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Good Morning From South Beach

Good Morning!

Look at this view!  Isn't it beautiful! 

It has been a while since I've sat in front of my sewing machine.  With Spring Break and working at a different property, it has been difficult to make time to sew.  I will be back next week with a post.  Happy Friday and have a great weekend.

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