Makers for Grenfell: Raffle Winners Announced…!!!

Makers for Grenfell - Raffle WinnersVery quick post from me this morning as we are busy here packing to move house. (Did I mention we’re on the move?)

But, before I get cracking on that, we have the small matter of announcing the winners of the 31 amazing prizes (!) on offer in the Makers for Grenfell raffle. Over 700 tickets (!) were sold raising over £3.5k with the total raised having now surpassed our target of £5k.  The JustGiving page will remain open for donations until the end of August as will the Instagram destash account. (So if you have stuff to sell in aid of Makers for Grenfell, hurry, hurry , hurry!)

But without further ado here are the winning tickets (yep we did a proper draw and everything!):Makers for Grenfell - Raffle Winners

If you see your name in there, head over to the prize post, pick one (or two if you’re one of the lucky ones that had 2 tickets pulled out!) then email me as quick as you can on portia@makery.co.uk to let me know which one you want!  Prizes will  be allocated (ie winners will get to choose) on a first come, first serve basis. If after 7 days, no contact has been received, then another ticket will be drawn until all prizes have been allocated.

Thank you to everyone that supported the raffle. From providing prizes, to spreading the word, to buying tickets. What a community we have 🙂

I’ll be winding the fundraising up at the end of this month. Until then, here are a few ways we could add to our total:

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Most of us have a few things in our stash that we will never use. So I have set up an Instagram account where anyone can go & post photos of their unwanted sewing/knitting/ craft related or handmade items. You then simply state how much you would like the “buyer” to donate to “purchase” the item. They donate directly to the dedicated Just Giving Page and you sort out postage etc between you. If you want to get involved and sell your unwanted stash, then DM me over on Instagram, either to @portialawrie or @makersforgrenfell and I’ll give you the login deets! But be quick as I will be closing this account at the end of the month.

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Of course if you have nothing to sell but are in the market to buy sewing goodies, then make sure to follow @makersforgrenfell to stay up to date with new items being loaded. But be quick as items sell very quickly. So would recommend turning on post notifications for @makersforgrenfell on IG so you get notified as soon as someone posts. The goodies have not been hanging around for long. When you view the site, it may look full….but that is because posts will eventually get deleted once the transaction is complete. So don’t be fooled if you only see a handful of items 😉

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Organise a craft jumble, a stitch and bitch coffee morning, a fabric swap, a raffle of your own, an auction. There are all manner of fundraising possibilities that you can organise independently, either online or in your local area and donate the proceeds to Makers for Grenfell. If you want to let me know about an event then email me at portia@makery.co.uk  or tag me in social media and I’ll do my best to help you spread the word

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A couple of businesses have already designated a “Makers for Grenfell Day” where a percentage of all sales on that day has been donated to Makers for Grenfell. It needn’t be all sales. Maybe sales of a particular type of product would be a better fit. And please don’t worry that it may be viewed as opportunistic self promotion. I know some businesses worry about this. At the end of the day it’s a good cause. That’s really all that matters. If you want to let me know about an “Makers for Grenfell Day” or something else you have planned. then email me at portia@makery.co.uk  or tag me in social media and I’ll do my best to help you spread the word.

Massive thanks and well done you lot! Will keep you posted as to where the final amount will be donated to.

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The Refashioners 2017: Blogger line up revealed…!!!

Announcing The Refashioners 2017!!!

So this is it! The countdown has begun once again people!!! For the entire MONTH of September (launches Fri 1st Sept) this blog will again play host to an awesome line up of makers ready to take on The Refashioners challenge!! What’s more, you can take part too and be in with a chance of winning a FANTASTIC prize. Your part of this challenge runs from the start of September right through until the end of October! More deets on that and how to enter in a future post coming soon. So stay tuned for that!)

For those of you unfamiliar with the challenge, (this is the 5th series) participants are challenged to refashion a garment for your delight and inspiration,  basically to highlight how cool, creative and ecologically and ethically sound refashioning old garments actually is. The kicker is, they don’t get to decide what that garment is. (insert evil laugh here) This year we’re tackling old suits. Yep, The Refashioners is all about all those unloved and out of style suits (think 80’s double breasted and you’re there)  languishing in wardrobes and charity shops everywhere, and showcasing some inspirational ways to reuse, rework, and reimagine the classic 2 piece suit. You can take a little peak at what we hope to achieve this year over on our dedicated pinterest board.

So without further ado and with mucho excitement, I am chuffed to pieces to  announce this years STELLAR line up!!!!

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Beth Wood: Knitter. Dressmaker. Pattern designer. Art Director & Graphic Designer.  Blogger. I was fortunate to have the opportunity of hanging out with Beth when she was over in the UK last summer. A nicer lady you could not meet. You can find Beth on Instagram or via her site

Liz Bryson: Prolific and long time refashioner, stitcher and blogger. Liz’s blog is one of the very first I discovered back in the day and her refashions are always inspiring and always stylish. I think she must’ve finally forgiven me for the pair of leather trousers I made her refashion for our 2013 series (!) and she’s back again this year! Whoop! You can find Liz on Instagram and via her site

Joost de Cock: If you followed last year’s series then you were likely as blown away by Joost’s contribution as the rest of us. This guy is a bona fide genius. Stitcher. Shoemaker. Designer & coding genius behind makemypattern.com (soon to be freesewing.org). Fierce admiration for this guy. You can find Joost on Instagram or via his site.

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Gabby Young: Stitcher. Knitter. Vlogger and Singer. My goodness what a voice too. (Seriously). On top of that the most infectiously upbeat and uplifting person you are likely to meet. Fact. You can find Gabby on Instagram or via her channel or music site

Elena Rosa Brown: Stalked this lady quietly for a while on IG, exchanging likes and the odd comment on each other’s posts. I love Elena’s pared back, laid back style and mindful approach to making. You can find Elena on Instagram or via her blog.

Sasha Werner: Knitter. Dressmaker. Pattern designer. Weaver. Photographer. Blogger. Basically, endlessly creative and talented. And did I mention stylish?? Like….ridiculously stylish.  Like….even in pyjamas. You can find Sasha on Instagram or via her site.

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Heather Lou: Prolific designer, maker, educator and founder of Closet Case Patterns. Probably single handedly responsible for making us all realise we CAN actually sew our own jeans. Dog Lover. Currently washing her dishes in her bathtub while she renovates her kitchen. And learns French. And runs her business.   You can find Heather Lou on Instagram or via her site

Emily Tan: Dressmaker. Pattern hacker. Blogger. Dentist. (yep, dentist). Pink hair dabbler and winner of Simplicity’s Sewing Challenge Best Blogger 2016  You can find Emily on Instagram or via her site.

Laura Huhta: One half of the Uber stylish Finnish clothing and pattern line, along with her sister Saara. Named clothing have been  long time supporters of The Refashioners behind the scenes.  This year Laura (on the right)  is taking up the challenge herself! So excited! You can find Laura (& Saara) on Instagram or via their site

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Claire Louise Hardie: Costume designer, teacher, sewing producer on The Great British Sewing Bee and author of The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric. And as well as running her busy North London studio, currently undertaking her Masters Degree at The London College of Fashion. Phew!   You can find Claire-Louise on Instagram or via her site

Allie Olsen: Pattern designer and founder of indie pattern marketplace Indiesew. (Love the concept and community element behind Indiesew) Dog lover. Edible gardener. DIY enthusiast.  You can find Allie on Instagram or via her site

Rachel Pinheiro: What can I say about this lady. Tall. Brazillian. Gorgeous. Prolific (and highly skilled)  sewer. Bundle of joyful enthusiasm and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  You can find Rachel on Instagram or via her blog

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Jasika Nicole: Actor, artist, maker. Peanut butter obsessive (oh I hear ya!) Honestly, stitching aside (also awesome), you HAVE to check out this artwork. LOVE.  You can find Jasika on Instagram or via her blog.

Rachel Walker: One half of sewing community hub The Fold Line.  Along with partner in crime Kate, they bring you news and views on all things sewing from all across the online sewing community. If it’s happening, they know about it. You can find Rachel (and Kate) on instagram or via their site.

Selmin Ermis-Krohs: Runner up in last year’s community challenge. I’m still a little (a lot) in love with that denim sweatshirt!  You can find Selmin on Instagram or via her blog

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Wendy Ward: Prolific author, teacher and pattern designer. Dog lover. Trumpet player. I often call Wendy “the angel on my shoulder” when it comes to doing things properly! You can find Wendy on Instagram or via her website

Estelle Alty:   Who can forget last year’s winner Estelle?! Yep, that’s the dress there that won it. Blown. Away. Can’t wait to see her flex that awesome creativity on this year’s challenge! You can find Estelle on Instagram or over on her blog

Andre Myles: Hairdresser, tap dancing teacher and self taught stitcher. He may have only started sewing in 2014, but here’s a natural talent if ever I saw one! You can find Andrew on Instagram or via his blog

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Elisalex de Castro Peake: Designer and Co-founder of the By Hand London pattern line and all round gorgeous and talented individual. You can find Elisalex: via you tube, Instagram or via http://byhandlondon.com/pages/about-us

Ute Strampfer: Lover of all things linen. Knitter. Stitcher. All round creative. Berlin dweller. Daily walk enthusiast. Soon to be Etsy seller I hear? Keep an eye on Ute on Instagram and Kollabora.

Me:   Hiya! This is me! Stitcher. Blogger. Coffee drinker. Creator of this here little series. You can find me on Instagram or here on my blog.

So what say you? September & October are gonna be pretty awesome right??!!! Get rummaging through your wardrobes and local charity shops.  Have your old suits at the ready. This is gonna  be SERIOUSLY good!

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  • use the following hashtags on social media:  #therefashioners2017 #suitsyou
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Raffle Update – ***new prize added!***

If you haven’t purchased a Makers for Grenfell raffle ticket yet, perhaps this will tempt you!

H Class 100Q_3

HUSQVARNA VIKING® have seen our fundraiser, been in touch and very generously added this The new H|CLASS™ 100Q sewing machine to the prize package! Whoop!

  • Computerised Sewing Machine – Computer functions save time and make sewing easy. The ideal stitch settings are set automatically and can be adjusted for special techniques.
  • Compact and Lightweight – 7kg (15 lbs). Perfect for taking to classes and for travel.
  • 20 quilting, utility and decorative stitches, including two one-step buttonholes for all your creative projects. Adjust stitch width up to 7mm.
  • Start / Stop Button, slide speed control, needle up / down postition selection
  • Top loading bobbin. Hard cover.

You can find more about the machine here and how to purchase tickets at the end of this post.

NB: Due to warranty restrictions this prize is for UK residents only

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Makers for Grenfell – Destash or Donate & Win Fantastic Sewing Prizes!

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It’s not overstating to say the past few months here in the UK have been crappy. Crappy is too lightweight a word really. (But I don’t want to unleash the vocabulary I would really like to use) Terrorist attacks. A country seemingly more divided than ever over social injustice and inequality and racial division. And then there was Grenfell. A tragedy so unfathomable, so incomprehensible, so heartbreaking, that I think it sucked the air out of most of us. I know I’m not alone in saying, I have shed tears. Felt helpless. Sat there with my head in my hands, staring in disbelief at what was unfolding on our screens. Not just Grenfell but the tragedies that went before it. The Queen described it as a “sombre mood, pervading our nation”. But it’s more than that. It’s sadness and anger and helplessness. My absence from this blog of late is no coincidence. I haven’t had the heart to talk to you about sewing.  I’ve barely sewn. It’s just seemed a bit….pointless. Insignificant. I’ve felt beaten down by all this death and tragedy.

But at some point a few weeks ago I realised that I was allowing the “bad stuff” to win. That we don’t overcome by curling up into a ball. We overcome by reaching out and pulling together. That’s the one positive that’s come out of the past few weeks. It’s the shining example of communities reaching out and pulling together. THEY are the many. WE are the many. The rest are the few.

So I decided to channel that sadness and anger and helplessness, into something a little more positive. A few weeks ago I launched a fundraising initiative over on Instagram called Makers for Grenfell. I hold this sewing community of ours in such esteem and I thought, there is something here that we can do. So I put a call out on IG…..and people responded.  Sewists and businesses alike responded. And so far we have raised just over £1200. A drop in the ocean some might say. But the ocean is made of many drops. And we’re not done yet anyway 😉

So today I wanted to share with you a number of ways you can get involved, if you feel moved to do so. The bonus is, there is sewing loveliness involved in this fundraising effort!  So without further ado, here’s what you can do….

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The generosity of the businesses in our sewing community has been heartwarming. When I put the call out for some prizes for a fundraising raffle I was inundated with offers of help. Between us we have managed to put together a selection of prizes worth well in excess of £2k. Including some money can’t buy experiences not to be found elsewhere! Tickets cost £5 and details of how to purchase are at the end of this prize list. But in the meantime….take a look at what you could win! (btw….make sure you scroll all the way;))

Fabric Godmother has donated 2 prizes. A £50 voucher to spend online and an amazing “Day Out” package of goodies as follows:

2 x Entry tickets for the Handmade fair at Hampton court palace (must be available 15th-17th Sept does not include transport or accommodation)
Face to face style consultation with the Fabric Godmother including a bottle of Prosecco (or mocktail, to be done at the Handmade fair)
£50 gift voucher for Fabric Godmother to spend at the Handmade Fair. Overall value approx £250.

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GBSB Live have kindly donated 5  x pairs of tickets (worth £33 a pair) to their exciting new event launching in London’s Excel Centre on 21st – 24th September. (Tickets are for Thursday or Friday only. 5 winners will each receive a pair of tickets).

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Named Clothing have donated a bundle of 3 patterns worth £30. Winner will receive a pdf copy of Reeta Midi Shirt Dress, Ansa Butterfly Sleeve Dress & Top and Ninni Elastic Waist CulottesMakers4Grenfell - Named Clothing

 

Elisalex of By Hand London is inviting you into her haven! Learn the basics of dressmaking with a one-on-one intensive three hour session with cofounder and Head of Design at By Hand London sewing patterns, in her own home studio. The class will be curated specifically according to your skill level and what you want to learn or improve on. And as an added bonus, you will leave the class with your choice of three By Hand London patterns to keep you going! This workshop is based in London, NW10. Approx value £140. (Fabric not included).http://www.makery.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Makers4Grenfell-Elisalex.jpg

 

The Fold Line are also offering 2 prizes. 1 winner will receive a half an hour social media coaching session via Skype with Kate Underdown from The Fold Line. Kate will answer your questions and share lots of tips on how to grow your online community. Approx vlue £100.

1 winner will receive copies of both the Parker and Billie Collection sewing patterns worth £25 from Tribe PatternsMakers4Grenfell - The Fold Line

 

New Craft House are offering an exclusive 1 2 1 prize worth £200: Learn to make your own bra with Hannah and Rosie from The New Craft House. In the session you’ll get hands on tuition and learn all of the bra making basics, including fitting, cutting and sewing up your bra. You’ll be able to pick from a few bra patterns and styles and have your pick of Rosie and Hannah’s lace stash! The class will take place in The New Craft House’s studio, just behind Broadway Market in East London and will take 4-5 hours. Exactly date and times to be confirmed with the winner.Makers4Grenfell - New Craft House

 

Wendy Ward is donating one of her fabulous Fulwood Dress Kits woth £65 which includes:

  • a copy of the printed paper version of the Fulwood Dress pattern (which can be re-used to make more dresses!)
  • over 2.5m of a beautiful quality medium weight cotton denim fabric in a choice of 2 shades to make one dress
  • a reel of matching colour Gutermann polyester sewing thread

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Cocowawa Crafts have gifted a bundle worth over £50 that includes the following:

3 balls of jersey yarn, 1 x Lily Dress and Blouse pdf pattern. 1 x Marshmallow Dress physical pattern. 1 x Mini Marshmallow Dress pdf pattern.Makers4Grenfell - Cocowa Crafts

 

Girl Charlee have also been amazingly generous with this fabric bundle worth approx £150!Makers4Grenfell - Girl Charlee

 

Minerva Crafts too with this bundle worth around £200 (this is not even all of it!)Makers4Grenfell - Minerva Crafts

 

Cotton Reel Studio have donated a £50 voucher to spend online…Makers4Grenfell - Cotton Reel Studio

 

Sew Hayley Jane have donated a “Super Stash Box” worth approx £50, packed with sewing and haberdashery goodies. (photos are for illustrative purposes. Actual contents may vary as each box is unique)Makers4Grenfell - Sew Hayley Jane

 

Love Sewing have donated a bundle of 6 sewing patterns as follows :B5988 sizes 8-16; K3955 sizes xs-xl ; M7094 sizes 4-26;  B6178 sizes 6-22;  M7533 sizes 8-24; M7536 sizes 6-22…..as well as a copy of Matt Chappel’s book Makeit, Own it, Love it. Total value over £70.Makers4Grenfell - Love Sewing - Pattern Bundle

 

Makers4Grenfell - Love Sewing - Matt Chapple Book

 

Village Haberdashery have offered this Rifle Paper Co Fat Quarter bundle worth £80. This bundle contains fat quarters of all 21 quilting cottons (including 10 metallic prints) in the Wonderland collection.Makers4Grenfell - Village Haberdashery

 

Cico Books have donated this phenomenal bundle of 6 book titles (as pictured) worth around £100!Makers4Grenfell - Cico Books

 

Beyond Measure is donating this amazing collection of luxury Hiroshima needles and pins worth £39. (I can attest….these are gorgeous!)Makers4Grenfell - Beyond Measure

 

Simply Sewing are generously donating a 1 year subscription worth £77Makers4Grenfell - Simply Sewing

 

Cloth & Candy have donated 3 FQ bundles as pictured worth £30…Makers4Grenfell - Cloth and Candy

 

Suzy Magazine have donated three, year long subscriptions to Suzy. (Please note, these are UK only prizes. ) That is a total of four issues per winner at a value of £40. Suzy magazine is an independent sewing magazine for fashion forward sewists. This keepsake magazine is your perfect sewing table companion, full of dressmaking inspiration, glimpses behind the scenes of sewing businesses, chats with your favourite sewing bloggers and a gorgeous editorial fashion spread of handmade clothing you can make yourself.Makers4Grenfell - Suzy Magazine

 

Sew Essential have done exactly what it says in the picture 😉

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And last but not least, rounding up this epic list of prizes…

Claire-Louise Hardie is offering up her time to one lucky winner  with a full day 121 session at her North london sewing studio. AKA The Thrifty Stitcher-Sewing Producer for the Bee! If you can’t make it to london, then the session can also be taken via Skype! This 121 session is worth £170, and you’ll not only get expert sewing advice, but insider stories from “the bee” and a life lived backstage. 121 sewing sessions allow you to tailor your learning to exactly what you want or need. No dressmaking problem is too hard!  Originally trained as a Costume Designer at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Claire-Louise has worked in all aspects of Costume for Theatre, Film and TV with an impressive CV of employers that includes-

The RSC:The Royal National Theatre:Regent’s Park open air Theatre and “The Audience” with Dame Helen Mirren.
Her diverse professional experience made her the perfect candidate for the role of Sewing Producer for TV’s “Great British Sewing Bee“ A role she’s done since 2012 when the show was first developed.In her spare time Claire-louise is undertaking a Masters Degree at London College of Fashion!Makers4Grenfell - Claire-Louise-profile #2

 

How about that then people? Is that not a sewing raffle on steroids?!!! If you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these fabulous prizes then you’ll need to buy a ticket! Here’s how:

  1. Head over to the Makers for Grenfell page on Just giving here.
  2. Donate the £5 cost of a ticket (by all means buy more than one!)
  3. In the section that says leave a message of support type “Raffle” followed by your full name.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RAFFLE IS NOW CLOSED.  ANY TICKETS PURCHASED NOW WILL NOT BE ADDED INTO THE DRAW BUT THE PAGE IS STILL OPEN FOR STRAIGHTFORWARD DONATIONS***

Raffle will be drawn on 5th August 2017. Winners will be announced on this blog and prizes will then be allocated (ie winners will get to choose) on a first come, first serve basis. If after 7 days, no contact has been received, then another ticket will be drawn until all prizes have been allocated. You can subscribe to this blog by email to ensure you get notification of when the winners are announced. Or keep an eye out on my social media accounts.

But…..that’s not the only way to get involved! Here are some more…

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Most of us have a few things in our stash that we will never use. So I have set up an Instagram account where anyone can go & post photos of their unwanted sewing/knitting/ craft related or handmade items. You then simply state how much you would like the “buyer” to donate to “purchase” the item. They donate directly to the dedicated Just Giving Page and you sort out postage etc between you. If you want to get involved and sell your unwanted stash, then DM me over on Instagram, either to @portialawrie or @makersforgrenfell and I’ll give you the login deets!

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Of course if you have nothing to sell but are in the market to buy sewing goodies, then make sure to follow @makersforgrenfell to stay up to date with new items being loaded. But be quick as items sell very quickly. So would recommend turning on post notifications for @makersforgrenfell on IG so you get notified as soon as someone posts. The goodies have not been hanging around for long. When you view the site, it may look full….but that is because posts will eventually get deleted once the transaction is complete. So don’t be fooled if you only see a handful of items 😉

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Organise a craft jumble, a stitch and bitch coffee morning, a fabric swap, a raffle of your own, an auction. There are all manner of fundraising possibilities that you can organise independently, either online or in your local area and donate the proceeds to Makers for Grenfell. If you want to let me know about an event then email me at portia@makery.co.uk  or tag me in social media and I’ll do my best to help you spread the word

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A couple of businesses have already designated a “Makers for Grenfell Day” where a percentage of all sales on that day has been donated to Makers for Grenfell. It needn’t be all sales. Maybe sales of a particular type of product would be a better fit. And please don’t worry that it may be viewed as opportunistic self promotion. I know some businesses worry about this. At the end of the day it’s a good cause. That’s really all that matters. If you want to let me know about an “Makers for Grenfell Day” or something else you have planned. then email me at portia@makery.co.uk  or tag me in social media and I’ll do my best to help you spread the word.

And last but not least….makers4grenfell

I rarely ask people to share and tag and all that jazz. But we all know how massive and awesome our online sewing community is. This blog, and me, is just one teeny tiny part of that. I can only do so much as one person. My reach is limited. But as a community we can do so much more. When we reach out and pull together. I’ve done what I can to get the ball rolling on this.   Now I’m passing the baton to you.  Let’s see what we’re capable of.

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