2010/10/29

My Wednesday, Part II









I miss Berlin. There is a reason I studied German like a freak in my teenage years, I always wanted to live there.

So, some great, greater, the greatest news:
We're finally moving away from Sweden after talking about it for years.
The reason why we were in Berlin earlier this week was because Johan went to some job interviews. They were all positive but he hasn't got a job yet (but a very nice recruiter/agent!). If you know someone in Berlin who needs help at their design company, in a café, in a bar, in a shop or in almost any kind of place - Johan is available from December 1.

We also search for an apartment, which isn't hard, but finding an apartment in Gothenburg is super hard, so if you have a wonderful place (altbau, 2-3 rooms, 70+ sqm, bathtub, balcony, top floor, wooden floors, warmmiete preferably not over €700, KEIN WG) in Berlin (Prenzlberg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Neukölln or something similar) and want to move to Gothenburg, we could do a swap - This is what we have to offer, 34 sqm (hall, toilet + shower, kitchen (einbau), livingroom + laundry room and one big and one small storing room in the basement) in Majorna - the bohemian arty very nice neighbourhood in Gothenburg. The rent (warmmiete) is €350 and all the rooms except the toilet + shower have white wooden floors.

I'll be back about this again :)

Update: We will not sublet our Gothenburg apartment and it's unfortunately not possible for us to decide who can rent it after us, our landlord has a long list of people wanting it already.

Most important for us is for Johan to find a job. The apartment hunt is going quite well, but IF someone needs an apartment in Gothenburg (and has an apartment in Berlin for us) we can offer this one :)

The pictures of me are taken by Johan

92 comments:

  1. wwhoooohooo! what a great news! I am so happy for you. And happy for us readers; Berlin photos infinity :)

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  2. Wohooo - congrats! So happy for you :)

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  3. ah - now I got it.
    then welcome to the city!!! you certainly will not regret this decision. but be prepared for a strong winter. the last one was extremely long and cold.

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  4. Hi Sandra! Hi Johan!

    Super exciting news :) Can't wait to hear/see all about it, woot!

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  5. (: how exciting, berlin is such a great city! your new haircut + glasses work together beautifully!

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  6. ana > oh thank you! you are so right!
    Kasa > thanks!!
    dorit > the winters are worse in gothenburg, so i'm not worried (i grew up close to the arctic circle, so i'm used to long, cold, dark winters) :) thank you! vielen dank :)
    Spin Spin > you must come visit us!
    pia: thank you!

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  7. wooow !!!!!!! Wish you all the best in Berlin !

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  8. Ah ! Such good news ! Fingers crossed !
    Would be awesome to have you in Berlin, endless Berlin atmosphere here... ;-)

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  9. Congratulations! Although I am really going to miss all your pictures of Gothenburg. Would actually love to live there. But wilkommen in Berlin.... hoffentlich bald. :)

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  10. oh! what a exciting news!
    my best friend lives in berlin and she loves the city, i'm looking forward to go to visit.
    wish you luck with the apartment search :D

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  11. Funny how people change their places. Wish you all the best in Berlin. I love Gothenburg so I will miss pictures, too. :)

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  12. Oj, vad spännande :) Ni är modiga!

    Ps. kommer dock sakna dina fina foton på stan.

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  13. Maria > thank you!
    Marion > yes, and it will be so great!
    lillemus > oh danke!
    zit > hope you'll be able to go soon!
    allesistgut > thank you so much! don't know if anyone has noticed it, but i haven't liked living here in quite some time so there haven't been many gothenburg pictures lately, it feels like i've taken a picture of everything here already :)
    malin > ja åh det ska bli så kul!

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  14. That's such lovely news! I was wondering if you'd guys every move. Welcome, already. :)

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  15. I love the photos. I have always wanted to go to Berlin. We visited Germany this summer but didn't make it. Some day

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  16. So exciting!! Have fun with all this!! :)

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  17. Congratulations Sandra!! I'm so happy that you are following your heart finally.
    I have thought about moving to Berlin for a long time as well, it is such a fantastic city. I have visited many times and have always loved it.
    I really recommend a pizza place called DUE FORNI in prenzlauer berg. The pizzas there are to die for, you have to try it.
    My biggest dream is to move to New York - a dream which may come true some time next year I hope
    xoxo

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  18. Luisa > thank you so much, we should have some food together when i'm settled! :)
    Kerry Hawkins > some day! hope it'll be soon for you!
    Rynke > i (we) will! :)
    Anna Higgie > thank you! oh i'm crossing my fingers for you, i'd love to live in NY one day too! (due forni - i got food poisoned there, but had their pizza again anyway ;))

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  19. i'm happy for you, this is so good - it's my dream too to move to berlin someday. looking forward to you sharing this experience!

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  20. I also miss Berlin ! Your pictures are ALWAYS beautiful ! Good news for the move in Berlin !

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  21. åh vad spännande! jag är avundsjuk, jag vill också bo i berlin någon gång. lycka till med allt, ser fram emot att få följa med genom bloggen. nu får du ju många tillfällen att försöka smyga in i spreepark också :)

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  22. Haha, om jag inte varit så ivrig att kommentera hade jag ju fått svaren direkt. Men min gissning var inte helt galen. GRATTIS!! Låter som om det kommer bli hur bra som helst.

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  23. Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations! I see now that you hinted at it in an earlier post, but sometimes I'm not so observant. :)

    I am very excited for both of you and can't wait for you to get there! This is going to be great!

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  24. Wow, congratulations!
    And good luck.
    :-)

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  25. hey sandra and johan! trööööööt! these are such great news!! i hope you will find a nice apartment in berlin soon! good luck! #lea

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  26. It's wonderful to hear that you're finally making your dream come true. Good for you! Best of luck to both of you in your apartment search, and to Johan for his job hunt.
    (I love the cloes-up of you taken by Johan!)

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  27. This is finally happening!! Oh, i'm so so so glad for you :) Such a nice way to finish the year :)

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  28. I'm crossing my fingers that Johann gets a job!! I have been to Berlin twice and it is one of my most favorite places in all the world!! Seeing your photos of it is like being on vacation!! Best of luck to you both, I can't wait to see what happens!

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  29. How exciting to hear this, sandra!
    Wish you both the best of luck in Berlin. Be happy.

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  30. Wow, congratulations!! Berlin is the perfect place for you!

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  31. Hej Sandra, grattis! Jag är en läsare bosatt i Berlin - kan jag maila dig tips?

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  32. Sandra,
    You inspire me over and over and always in different ways.
    Viel Glueck in Berlin!

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  33. Great news Sandra! I can't wait to see little pieces of your new life in Berlin! Good luck with your search and have a lovely evening :)

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  34. jana > oh i hope you'll be able to too!
    Marie > so glad to hear!
    HILDA > flytta du också! :) så kan vi klättra över staket ihop!
    Saga > hehe! tack!
    Samantha > i don't think anyone understood, i didn't want to talk about it too much :) thank you!!
    Diana > thanks!
    Lea > takk!!
    Deleilan > thank you, the hardest part is to find a job it seems, let's all cross our fingers!
    Alessandra > yes, finally! i'm so excited!
    julie > you're going to get even more pictures in the future :)
    Karen > thank you!!
    Laura > oh i hope so, it always feels like home being there and we have always ended up saying "why go to gothenburg, berlin is home!"
    Eva > javisst, det skulle vara jättekul! du kan maila mig här: http://sandrajuto.bigcartel.com/contact
    nina > i'm so amazed to hear, vielen vielen dank! <3
    Flora > i'm so glad to hear! happy evening to you too!

    cheers all!

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  35. Exciting! I love Berlin too and go there every year.

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  36. best of luck! seeing all the photos of your current apt makes me wish badly i wasn't living in suburbia h.e.l.l.

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  37. oh wow! congratulations! I did the same thing more than a year ago and haven't regretted moving to Berlin a single bit!

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  38. Yay!!! Superduper! Now you have to use words like "knorke", "astrein" and "Stulle" all the time :D.

    ... been wondering what the good news were earlier this week, now I know!

    ... crossing the fingers for Johan to find a job. Don't know if he thought about being selbstständig? I'm planning to do it, so I could be a helpful Ansprechpartner (yes, slowly changing into your new language, haha :D).

    Maybe the chance to have dinner together! Would love to meet you two in person sometime soon.

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  39. Congratulations! Berlin is such an amazing city. I can't wait to see it through your eyes daily.

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  40. congratulations and I hope things go smoothly You have never looked lovelier-beret, hair, scarf, et al.. you are ready for the next big thing

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  41. How exciting news!
    Congratulations!

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  42. very very welcome to Berlin! I am now living here since two year, never regret the decision to come here... I wish you good luck for finding an apartment, but i think it wouldn't be so difficult. Unfortunately i don`t know someone who will leave his apartment.
    Big compliment for your photos! Many of them (motives) looking so familar to me ;-)

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  43. OMG I wish I lived in Berlin, because I would love to swap my flat with yours in Gothenburg!! I live in France in Strasbourg (not far from the German border, though;))

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  44. This is amazing news!!!!!

    If all goes as planned, I will be moving to the same place in about a year. And where did you find good sushi in Berlin?!

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  45. oh, fantastic news!
    congratulations!

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  46. wie immer: fantastische Fotos uuuund... Willkommen demnächst in Deutschland!

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  47. oh, sandra, ihr übersiedelt in eine der vielseitigsten, unergründbarsten und auch irgendwie großartigsten stadt europas. berlin bleibt kleben, wenn man einmal da war. mir geht es genauso, ich warte schon sehnlichst auf meinen nächsten besuch. alles gute!

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  48. hi wow berlin, thats great!!!
    but why you are not looking for a flat in Wedding? you could have the most amazing apartment there, if you can spent 700,-. and besides that, its a very nice and artsy environment there. a lot of creative people live there and open little shops and stuff. on the other side i can not recommend Neukölln. getting far too crowed with people from abroad who are willing to pay everything and so ruining the prices for everyone. so check out WEDDING.

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  49. That's fantastic Sandra! I'm sure Johan will find a job soon. I have never been to Berlin (hope to get there someday) and I can't wait to see it through your eyes the way I have loved seeing Gothenburg. I also just have to say that the food you photograph always looks SOOO good. I could jump through the screen and eat that sushi, not to mention the cupcake from the previous post.

    Excited to hear more as your adventure unfolds!

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  50. to me "something similiar" doesn't exclude WEDDING :) i'm happy to know of any possibilities, mostly work-wise for johan though, because finding an apartment is so much easier than finding a job. <3 happy weekend all!

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  51. Vi skulle vara interesserade men behöver ändå 3 rum och kök (eller mer). Vad synd! :(

    Vill du trots alltfår besked när vi flyttar ut? Vi bor i en 70 qm Altbau-tvåa i Neukölln med trägolv, badkar, men utan balkong. :)

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  52. grattis sandra och johan! you know, i read the beginning of this post thinking, "she loves it so much, i know she'll move there someday." and then a few minutes later i returned to read the rest of your news, and i was so happy and surprised and ... happy!

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  53. What wonderful news! I can tell by your photos how much you love Berlin, and are creatively inspired there. (A Brooklynite friend of mine recently went to Berlin for a trip and said "How can anyone visit this city and not start scheming a way to live here?!?") Congratulations to you and Johan for making it happen!

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  54. Thats the way. Congratulations!!!!

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  55. congratulations sandra. i'm so excited for you! good luck!

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  56. Great news! Berlin's waiting for you!

    (And I'm thinking of moving to Gothenburg right now, because your apartment is soooo lovely - unfornately, the swedish winter is a little bit too cold for me :( )

    All the best,
    Tatiana.

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  57. på riktigt!! låter ju underbart, vilken lycka för er;) hoppas allt ordanr sig med boendet snart.
    vi ska fira nyår i berlin, stannar där i några dagar. ska bli så kul, jag som aldrig varit där förut!

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  58. :D
    such a great new adventure ahead for you both!
    congratulations and wish you very happy days in berlin!
    it's so funny i was there too early this week, maybe we crossed eachother!

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  59. Oh finally! I had a feeling this piece of news fill come sooner or later :) Congratulations and good luck!

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  60. hi sandra, very exciting news! i will certainly keep my eyes and ears open for jobs. and - just randomly throwing this idea into the round - have you thought about contacting the offices of jeppe hein or olafur eliasson? they both run big studios with quite a number of employees from all kinds of professional backgrounds and countries. you could easily check out their websites.

    good luck and happy weekend!

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  61. How very exciting for you and Johan!!! Congratulations! I'm looking forward to seeing all the photos you'll take of Berlin.

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  62. wow Sandra that's amazing! I'm moving to Berlin later in the year. Let's be BFFs! haha

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  63. Berlin is great!
    Lovely photo of you!
    I want your glasses!

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  64. The greatest! I am so happy for you two:)
    Grattis Good Luck Onnea und Vielen Glück!

    Berlin is a beautiful place, i spent there one month last summer, and i have there many friends, all artists too. It´s a good city for an artist to live, so vivid, multicultural, exciting, always something going on, and never the less- quite cheap.

    Hurrey for you!

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  65. Yay!!!!
    I am so, so excited for you guys!
    Wish you to meet soon your swap chance!!!

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  66. Wow! That is big news! Berlin is happy to welcome you soon :-) I will keep my eyes and ears open for appartments and jobs over here. xx

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  67. jawohl!
    (we are planing to come this summer in Berlin… it would be great to meet you!)

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  68. i absolutely adore your glasses!

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  69. Wow! I want to live in Berlin too... so I can imagine how happy you are :)

    Viel glück!

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  70. If your subletting the GBG apartment for a while...let me know :)

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  71. WOW...wild...exciting...beeeest of luck...Just don´t move the blog...haha

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  72. Haha, it's SO great that you're finally moving to Berlin! I almost stumbled into you two last week when leaving my office in Kreuzberg - brought a smile to my face but I was too shy to talk to you :)
    So good luck with finding a flat in Berlin, it is not THAT easy anymore...

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  73. willkommen in deutschland, ihr beiden!

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  74. Rynke > sorry we're getting rid of it, want to cut with gothenburg in every way :)

    Fräulein Julia > wow how funny! maybe we'll stumble into eachother some other time and then you can yell HALLO SANDRA in my ear :)

    thank you all for being so nice, i LOVE people who can be happy for someone else :)))

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  75. willkommen in Berlin! :-)
    try immobilienscout24.de to find a flat .... i found mine that way ...

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  76. I love your pictures, but to much to choose one to make a comment!!
    Soo. I like your blog and youtr pictures! Good luck!!
    Danielle

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  77. oooooh congratulations, I am so happy for you!
    Berlin is one of my favorite cities!
    It will be so cool to look at all the pictures you'll take when you'll be there!!!

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  78. Yeeeah - you come closer, that's so damn WUNDERVOLL! :-)

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  79. Oh wie wundervoll!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDzEt_dRWqw&feature=related :)

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  80. Hey Sandra!
    Great, great news!

    I usualy don't comment here (too shy, i guess), but i check your blog often and this was something really good to read, cause your love for berlin is easy to see in your pictures!
    I'm living in Berlin since one year now, and so far i'm happy with the decision of moving to the big city!
    Unfortunatly i can not really give you any tips for jobs, but if you're looking for a flat, i suggest checking out a couple of sites:
    http://berlin.de.craigslist.de/
    http://www.wg-gesucht.de/
    http://www.immobilienscout24.de/de/finden/wohnen/index.jsp

    We found our place in craigslist (look also in atelier/studios for artists).
    It's an old fabriketage in Neukölln. Not the most beautiful district to live in Berlin, but i like it anyway. It's also a good think that it's a bit far out from the non-stop party districts like Kreuzberg...
    The main reason why we toke it (this was the first flat we saw in Berlin!), is easy to tell. Huge open space with 130qm, for 700euros all included! It needed some work and renovation, but that was the fun part and exactly what we were looking for.

    So my suggestion is to look out for signs on the street and buildings and maybe go to a few agencies. Another good think is to get the word out and hope that a friend of a friend is looking for someone to move the his/her amazing flat!

    Good luck for you both and all the best in this new adventure!

    Inês

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  81. Sandra! I knew I'd seen this somewhere, maybe it can help while you find something permanent: http://www.urban-apartments.com/berlin/ :)

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  82. ALLTSÅ.
    här händer det grejor och jag fattar fortfarande inte varför din blogg inte funkar i min rss feed. fan!!!! ska du DRAGA från landet mänska. herrejäv. grattis! fattar man ju att berran blir glada då när ni kommer. stor grej! HURR! och snyft. tur att de har nät i berlin med. VÄL?! ;)
    snygga skor där på bild 1. bland allt annat snyggt.

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  83. can't believe the prices in Gothenburg or Berlin. typical Paris apartment 35m2 is rented at about 900-1000 euros. People, you do not really know what paradise you really live in...still cannot believe.....

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  84. I've been waiting for this day since I first discovered your blog. I will think over your questions, & anything else I can do to help, just say! Is Johan still looking for work?

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  85. Sylee > he is! :) thank you!

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  86. I've emailed a few designer friends, let's see what they say!

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  87. Sylee > thank you so much, that is so kind of you!

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