Random Post #11

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Ahem. XD I finally finished writing another random post! I hope you enjoy reading it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Random Topic #1: Birthday Adventures

As most of you probably noticed, my birthday was on the 13th! My little sister did a birthday post for me, which was so sweet of her. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you all SO much for your wonderful comments. โค I had an amazing birthday! My mom and sisters decorated with lots of purple/lavender streamers and banners and such and it was so pretty. I had a wonderful day in which I opened gifts from my family, consumed an unhealthy amount of sugar, responded to all of your comments, etc. Then, that evening, we went to a concert and saw David Crowder live!! It was so awesome. My parents didn’t tell me where we were going or what we were doing until we got there, and it was such an amazing surprise. Here are a few photos from my birthday:

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This is a slide show of some of the gifts I was given. ๐Ÿ™‚ I always feel weird posting about gifts on my birthday/Christmas because it feels like I’m just bragging, but people always request those posts, so….?

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Here are some photos that I took at the Crowder concert! IT WAS SO EPIC.

Random Topic #2: My 3-Year Blog Anniversary + 300th Post

Guess what, guys? I’ve been blogging for 3 years!! My official blog anniversary was on December the 20th. Here’s the little notification thingy that WordPress sent me:


Why thank you, WordPress. XD


Thank you so much to Allison, Sarah, Megan, Sara, Kaylyn, and Yashvi for being my top commenters over the past year! โค I think it’s pretty cool that I’ve been able to keep blogging for this long, and it’s super neat to see how my blog has grown over the past year. I hope to keep blogging for many years to come! I may be doing something pretty big to celebrate this occasion…. you’ll have to wait and see if I end up doing it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, this just happens to be my 300th blog post! There’s your random and useless fact of the day. You’re welcome. XD

Random Topic #3:ย Salutations GIF Tutorial

Many of my readers have asked me how I made the little GIF at the beginning of my posts. I finally got around to making a quick tutorial. You can see it below:

Step 1: Open the graphic design tool of your choice. You can use Canva, BeFunky, or any other design site. I’m using Canva for this tutorial.

Step 2: Decide what you want your GIF to say (hello, greetings, salutations, bonjour, goodbye, farewell, etc). Then open a text box. Leave the sample text in the box and choose the font, size, color, and alignment of your text.

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Step 3: Erase all of the letters in the text box. Save the blank white image before continuing.

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Step 4: Type the first letter of your chosen word into the text box. Save the image, then add another letter and save it again.

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Repeat this process until you’ve typed the whole word and saved an image each time you added a letter.

Step 5: Go to Giphy, a free GIF-making tool. Click “Choose photo or GIF”, upload each of your images in order, and then follow the directions on the site to create and download your GIF.

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You’re done! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope that tutorial was helpful to some of you!

Random Topic #4: Bunny Update

Ahhh, I haven’t posted about our bunnies in such a long time!! Button and Banjo are doing quite well. They have become so much more friendly and playful than they were when we first got them! Here are a few photos that I took of them when they were playing in their playpen this morning:

That blue thing that they’re sitting inย supposed to be their litter box, but they turned it into their bed. XD It’s so hilarious and adorable when they both try to squeeze into it at the same time!

THEY’RE SO CHUBBY AND ADORABLE. Which photo is your favorite?

Random Topic #5: Introducing An Awesome Blog that Deserves More Attention

The lovely blog I’m giving a shoutout to today is….

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This blog is full of gorgeous and unique photography that you don’t want to miss. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click the link above to check it out, and don’t forget to follow and comment!

Comment below with some blogs that you think deserve more attention!

Random Topic #6: Some Recent Posts I’ve Enjoyed

My new obsession with kitties + a video you need to seeย || Flourishing by Restful Falls

Best of 2017 {Blogging Awards} (Part 1) (Part 2) || A Barefoot Gal

remember || stars and stories

meant to be hereย || the young and dreaming

Ahem. I Have an Announcement. || A Farm Girl’s Life

Random Topic #7: My New Fiddle

I got a new fiddle, guys! (Yes, it’s a fiddle, not a violin. XD) It’s so pretty and I love it. Here are a few pictures of its gorgeousness (with the lights of our Christmas tree in the background). ๐Ÿ˜€

I realized just the other day why I love playing the fiddle so much more than the piano or guitar or any other instrument – it feels so free. A guitar has frets, a piano has keys, but there is nothing on a fiddle to restrain your movement or guide your fingers – it’s completely up to you to produce the perfect note. That’s also why it’s one of the hardest instruments to play. Anyways, that’s just a random thought that I had last week. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been trying to come up with a name for my fiddle. XD Do you guys have any suggestions?

Random Topic #8: The Tragic Tale of How I Failed NaNoWriMo

*clears throat*

*cues slow, dramatic cello music*

*begins to speak in deep narrator voice*ย 

The date was November the 1st, 2017. Soft rays of silver moonlight streamed in through the windows of the dark living room and washed over Clara’s amazingly messy desk. Clara sat down in her chair, logged in to her computer, and began to write under cover of darkness. Slowly, at 12:01 AM, she typed the very first sentence of her NaNo novel.

“A stooped, shaggy figure sat in the corner of a dark room, his head resting heavily in his hands.”

Her novel was going to be epic. She was going to have well-developed characters and an exciting plot with creative twists that her readers would never see coming. It was clear that this novel was destined for wild success. Over the next few days, well-stocked on mint gum and Twix bars, Clara wroteย 9,392 words, and with each sentence she became more and more sure that she was going to easily succeed in reaching her goal of 25,000 words.

Naturally, she miserably failed.

So, yeah, that was the long and unnecessarily dramatic way of saying that I failed NaNo. XD BUT I HAD A GOOD REASON FOR MY FAILURE! I totally could have finished my novel. Maybe. Anyways, I stopped writing about 2 weeks into November because finals for two of my college classes were at the end of the month, and I really didn’t have time to study for those and finish my novel as well. So, in the end, I passed my finals but failed NaNo. *sigh* I plan to keep writing my novel, though! I feel like I’ve gotten a great start on it. My main characters, Max and Clementine, are really fun to write about, and I’ve had a lot of fun creating this story so far. I fully intend to finish my novel and to try again next year to win NaNo. ๐Ÿ˜€

Did you participate in NaNo this year? Did you fail like I did?

Random Topic #9: Animal Shelter Update

SO. GUYS. *rubs hands together* Do you remember my post about when I volunteered to take photos at the animal shelter?? (If not, click here to read it.) Well, after I took those photos, the shelter posted them on their Facebook page, several of the animals got adopted (yay!), and I thought that was pretty much the end of it. BUT! IT WAS NOT. A few weeks ago, I was traveling with my dad and sister when I got an email from the director of the shelter. She said that she had something important to discuss and asked me to call her as soon as possible. Well, I wasn’t able to call her just then, so I messaged my mom and asked her to do it. I waited in nervous anticipation until about an hour later, when my mom messaged me back. She told me that the shelter director loved my photos so much that she wanted to pay me to come and take photos at the shelter twice a month. I WAS SO SHOCKED AND AMAZED. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I STILL HAVEN’T RECOVERED FROM SHOCK. I’m going right after Christmas and I can’t wait!! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, anyway, maybe that wasn’t that interesting to you guys, but I’m pretty excited about it since this is technically my first-ever job. XD

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Whew, that was a looooong post! Thank you so much for reading all the way to the end. ๐Ÿ˜€ Here’s some candy for your effort. *pushes a Twix bar through the screen*

Which random topic was your favorite?

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78 thoughts on “Random Post #11

  1. Yay, I enjoy your random posts!
    Ooh, that shirt you got is really pretty! Looked like an awesome birthday!
    Congratulations on 3 years and 300 posts!!! That’s a lot!
    Your bunnies’ faces are so cute and chubby ๐Ÿ™‚ .
    Your new fiddle is very pretty!
    And Congrats on the shelter photography job; that does sound very exciting, and like it will be a lot of fun!! (You get to make money for photographing adorable animals!?? XD Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€ ) I hope it goes great! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yay, I’m so glad that you do!
      Haha, yep. I had a great birthday!
      Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I agree about the bunnies and the fiddle. XD
      Ahh, thanks so much! I know, right? XD Thank you, I hope so too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      -Clara โค


  2. Ohh, congrats on 3 years of blogging, Clara! And it looks like you had a great birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚ OMGGG I’M SO GLAD YOU DID A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE THAT “SALUTATIONS” GIF!! That’s brilliant and I’ll have to see all the type of things I can do with that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Your bunnies are SO cute! And omgggg the photos you took with your fiddle?? GORGEOUS. Especially that bokeh!!

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    1. Thank you, May!! I think I saw on your blog that your 1-year blogiversary is coming up soon – congrats on that, your blog has grown so much in just one year!
      YAY I’m glad you liked the tutorial!!
      Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

      -Clara โค

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    1. Thank you, Rose! Merry Christmas to you too!
      Ooh, that’s so awesome that you play the violin. What’s your favorite song to play?
      Thank you so much!

      -Clara โค


  3. i gotta say- oooh, twix! eats it, ignoring the braces
    uh, yeah.
    i LOVE the pillow and bag! soooo awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€
    very pretty photos! I love the bokeh, and the fiddle is so pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚ is puzzled because it looks just like her violin
    ah yes, I failed as well. XD I dumped it to make my sibling’s christmas presents, and one of my sisters STILL isn’t getting one. thank goodness her birthday is in january. grimace
    and coooool, a JOB! one thats fun and not to much ‘work’, nice! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Most crazily, ~Olive

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    1. Haha! XD I also eat Twix even though I have braces. ๐Ÿ˜›
      I agree! ๐Ÿ˜€
      squishes the bunnies
      Thank you so much! Haha, well, a fiddle and a violin are the same thing, so… XD
      I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my failure. ๐Ÿ˜‚
      YES! I’m so excited! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks for commenting, Olive. ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas! โค

      -Clara โค

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    #1. Yay, I’m so glad you had a great birthday, dear. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I quite enjoy looking at your and other people’s gifts… don’t quite know why, but it’s fun. XD
    #2. YAAAAAY AGAIN! Congratulations on 3 years of blogging, dear, and may there be many more to come. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooh, I’m the top commenter? grins I guess I couldn’t help it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also PLEASE DO THE BIG MYSTERIOUS CELEBRATION before I die of curiosity. And thank you very much for that random and only semi-useless fact of the day. I am now wiser. solemn nod
    #3. I think your GIF thingy is a great idea! ๐Ÿ˜€ Nice tutorial, too – how long did it take to put together? O.o
    #4. AHHH YES THE ADORABLENESS IS STRONG WITH THESE BUNNIES! XD They are seriously SO cute. But… still not cuter than our bunnies. I think… twitches) And help, I can’t pick a favorite! Maybe the first one or one of the ones with hay sticking out of… someone’s… mouth. ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ™ฅ
    #5. Ooh, I checked it out and her photography IS beautiful! โ™ฅ
    #6. Aww, I’m glad you liked my post. ๐Ÿ™‚
    #7. THOSE. PICTURES. ARE GORGEOUS. And the bokeh… happy sigh Name suggestions? Ooh, what about Vivace? (Thank you nameberry.com.) Or another musical term name? XD
    #8. Ahahaha. That’s sad. But I’m glad you just failed NaNo instead of exams. Heh.
    #9. WOOOOOW THAT IS SOOOO EXCITING! I’m so happy for you, dear! โ™ฅ And I look forward to more adorable animal pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hey, that comment wasn’t so bad. I can almost see it all without scrolling down the comment form! Impressive. XD Merry Christmas, dear, and I loved the post – as always!

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      #1. Thank you, I certainly did!! Haha, yes, I agree. ๐Ÿ˜€
      #2. YAY thank youuuu!! Haha, I love your wonderful comments, thank you for leaving so many of them! ๐Ÿ˜› I’M PROBABLY GOING TO DO THE MYSTERIOUS THING. MAYBE. And you’re welcome. XD
      #3. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha, the tutorial took quite a while to put together, especially since my computer was being super slow and stubborn. -_- ๐Ÿ˜‰
      #4. I AGREE! XD Humph. I must say that I disagree. Do YOUR bunnies fall asleep on top of each other? Do they play games where they climb up on top of their cage and jump off??? HMMMM? XD And thank you! ๐Ÿ˜›
      #5. Yes, I agree!!
      #6. Well of course I liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was so pretty and well-done!
      #7. THANK YOU!! Ooh, I love that name! I shall add it to my ever-growing list of ideas. XD
      #8. Indeed, it is very sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ XD Yes, I’m glad too. ๐Ÿ˜›
      #9. I KNOWWWW! AHHH! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ THANK YOU!! โค

      Ha ha! XD Merry Christmas to you, too, and thank you again! โค

      -Clara โค


      1. HA HA! XD
        1. ๐Ÿ˜€
        2. Aww no problem! I’m glad you love them instead of getting overwhelmed with their length. XD AHHH YAY I AM EXCITED.
        3. Oh boy, I bet. -_- (that’s such a cute emoji)
        4. NEVER. Well, I don’t know if they fall asleep on TOP of each other, but they all squish themselves into this one little house we made for them and you can see them all packed in when you lift the roof. ๐Ÿ˜€ Well… they play games where they chase each other. At least I think it’s a game… XD XD AND PLUS WILLOW JUMPS OVER THE STALL WALL WHICH IS ADORABLE. โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ
        5. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        6. Aww, well good! โ™ฅ
        7. YOU’RE WELCOME! Ha ha, YAY!
        8. *sniffle* XD
        10. GUESS WHAT? We just got an old typewriter! For two dollars! And it works!

        You’re welcome for the… somethingth time. XD โ™ฅ

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  5. I like the last picture of the rabbits best, but they are all great. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can completely understand about finals taking up a lot of time. Last weekend I put at least 15 hours worth of studying into Biology. Congrats on your first job! I actually just got hired this week for mine. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  6. KOTLC pillow! Ahhh! Congrats on the job! I love pet photography! I went to a David crowder concert this summer and it was amazing. Your bunnies are so adorable! Merry Christmas!
    Rose. ๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ

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    Woah, looks like your birthday was tons of fun! Nice fiddle! Also, congrats on the job! I was once asked to design poncho for this lady in California. She’s lanching a kid’s line soon.

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  8. Happy 3-year blogiversary!!!!! CONGRATS!! Wow that was perfect timing, your 300th post on your 3 year anniversary! ๐Ÿ˜€ Your bunnies are adorable! They were probably my favorite category ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s so cool that you get to take pictures for the animal shelter!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Yay! I love your random posts!
    Topic #1: Your birthday sounds GREAT! And that would be an amazing surprise to go to a Crowder concert. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ (Of course, maybe not Crowder for me… but anyway. XD) I loved looking through your pictures! Oh, and yeah, I do know how it seems weird to post about the presents you get, but I did enjoy looking at the slideshow! (And I’m glad you liked my present!)
    Topic #2: YAY FOR CLARA! ๐Ÿ˜€ Congratulations on your blogiversary! I thought you had been blogging for longer than me actually. ๐Ÿ˜› Ooh, is the something-you-might-be-doing-to-celebrate-it the thing I gave you advice(ish) for? ๐Ÿ˜€
    Topic #3: Great idea to do a tutorial on that! I love how you do the GIFs to explain the process. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Topic #4: OH MY! OH THE SQUISHABLENESS! Banjo and Button are so so cute! I love the pictures you took of them eating. Bunnies are so great! Especially lops. ๐Ÿ˜›
    Topic #5: I love how you give blogs more traffic like that. That blog is amazing! I followed. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Topic #6: I also like the idea of doing your favorite posts. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for mentioning my posts! I’m glad you liked them. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Topic #7: WOW those pictures are incredible! I love the lights in the background! Yay for a new fiddle. ๐Ÿ™‚ (But could it also be a violin? Are they the same thing? I’m confused. XD)
    Topic #8: Nice dramatic story about failing NaNo! But I’m glad you got a good start, even if you didn’t win. And I think “winning” finals is probably the better thing to win. XD Hopefully you can do NaNo successfully next year!
    Topic #9: I’m so happy you get to take pictures at the animal shelter! That’s so great. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you have fun with your new job! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Yay! I’m so glad you like them! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Topic #1: YES it was an amazing surprise! I thought about you while I was there. ๐Ÿ˜› You are missing out on Crowder’s amazingness, Megan. shakes head XD I’m glad you liked the slideshow – and I loved your gift!!
      Topic #2: THANKS! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hehe, nope, you have been blogging for much longer than I have. ๐Ÿ˜› Yep, the something-I-might-be-doing-to-celebrate-it is the thing that you gave me advice for. XD
      Topic #3: Thanks! I like the GIFs too, even though they are quite time-consuming. ๐Ÿ˜›
      Topic #4: I KNOWWW! Hehe, yes, bunnies are amazing, and lops are probably the best kind of bunny. XD
      Topic #5: Yep, it is an amazing blog. I’m glad you followed it!! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Topic #6: Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ And you’re welcome, I loved them!
      Topic #7: Thank you so much! Well, a fiddle and a violin are actually the same thing! It’s just called different things depending on how you play it. If you play classical music, you would call it a violin, and if you play more bluegrass/country-style music, then you would call it a fiddle. Sorry for the confusion! ๐Ÿ˜›
      Topic #8: Thanks! Yeah, I agree about both of those things. XD Yeah, hopefully so!
      Topic #9: Aw, thanks! I’m really excited about it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you for your comment, Megan!

      -Clara โค


      1. Hehe! Maybe someday I’ll like Crowder’s music, but not yet. ๐Ÿ˜›
        Ooh, okay! ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun!
        Yeah, they are really quite helpful. I’m sure they do take a while!
        That makes sense about the fiddle/violin thing. I had actually been wondering about that for a while, so thanks for clearing it up. XD
        You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. Ahh, random posts are the best! I shall try to not make this comment too long, but that may be slightly impossible. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Your photos of the David Crowder concert are amazing! I should check out some of their music. goes to Spotify
    CONGRATS ON 3 YEARS OF BLOGGING! That’s so much dedication. Also, 300 posts, wow! I hope you have many more years of happy blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I loooove the photos of your fiddle! Especially in front of the Christmas tree. I didn’t realize fiddles didn’t have frets, and I think that is so cool.

    Okay, hopefully that wasn’t too confusing with me jumping about to different topics. ๐Ÿ˜‚ To sum it up, fabulous post, Clara!

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    1. Yay, I’m so glad you enjoy them! Haha! XD

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooh yes, you should definitely do that. ๐Ÿ˜›
      THANKS SO MUCH!! โค I hope so, too. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much! Yeah, I agree. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Haha, no, it wasn’t confusing! Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Olivia!

      -Clara โค

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  11. BUNNIES THEY’RE JUST TOO CUTE!! That’s so cool that the animal shelter wants you to come back! Your fiddle is beautiful. Maybe you could name it Kyra or Jo? I dunno, haha. ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved this post, Clara.

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  12. Happy birthday to your blog! And it’s right next to yours too. Ooh, thank you for the gif tutorial! Your fiddle is gorgeous. AH, that’s so exciting that you’re going to take pictures at the animal shelter!!

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  13. Dude can I just say your concert photos are A+ ๐Ÿ‘ I don’t know how you did that XDD Happy late birthday and happy blogging anniversary! I think my favorite topic was #7 because FIDDLE BOKEH.

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  14. Happy (majorly late) birthday, Clara!! I’m sorry to have missed it, but I hope it was a great time! ๐Ÿ™‚
    And also, congrats on your three year blogiversary! That’s an awesomely huge accomplishment!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Oh my gosh, that photography thing for the shelter sounds so cool! That’s really awesome that you can help out like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Helllloooo!! This is my first time o your blog and I in a dramatic song voice LOoOOoVve it! Your bunnies are adorable. chubby. I love it. (Ha) Congratulations on 3/300!! I just made 3 months(;

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    1. Hello! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Haha, our bunnies are very adorable! Thank you for checking out my blog and commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚ And congrats on 3 months of blogging, that’s awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

      -Clara โค

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  16. Those are really neat pics! I love your random posts! XD ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your bunnies are ADORABLE!! I love the violin pictures too!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ As did my violin playing sister! ๐Ÿ˜‰ XD Those are awesome!!! I loved all the rest of the pictures too!!!!!

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