Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DIY Easter Bunny Wreath

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Hello!  Today I want to share with you this Easter Wreath I made.  I came up with the idea while perusing the aisles at my local Joann store.  I wanted to make a wreath that looked like a bunny, but wasn't over-the-top cutesy.  I know everything in the world you could ever imagine has been done before, so I highly doubt I am the first person to ever do this, but I have not seen one like it.   It was SO easy and can be pretty inexpensive!

Here's what I used:


  • Styrofoam circle.  (I used a 40% off coupon)
  • Bunny ears headband.  I got mine at Joanns (40% off coupon, boo-yeah.) but they can be found at the Dollar Store.
  • Two 6 foot boas, for a total of 12 feet and it *just* fit around the circle perfectly.  You could also use fuzzy yarn, but I wanted mine to be extra fluffy, like a rabbit.
  • Pastel ribbon I already had
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors (to cut tags off of items)



I know my pictures are awesome.  And by awesome I mean completely horrible.  I did this project at night and snapped pics as I went along.  Sorry!



First, I hot glued the headband to the circle.  I left it completely intact, the headband was flexible enough to fit perfectly.



Next, I decided how long I wanted my ribbon, and made a loop out of it.  I smothered the end of the ribbon in oodles of hot glue, on the back of the circle directly in the middle (between the ears).



Then, I hot glued the end of one of the feather boas to the foam circle.  I started at the top, between the ears, on the back and just wrapped it around and around.  I added a little dot of glue every couple of inches or so.  When it reached the end, I used glue to secure the end to the circle.  I then repeated this step with the other boa, starting at the top and wrapping the other direction.



Here is the finished product:



This post was featured over at: Too Stinkin' Cute! Thank you so much to Mary at Too Stinkin' Cute for featuring my Easter Bunny Wreath on her blog and mentioning it on Facebook!  Hop on over to her blog to see oodles and oodles of incredible things! 

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Entry Way: Rug and Plans

Friday, March 16, 2012

Have I mentioned before we have exactly $0 in our budget for any home improvements and decor?  No?  Oh.  Well, we have $0 in our budget for home improvements and decor.  That includes items for my poor, sad entry way.

This is what I am dealing with, people:




Okay so the picture above was actually taken several years ago when we moved in. Currently all of our shoes are scattered in front of the door, the coat rack is busted and has about 10 coats on it. My purse lays on the floor, as does 90% of everything we bring into the house. 

So anyway, I have a long list of things I want to do with this space. One of those things is paint but to paint the entry way we have to paint nearly the entire house since it's all connected. That will happen (oh yes, it will, and all the trim too! BWAHAHA!) but not for a while. So for now, I am going to stick to organizing and accessorizing.

I have been scouring the internet for rugs for some time now and, as we all know, there are so many gorgeous ones out there! Some are incredibly expensive (most of the ones I like are anyways, why is that?), and others are pretty affordable. Well folks, "affordable" is still out of my budget.

I found Overtock.com (or o.co as I like to type in my browser window) simply has the best options for someone like me who wants to spend around about nothing. 

It's a pretty long hallway/entry so I will need multiple rugs, and I have a plan for the square-ish space by the front door. But for now I am focusing on the runner that will be centered along the hallway.

I wanted an indoor/outdoor rug because this area in our home has a ton of traffic, the rug must be durable. It rains a lot here where we live, and our shoes are usually sopping wet when we enter the house. But I didn't want a typical outdoor rug that had no personality. It had to be something different and geometric yet neutral. Something not stark white so dirt wouldn't show easily. In other words, I am not at all picky.

I found this guy and me likey:

Poolside Grey/Bone Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Original price tag was not bad at $38.99 but it was on sale for $33.14 (15 % off). 

Like most of you, before I make any purchase online I always check for coupons.  My favorite coupon site, RetailMeNot, had a link to a 7% off coupon for new customers.  Technically I have ordered from oh-dot-co before but never from my Mrs. B's Hive email address, so after I registered again I kinda sorta was "new".  Okay maybe not, but shhhh, don't tell on me.

So after the sale and my coupon + shipping my grand total was $33.77.

heck to the yeah

 So even though I went $33.77 over budget, I still think it's worth it. 

I can't wait to get this rug paired with this shoe cabinet:


HEMNES Shoe Cabinet from Ikea

While I was out of town not only did I pick up the shoe cabinet, I also found (at a different store) crystal based table lamps that look similar to this one from Target:

Crystal Table Lamp with White Shade


Only mine weren't $55.99 each.  They weren't even $20.00 each.  Mine were.... drumroll please....  $37.98 for TWO.  $18.99 a piece for base and lamp shade.  Can I get an amen?  I found 2 left at Ross and scooped them up so fast.  As I was checking out a lot of ladies were all "oh I love those lamps!" "I want those lamps!" and I just laughed because they were mine. both of them. mine. no mah left fo you. Love that rush!

My to do list for the entry way:

  • New runner rug
  • Shoe cabinet
  • New lamp
  • Tall board and batten with coat hooks
  • New mirror
  • Artwork
  • Paint - haha.


MIA! What I've been up to...

Oh my word, you guys.  I am so sorry to leave you all hangin'!  I was super sick, I actually think I had "the plague", seriously!  I am feeling so much better now but I was out for the count for a while.  Then, I was of town for a few days visiting family and watching my pretend boyfriend, Blake Shelton, perform at a concert at the Rose Quarter. Oh heck yeah! 

Things have been so crazy around here this week too... we had a freak snow storm here on the Oregon Coast.  I heard on the news it hadn't snowed this much since 1951.  Crazy!  But so fun.  We only had about 3 inches of snow at our house, but other areas were hit harder.  All schools were closed and I was stuck in my driveway.  I can hear you snow bunnies groaning now, lol.

While I was out of town I was able to make my first trip to IKEA! (I know, how sad is that?!  But it is 2 hours away from where I live. Boo.)  Oh.my.gosh.  I have to be honest here, I have a love-hate relationship with Ikea now.  I love the stuff they have and their prices of course, but I went alone and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I walked in and I may have become very crabby and overwhelmed. Especially when I got to the register and the friendly (and by friendly I mean wickedly cranky) lady told me I only had box #2, and I needed to go get box #1... which "would be a whole lot bigger than box #2".  Sigh. When I hiked back to Aisle 22/Bin 41 it was then I noticed the fluorescent yellow signs stating "HEY STUPID! YEAH, YOU! THERE ARE TWO BOXES! ONE. TWO.  2 BOXES. HEHEHE YOU DIDN'T SEE ME! PEEK-A-BOO! LOL! TWO BOXES!".  I also may have almost cried when I couldn't get my humungo trolly cart to fit through the line to get a cinnamon roll. Wah. BUT, Five hours after I entered through the doors of the Ikea I had this baby loaded up in my car:

Ikea HEMNES Shoe Cabinet ($139)

She is a beaut.  This will be in my entry way soon.  Of course, for now, it is in a box in my car.  But soon I will get the entry way makeover I have been dreaming about!

I have some small project posts coming up, like a spray painted bathroom table and an Easter wreath.  I just need to get some good pictures. 

The Office re-do is slooooooooooow going, nothing exciting to report yet. 

I'll be back very soon with some good stuff, promise! (crossies don't count.)  What have you been up to?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hive Five Linky Party! {March 2012}

Monday, March 5, 2012


Hello and welcome to our very first Hive Five Linky Party!  Beginning March 5th, 2012 and on the 5th of each month thereafter, I will host a linky party for you to share your projects.


The Details:  This party will be open from March 5th, 2012 to March 30th, 2012!  On April 1st I will post a feature on my very favorite project that was linked by one of you!  April 5th will be our next Linky Party.


What Can Be Linked:  Projects related to home decor and design, crafting, room reveals and updates, recipes, any project you are proud of!


What Cannot Be Linked:  Shops, items for sale, spam, offensive or inappropriate links.


How Many Links Can I Add?  You can link to as many different projects as you would like.  Just remember: Do not link the same project more than once in the same linky party.  Please be courteous and only post your best or favorite projects.  Please do not re-post the same project multiple months in a row, unless it is an update or reveal.

Please put a link back to me on each post you link up to, so that others can find us and share their awesomeness!  
You can use a text link (back to http://www.mrsbshive.com) or this button:





Alright, everyone, get your link on!  And don't forget to pay a visit to your fellow linkies to give them a "HiveFive" for their hard work! ;)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

DIY Nailhead Trim Tools

Thursday, March 1, 2012
I think it's safe to say that most of us have been obsessing over nailhead trim for a while now.  I think it adds the perfect touch to a piece, don't you?

I especially love nailhead trim on headboards.  This one, from Ballard Designs, is one of my favorites:

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Here it is up close.  See the multi-colored nails?  Love.

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I don't love the price though.  I have scoured the internet on a search for an inexpensive headboard with nailhead trim and I can't find one in my budget.  

In the future, I am going to attempt to DIM (do it myself, ha!).  I have read lots of tutorials about how difficult it can be to do nailhead trim.  I have read it is a challenge to get the nails lined up perfectly and keep them straight.

I flashed back to a 1980's mustard yellow wing-backed chair my grandparents had (that may or may not be slip-covered and sitting in my office right now. sigh.) and remembered when the nailhead trim started coming off it came off in one big string... it wasn't really nails.  So I thought to myself, there MUST be faux nailhead by the yard out there.  There simply has to be.  So I started doing some research and found some awesome stuff.

I may be the only person in the world who didn't know about this stuff, sorry if you already know all about these.  A day late and a dollar short, that's me! :)

My search lead me to this product first: "Decorative Nailhead Trim" BY THE YARD.  It comes in a strand with real nails you put into pre-drilled holes.  Sweet.  I could see using different nails to re-create the two-tone look in the Ballard headboard.

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Then, at a different site, I found this bad boy:

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The Quick Nailer!  You can set up to five nails head to head at one time with this guy. 


There is also the Flexible Curve Ease (Invisible Curved Edges):

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This continuous strip invisible fastener gives a firm, smooth tailored line around even the most radical curves without hand sewing. It bends and flexes in all directions and can be used for straight applications. It holds the fabric smoother than hand sewing.  -- Source

Want a Nailhead trim kit?  They exist! Here's some, for example.

Don't forget your upholstery hammer:

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One side is magnetic, for placement of nails.  The other is for hammering.  They also have some with Nylon tips, so it doesn't destroy ornamental tacks.


I am a little overwhelmed, but I think we will still give it a try at some point.  Have you ever done DIY nailhead trim?  Did you use any of these products?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bathroom Makeover {Sneak Peak}

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I am a little under the weather today, so no big project reveals, but I will share with you a sneak peak of our bathroom makeover.

It is not quite done yet, still have a few things to finish up... okay I lied... I have a LOT to finish up in there. Sigh. :)  I will share the entire room with you as soon as I get my butt in gear and finish get the room pulled together.

When I get to feeling better I will attempt to try to makeover a cutie piece of furniture I found at Goodwill for less than $5.00 that will go into this room, I will share that with you too!  The only thing holding me back is this weather, holy goose nuggets, it will not stop raining.  And hailing. And raining.  This Oregon beach weather is not conducive to my spray paint trigger finger, my friends! :)    

Here's a before shot of this corner of the room:



I know it's hard, but please try not to be jealous of my dungeon. Ha!  There is no window in this room, so no natural light + dark paint x dark accents / dark shower curtain, carry the 2, solve for y and I think that gives us one dark room. But I'm no math wizard. 

Obviously it's that infamous builder beige that is all throughout the house.  In some rooms I like it, but it is way too dark and green in this space for my liking.  The shower curtain is gorgeous, but not in this space.  Again, it was too dark.  The oil rubbed bronze rack was nice, but had one big problem:  No hidden storage.  It was pointless, really, it just housed random stuff and didn't hide anything.  The shelves were nearly impossible to put anything on, as they were not solid.  This is a big problem because I am a girly girly girl and I love make up and hair products and all sorts of stuff.  I needed better storage. 

Enter Target.  This may come as a shock to you but I live 2 hours away from the nearest Target (from the nearest anything, really).  I know, it's gut wrenching, right?  So on one of my trips to Portland (or as I call it, P-town) I was perusing the aisles of this, how do you say it, Tarjay, and found this beauty, the Fieldcrest Wall Cabinet.  It was a splurge for me, but I went with the moment.

And here she is:


The rectangular tray on the bottom open shelf is from Target.  The seagrass box is from Walmart.  

I found this gorgeous crystal at Goodwill for $2.99:


I added a new shower curtain I bought on Amazon and some shower curtain rings from Target:


The mirror is actually a tray that I found at Goodwill for $4.99.  The vase is also, you guessed it, from Goodwill and I think it was around $3 or 4.  I love the white cut out pattern.


The glass doors were see-through, which is not a good thing because I wanted to use this for storing not-so-pretty items.  I rummaged through my scrapbook paper and found one I liked.  By the way, I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the office re-do because finding this piece of paper in my pile of craft stuff was ridiculous!

One 12x12 sheet works for both sides.  I just cut it out and used my Vellum scrapbook adhesive to attach it.  I love that I can switch this up any time I want to create different looks.




If you're anything like me, you want to see what is inside this cabinet, right?


Round box on the left was a gift and holds hair accessories, like pony tail holders.  The cute little bin on the right was a Target dollar section find and holds my frequently used nail polish.  Bottom shelf is used for skin care, hair care, fragrances.  This cabinet holds a TON of stuff, I am surprised, actually.  I also like that the shelf is adjustable so I can store my tall items, like lotion and hairspray bottles.



There you have it, a sneak peak at what is to come.  Stay tuned!  I also have a fun linky party coming up on March 5th, so excited to share it with you!

How to remove Blogger Navbar {Blogger Tip Tueday!}

Welcome to Blogger Tip Tuesday!
Last Tuesday of Every Month
@ Mrs. B's Hive
February, 2012

Although this blog is new, I have been blogging since before the term "blog" was created.  I am from old school blogland, before Blogger or Wordpress existed and I had to code everything manually and use an FTP to get it online and I walked to school uphill, in the snow, barefoot... both ways!  When Blogger did come around, I scoured the internet for help to customize my blog template without paying for it. 

I am no professional, but I thought some of my readers might be into to this, as we are all looking for ways to DIY to save some money.  Why spend money when you can do it yourself so easily?  We have this mindset when it comes to our home -- why not our blog homes?  After all, our blog is sort of like our second home, right?  :)

With that being said, some people may not want to deal with it and want to hire someone to design a gorgeous blog, and that is completely wonderful too, because we are all about supporting small business, right?!

So for those of you who want to follow along, read ahead.  And those of you who have no interest, check out my blogroll page and pay a visit to some awesome ladies.

Ready?
So for our first installment, I thought we could do something basic, like removing the blogger Navbar. 

Do you have one of these Navbars at the top of your Blogger powered blog?


Some folks choose to keep this Navbar at the top of their blog, and that is fine and dandy.  Others, like myself, prefer to remove it to make the page look more streamlined and customized.

It is SUPER-DEE-DUPER easy to remove, or "hide" it as we will do in this case.


1.  Log into your Blogger account.  Choose the blog you wish to edit.

2.  Click on Template >> Customize



3.  In the Blogger Template Designer click Advanced >> Scroll down and click Add CSS



4.  Copy the following code and paste it into the "Add custom CSS" field:

#navbar-iframe {  
 display: none !important;
}

5. Click Apply to Blog.  Done!



FAQ about removing Navbar:

WHY SHOULD I KEEP IT?
It really is a personal preference.  Some people like to keep it because it allows them quicker access to their Blogger Dashboard.  Others like it because they can navigate to the "Next Blog".  Some claim it is easier for readers to follow their blog.

WHY SHOULD I HIDE IT?
Again, it is about personal preference.  I like to hide it because I want my blog to look customized and professional, and I find the Navbar hinders that.  Some claim that an erroneous or fraudulant "Report Abuse" claim could cause problems for the blog owner (I don't know much about how that works).

WHAT ABOUT HIDING VS. REMOVING?
The method I showed you uses CSS to hide the Navbar, which in my opinion, is the quickest and easiest (and best!) way to do it.  There are ways to completely remove the code, but it is not necessary.

I HAVE SEEN OTHER TUTORIALS ADD THE CODE SNIPPET TO THE HTML SECTION, WHY DON'T YOU?
There are several ways to hide the Navbar.  Using the Add CSS path through the Blogger Template Designer is the easiest and cleanest way. 
More advanced users can choose to Edit HTML, Expand Widgets and paste the code snippet just before the ]]></b:skin> line.  It does the same thing, one is a longer path than the other.

WHAT IF I HIDE THE NAVBAR, BUT DECIDE I WANT IT BACK?
Go to Template >> Customize >>  Advanced >> Add CSS - delete the code from the Add Custom CSS field >> Apply to Blog.

IF I REMOVE THE NAVBAR, WILL OTHERS BE ABLE TO GET TO MY BLOG BY CLICKING "NEXT BLOG"?
Yes.

Next Blogger Tip Tuesday is scheduled for March 27th, 2012.  

Do you want to know how to do something in Blogger? Submit your questions to: mrsbshivetheblog [at] gmail [dot] com. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Office Re-Do {Part 1}

Monday, February 27, 2012
Our office re-do is a long time coming!  The current state of our office is sad, to say the least.    About a year ago we had a leak in the roof, which resulted in some water damage in the office closet.  My hubby ripped out the carpet, padding and drywall in the closet to fix the problem.  Good news:  Problem was fixed (yay, hub!).  Bad news:  Closet is still in shambles.

I can't even blame the water leak for most of the problems in this room though!

When we first moved in, I had this thought that we should put our big TV in the office and use that as our office/family room and keep the living room formal. This is a good plan for some homes, and it worked for us for a while, but it does not work for us any more. Our house is small, and our office is not efficient.  This makes life pretty frustrating, especially since my hub is self-employed and needs a functioning space.

Another issue with this is that I am a crafter, and I need a workspace.  Currently when I work on a project I have to use our dining room table... obviously this is not conducive to an organized home.

When we moved we had a mis-hap and our computer desk got smashed to smithereens, so we have been using the computer desk my hub used when he was a bachelor.  Awesome.  The worst part is we have a gorgeous L-shaped desk in the garage, still in the box, just calling my name, begging to be put together.  That has been in there for about two years now.

The closet... oh the closet.  It is currently comprised of post-leak drywall and a thin layer of carpet (no padding) thrown over the floor.  I put a book shelf in there and it houses mis-matched bins of my craft items, as well as anything else that doesn't have an organized home (read: piles of stuff). 

I am embarrassed to admit this closet has always been a problem for me.  Prior to the water leak, we had a sofa table in there that housed mounds and mounds of paperwork.  Over time, I piled craft items, electronic items, cords, you name it and it became a pit of despair.  It had become just another place to put stuff I didn't know what to do with.  At any given time, if I needed something as simple as an envelope, an avalanche would take me out.  Not to mention the height of the closet was not utilized for storage.  {head slap} What was I thinking?

My hub is also VERY hard to win over as far as getting him on board to do home projects, mainly because time and money are lacking around these parts.  But, I think I finally got to him.   Bwahahahaha!  Ahem.

So last weekend we began the work.  It will be slow going, but trust me, we have a vision and we will stick to it and it will be fabulous!

I know I have mentioned this a few hundred times, but I will say it again, our house is small.  We have 3 bedrooms, the office being one of them.  This means my plan is to maximize effective storage solutions while making it pretty.  I have my work cut out for me.

What we need/want:

  • Simple, bright, fresh, inspiring, organized space
  • Large desk for home office and separate workspace for me
  • Organized storage for: my craft/scrapbooking/sewing items, computer and electronic accessories (gah! cords!), gift wrap, paperwork, DVDs, CDs, photo albums and much, much more!

To Do:

  • Remove everything from closet
  • Mud/Sand/Paint closet
  • Purge room of all things crappy (cough-bachelorcomputerdesk-cough)
  • Relocate large TV to living room
  • Paint Walls {Agreeable Gray - Sherwin Williams}
  • Install our own DIY version of wainscoting, crown molding and trim around window
  • Build DIY wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling cabinet/shelves for storage
  • Paint all trim, base, molding, wainscoting, cabinets{White}
  • Replace beige carpet with new wood flooring
  • Take closet bi-fold doors off and burn them store them in the garage
  • Make the closet space a functioning desk and craft/scrap/sewing storage area for me
  • Find affordable area rug
  • Put together the desk that has been in the garage for 2 years
  • Accessories and artwork (fun, fun!)

Easy, peasy.  Right?

Hmmm.  :)

Okay, so in the spirit of keepin' it real, let's take a look at some pictures.

This one here was taken a few years ago, before we had our son.  This is pretty much still how it looks, except add take away the bins and add in a LOT more clutter. :(

Mr. B is concentrating deeply on very important educational programming (Survivor.)

The office closet:

Forgot to take a picture until I had cleared bins off of the shelf.  Doh.

The closet right now:



The next picture is the current state of our dungeon office.  It is also mortifying to post.  I tried and tried to get a "natural light shot" but Oh Em Gee people, it is SO overcast here and there is no end in sight.  I hope the sun comes out some time this year, but I digress. :)  This photo shows exactly how dark and gloomy this room is.  I have the blinds open and it is still this dark:

Keys to a well functioning office.... HA!

You can clearly see my problems.  Everything about this room is awful.  Too much furniture, TV is too large for the space, paint color is too dark, not enough light, poorly executed furniture placement, virtually no workspace, etc.

These bi-fold doors may hide the fugly, but they are my arch enemy.  I dislike them for so many reasons. They will be going bye-bye!


Finally, a little bit of sun shone through! Yeah!

My vision for this space:

I want to get rid of the dark, gloomy builder beige (with green undertones) paint and re-paint it a brighter, fresher color.  I got a sample of Sherwin William's Agreeable Gray and put it up on the wall in some spots and love it! We are going with this one for sure. 


Agreeable Gray - Sherwin Williams


I want the basics to be neutral... something sort of like this:



I am open on the flooring.  Cost is a HUGE issue to us, so we will have to do a lot of research.  We cannot afford real wood and we want something extremely durable (like drop a heavy toy metal dump truck on it and leave no marks durable).  We currently have real bamboo floors throughout the house and they are ridiculous to maintain, and they are so soft they show every ding and mark.  Any thoughts or advice on this?

I will also probably go with a neutral solid colored or muted design rug.

I love this Crate and Barrel rug I found on Pinterest, but it's out of my price range:

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I like this one from Overstock, and it is much friendlier on the budget, but not sold yet:


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This is the desk that is in the garage that we need to put together.  I bought it a couple of years ago, and looking at it now, it wouldn't be my first pick, but I do like it and it offers a lot of workspace for the hubs, so we will go with it.  My budget does not allow me to be picky on this one. :) 



Lots of COLOR will come in the form of artwork, accessories, curtains, fresh flowers, etc.  I want to be able to change up the room often, so that is why neutral bones are important to me.  I love to decorate for the holidays, and I change my mind about decor so quickly.  I will love being able to change out the drapes or artwork to create a whole new look.

The office closet with be transformed into a desk/workspace/craft area for me.  This is an inspiration photo I pinned:


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I absolutely love this.  The color of the walls is similar to what ours will be.  Love the floor.  The chair is stunning, isn't it?  My workspace will have a lot more storage, simply because I have to maximize the space I have.

I want some sort of built-ins on the back wall. I will either have hubs built them or we might do an Ikea hack to save some time and money. I am loving these:


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I hope you're with me for the long haul, because there is so much work to be done!   :)
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