For sure, I’m back after the summer with lots of news, new ideas and inspiration and hopefully with lots of energy! I may have then even a wall to make a design wall!

cute puppy

We don’t have a new dog! But this Funny Face lives in one of my work places and have to say that she makes my day there! She is Super Super happy when someone comes and runs like a rocket around the garden, follows you and is just the cutes little puppy!

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Nero, Hanna and Nelli are fine, lazy with the hot summer, but they are happy and so important company to us!

Nero and Hanna

Nero would love the little puppy girl! Nero is so in love with Nelli (our cat) lately. He just loves all the small creatures! And for a big surprise, also Nelli seems to enjoy his company and attention!

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Now I wish you the most wonderful summer! Thank you for visiting and reading my blog and thank you for taking the time to write wonderful, supportive and inspiring comments! I hope to see you soon!

TEJE


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Beginning new quilt!

Hi Friends! Good Month – can’t believe it’s already July! I found a good way to start this month – new quilt project!

wonky star block

Yesterday after my morning coffee and before going to work, I made this star. I picked the scraps just by instinct without any further plan, just what felt good for this one star.  Last few days I have been thinking a lot … and ended up to start a new quilt project.

wonky star block

Against my schedule, I made second star in the evening … after organizing first several hours my fabric stash. Getting rid of some old ‘so tiny scraps’ that you wouldn’t never even keep them … hmmm, no, those I kept still, but some other ‘ugly’ scraps I threw away. If and when I continue to make story-pillows I need every tiny piece because they may have just the colour I need to put a nose to a dog or a wing to bird or a suitcase for a travelling cat.

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Wonky star block looks fun and so different ‘in point’. Perhaps I put some stars like this.

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One other evening, when I just passed my sewing place  … I picked some little triangles … and after a while I had several blocks which will be perfect to join my new project.

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This quilt project is not busy to be finished but slow to be enjoyed – like the favourite  sweet which you like to eat slowly slowly to enjoy every bite and to make it last long. Unfortunately this time I didn’t have my favourite sweet, blueberry pie with ice cream!!!

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I’m too busy to even try to make this quilt quickly. I haven’t made any plans for this quilt … if I wake up at night I may think what kind of blocks to make … during the day at work I ‘picture’ the blocks and fabrics in my thoughts … you know how often it’s  enough just to watch the project on your sewing table, to make you happier.

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One day … some day … there will be enough blocks and enough time to gather them to a quilt which will be full of light, most likely sunshine … something that says  Good Morning – Have a Great Day!

sunny star block by Teje

Today this block made my day. Tomorrow it will be an other one. More about this project next time.

What makes you have a great start to your day?

Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful and always appreciated comments!

TEJE


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Crochet Health Survey – Crochet Pojects

 

Hello Dear Friends! Today we speak about CROCHET! Crochet is a fantastic craft because you can make so many totally different kind of things! You can easily mix colours, materials and create something special and even with few basic stitches!

crochet flower by Teje

Few days ago Kathryn Vercillo contact me and I was very happy to meet her. She is the author of the book ‘Crochet Saved My Life’. Kathryn is also studying how crochet can heal and help. I think anyone who crochet, knows that beside the fun, it’s good therapy like all kind of crafts.

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With Kathryn’s permission, quotation from her post:

A new crochet health survey has been launched to study how crochet heals people. This is a 27-question survey (mostly multiple choice) designed to gather detailed information about the physical and mental health issues that are helped through crochet work and to what degree the craft is helpful. The survey is produced by Kathryn Vercillo, an expert in the topic of healing through crochet.

Kathryn Vercillo is the author of Crochet Saved My Life, a book about the craft’s health benefits. In the book she shares her own story of crocheting to heal from chronic depression. She also interviews two dozen other women who share their stories of hooking to heal. In addition, she aggregates the available research into crafting to heal.

Several formal studies have been conducted that show crochet to be healing. The new study is designed to add to the available information on this topic. One unique thing about it is that the study focuses specifically on crochet as opposed to lumping it in with other crafts. Another unique feature is that it goes beyond asking the question “does crochet help?” (because we know that it does) and explores how it helps, to what extent and for what symptoms.

Kathryn Vercillo will do an in-depth analysis of the results of this study. She will use that information to publish a full report on the health benefits of crafting. She will also use the information in future publications and it will serve as the foundation for continued research into this important topic.

Crochet Flower Necklace by Teje

Back to me:

You can help support the craft of crochet by contributing your response to this new survey. The survey is available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/crochetsaveslives

If you like, share Kathryn’s study and survey and your own experiences about crochet. Has it helped you through some difficult periods in your life? Do you feel it’s a therapy in your busy eveyday life? Have you found out if crochet has been healing you?

Crochet Necklace by Teje

I have now opportunity to show you my latest crochet project: Flower Necklace. I’m so fond of those ‘old style’ crochet patterns that were used to sewn around the blouse’s collar and other cloths, tea towels etc.

Crochet Necklace by Teje

What you think – sun tanned decolte, white or colourful summer dress – holidays – Crochet Flower Necklace – sounds great or what! I have many different crochet necklaces under process but this time crochet is not healing but bothering my wrist which has pain, so I have to be patient and not to crochet till it’s better. Instead of that I started yesterday new improvised slow motion quilt project but that need’s an other post.

Because crochet is really fun, easy to do, easy to carry with you (perfect summer craft) and also great therapy, I hope to give you some inspiration with few of my earlier projects:

Crochet Stone by Teje

Crochet stones are so much fun to make and wonderful decorations! Click HERE to read my post with lots of photos.

One very good way to start crocheting is to make granny squares or hexagons. They are easy and you will get hooked because it’s so fun and quick to make them and to plan what colours to use for the next one … and the next one … and you just can’t stop! You can make first pillow if the whole blanket scares you, but I couldn’t stop and ended up with ‘NERO’S BLANKET’!

Hexagon Crochet Blanket

My first try with granny squares was a little blanket to Foxy (the most sweet, little dog we had). I just picket some left over yarns and started – inspired by so many bloggers I just had to try.

Foxy's Blanket by Teje

I have made one of my favourite jackets with crochet squares. I just started to crochet squares during my trip to Finland and then back at home, gathered them to this jacket. Sorry this worst ever photo but I can’t find better right now and want to show you this idea. This jacket has wooden buttons front. I have on process new jacket with flower squares but can’t find time to finish it.

Crochet Jacket by Teje

Then you can also crochet scarfs! They are lovely small projects and with different yarns you can make so dirrefent kind of scarfs. My latest is ‘SWEET PEA SCARF’. My pattern for this scarf is available in my ‘Craftsy Store’. I have used this pattern hundreds of time – for example around the edges of a shawl and knitted jacket.

Crochet Scarf by Teje

You can crochet small things to decorate your sewings etc. Long time ago I found this butterfly from one Finnish blog and I have made ‘thousands’ of butterflies since then. I have sewn them on knitted jackets, on fabric pouches, make-up bags etc. I was asked so often about this pattern and English version that finally I translated it. The original Finnish pattern is not mine and unfortunately I haven’t been able to contact the lady who has made it. Unfortunately the Finnish pattern doesn’t have photos because some time ago vuodatus.net had a problem and all the photos disappeared. If you want the Finnish pattern I suggest you use together my English version.

Crochet Butterfly pattern

White looks lovely on the linen pouch with some bright red polka dots …

Crochet Butterfly

I haven’t made these butterflies for a while and I think it’s time to make some and perhaps some new ideas where to add them.

Crochet t-shirt rug

When I made this rug in the beginning of my blogger journey, I didn’t have many t-shirts in my store (now getting wiser I have a big box). You can see from the photo that it’s old because Nero’s both eares are still up. After the surgery the other stayed down and made him look cool, shabby boy. If you like to start this project, read my post HERE.

Now I don’t remember what else I have crocheted?! So I leave you with my best inspiration, a crochet shawl made by my mother.

Crochet Art Shawl by Riitta Karjalainen

made by Riitta Karjalainen

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend – perhaps crochet creative! If you have a moment I would love to hear what crochet or sewing project you enjoy mostly in the summer.

TEJE


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Mug Rug and Presents

Hello friends! I hope you are fine and have time to enjoy summer! The other day I thought to make beautiful potholders. Are you the same like me that never think to use your favourite fabrics for potholders? Like  it’s waste because they get easily dirty and after some time don’t get clean anymore. But on the other hand they are something we use everyday, so shouldn’t they be something we like to look?

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So why I have here mug rug if I made potholders? Because I made material testing. I got some great materials from my sister  – thick and really warm looking. I thought they could be great for potholders and they could but perhaps with quilting cottons and not heavy linen mix.

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You may realize from this photo that it’s really firm and not comfortable to use as a potholder. My first thought was that beautiful potholders could be used also as mug rugs. Now and then I have made some letters it was time to make a brave decision a start to use them … T is a coincidence as it was the only uppercase letter I have made. T fits here well … even I’m coffee drinker … but T is my letter and I love blue!

Paper pieced letter mug rug

Kristy from ‘Quietplay’ has made the patterns for small and big letters and you can find them from her Craftsy Store. I have used my other paper pieced letters for Christmas bunting on my blog’s header.

Christmas 2013 (Constantia+Freestyle Script)

I’m big fan of letters – can’t help that. Joulu means Christmas in Finnish. I’m fan of mugs, too and because …. hmmm just because I was bored to use each and every day my patchwork mugs, I bought few new. Still I use of course also the patchwork mugs! The quilt with them is ‘Happy Days’. By the way, I have washed this quilt now with the colour catchers and it’s bright and fine. Thank you for your advices and reminding me to use them!

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My new mug rug has a loop behind and the backing is solid mix linen.

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I didn’t want to make symmetrical block so I set the paper pieced ‘T’ in the corner. Now there is also space for the mug on the side so it doesn’t cover the letter.

Mug Rug by Teje

Could I wish my luck has turned?! I almost gave up with the give aways because for ages I didn’t win anything and some earlier winnings disappeared. So you can imagine how happy and thrilled I was when I won Lizzie’s give away. Lizzie’s beautiful blog is ‘Swedish Scrapper’ . I was really excited to get some Swedish Linens and they appeared even better! Thank you so much Lizzie!

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They are gorgeus and the colours couldn’t be better! Colours from both of my home countries, Finland and Greece! And the card is Super fun! Can you guess what that little thing on the blue is?

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It’s the sweetest, little stamp I have ever seen! It is Sun! I was happy to hear that Lizzie has visited my hometown here in Greece and her idea to send me a sun stamp was the best! Lizzie makes beautiful things, colourful quilts and other sewings. Have a look for example what she has made with linens. I have no idea what I shall make, if I ever dare to cut these beauties, but I may follow Lizzie’s advice and make some super special little towels.

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Hanna and Nero are fine even bored because it’s hot and they can’t be so much out. Nero is soon 10 years old,so I think he needs extra care not to feel too hot and exhausted. Not that Hanna is very young either – next week it is exactly 8 years from the day she came to us. If you like to read her puppy story, it’s HERE (it’s a touching story but also sweet – Hanna is such a darling).

beautiful sand

If spring was busy I can’t describe the summer. Most of the days I work till midnight; there are so many things all the time waiting to be done and the list gets longer and longer. Fortunately I like my work and who could say that they are working when playing with sand …

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I wish I could tell and show you more, but because often plans doesn’t go as we think and ‘life happens’ – it’s better to wait a little more.

Today I got ‘hooked’ with one email … it lead me to one blog … to pinterest … so here is a sneaky peaky for my next post …

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So it’s the Mid Summer, the longest days of the year … it’s Special time in Finland. Most of the people go to the lakes and countryside to celebrate with their family and friends. Could I have ever believed, f someone told to me many years ago, that one day I’m in Greece sewing mug rug at the Mid Summer Saturday night! In fact I sew potholders but those I’ll show you an other time.

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Keep Calm and remember to drink water! Thank you so much for visiting and reading my blog! I want to apologise that I haven’t had enough time to read blogs and write comments, but can’t help at the moment. One day you will understand. Thank you for your sweet words about the flower bag! I wish you wonderful, sunshineful and happinessful week!

TEJE


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Flower Bag and Pink Sea Glass

Hello Dear Friends! I hope you are fine and enjoy the summer! We have hot weather and me and my new flower bag tried to stay in the shadow  …

Bag and Sea Glass Pendant

This bag has a great summer feeling. I almost said also country feeling but why not also city feeling … in cities there are also lots of lovely places filled with sweet flowers. Last days we have been working mostly with the bracelets and sea glass pendants. Sea Glass is very Special and exciting material. Every piece is unique and sometimes if you are very lucky you can find ‘once in a lifetime’ piece …

Pink Sea Glass

 

Pink sea glass is really rare colour. If you think what kind of glass items there is made from glass in pink colour, you understand that it’s almost a miracle to find a piece like this … smoothened by salty sea water, sand and stones and then washed to the beach.

Pink Sea Glass

Only sea can create those c shapes on the glass and it may take over 30 years to be nicely smoothened all around. This pink colour is very difficult to photograph and with our strong sunlight it looks almost white. That’s also the magic with Sea Glass that it looks very different depending how and where you look …

 

Blue Sea Glass Pendant

Here is for an example one, also very special piece of blue Sea Glass. This has very rare surface and it looks beautiful. But look the colour with the sunlight …

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And if you give her few drops water, the magic shows even more …

blue sea glass

The shape under the glass is water drop. If you love colours, you would get ‘grazy’ with the surprises of the sea glass colours! If you like to read more about sea glass, visit my other blog ‘TRIKIMIA’. More about pendants here.

Shoulder Bag by Teje

And then back to bag … and the back of the bag …

Shoulder Bag by Teje

I made this bag with same idea like the ‘Greek Cross Bag’. Only the linen part on the top of the bag is a little bit lower. That strap is with knot on one side and on the other side it’s sewn under the small strap.

shoulder bag

shoulder bag

Inside there is again one pocket and the closing is with zipper. Bindings on the outside big pockets and the up edge are double folded.

Shoulder Bag by Teje

I do hope that there will be one bag for me, too! Linen looks great with the flower fabric and it is very practical with two large ourside pockets and one pocket inside. Size is about 10″ x 12″. Strap is adjustable with the knot.

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Now I think I return to my work with bracelets. Most of the stones we use are semi precious stones, gem stones, coral, lava etc. For example on the front line those ovals are Tiger’s Eyes, light stones are Rose Quarts and the dark stones Green Jaspers.

I shall post about our jewelry projects also in our other blog ‘TRIKIMIA’ which is mainly for our sea glass, jewelry and decoration makings. Both of our etsy shops: ‘TRIKIMIA’ and ‘TEJESARITA’  are quite empty now because we are working for a new project. Most of the things we make, are for sale, so if you see something you would like to purchase, I’m very happy to make a special listing for you. Please send me email: nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll get back to you.

Gemstone Bracelets by Trikimia

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for leaving so wonderful comments! I wish you Fantastic Midsummer and to all my Finnish readers Hyvaa Juhannusta!

TEJE

Shoulder Bag by Tejesarita

 

 


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Greek Cross Shoulder Bag

Hi dear friends! Great to see you – i hope you are fine! Surprise – i have finished bag – with those two Greek Cross blocks. When i made them few days ago i didn’t have any plan ready for them but then connecting some ideas from here and there they looked suitable for a small shoulder bag.

Greek Cross shoulder bag by Teje

This bag is prototype = prototipo = προτοτυπο, first try for the idea in my mind. I make plans always in my mind and not on the paper. I may do some notes to remember ideas but usually i have or create a ‘picture’ in my mind and then when i start to work i plan more. That’s why each project takes time but is also enjoyable. From this bag i’m expecting a lot, means that i like to make this same bag with many different fabrics and colours and bigger, too. My other ‘speciality’ is that i don’t use or make patterns = not good always. I make only rough notes for the measurements to easy a little bit the next project.

shoulder bag by Teje

This bag has lots of details to work with and there are few little things i shall trim with the next bag. But mostly i’m happy with this design. For the strap i had many possibilities and it was difficult to choose, ending up with this adjustable ‘knot’ strap.

shoulder bag by Teje

I have already started the next bag and it’s going to be a little bit lower, means that the linen part on the top is lower because here it looks wider than the quilted pocket-piece. When making bigger bag i shall make on the sides box-pleats.

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On the other side the strap is hidden under blue piece and the on the other side it’s knotted with the blue piece. Big side pockets have double folded quilt bindings. Also the binding on the top of the bag is double folded. That connects also the zipper. Inside there is one simple pocket.

shoulder bag

shoulder bag

Strap is made with linen and the quilting cotton. I really like this method to make strap. First i folded the edges with iron and then just sew them together. I folded the edges till the center so both fabrics are double.

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These are the fabrics i used. Size of the bag is 9″ x 12″ x 2″.

Next bag is already going further very well and it’s going to have a modern-romantic look …

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All the details are ready and i could have finished the bag but then jewelry work was calling.

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I have sewn the strap, zipper, pocket on the linen, quilted the front pieces, now just need to finish the ‘puzzle’. This is the flower fabric, bought from Eurokangas in Finland.

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I really like pink even i don’t have it much around me. This gorgeus flower was on our neighbour’s cactus …

cactus flower

When looking for photos i saw that i have still many photos waiting from my trip to Finland. One somehow cute thing i found from home there were two books. Very special, some of the most favourite books i have had … i can still sense the feeling, see the places, even hear the sounds … which i created in my mind when reading them … i believe many of you love these, too …

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If they just weren’t so heavy, i had taken them with me and read them again! Is it possible to remember how it smells in the wooden house on the preria even you have just read about it?!

Painting by Riitta Karjalainen

Blue Greek Pots by Riitta Karjalainen

At home in Finland there are also lots of paintings from my mother and grandfather. They both visited Greece many times and were strongly inspired about the nature and colours here. I took lots of photos from the paintings and hope to feature them somehow.

Greek Cross Bag by Teje

This drift wood you will see again later. Hb made fantastic stand for the jewelries. At the moment it was still ‘available’ for my photo shooting.

I shall join all my favourite linky parties – please click the buttons on the side list. There are parties almost for every day full of fun and inspiration! Thank you for everyone who is hosting a party and makes it possible for us to share our sewings!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your wonderful comments!

TEJE

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