SHAMROCKS, CLOVERS AND LUCK (Feelin Lucky Giveaway Hop)


When I was a kid, I used to hunt for four-leafed clovers in the belief that they brought good luck. I didn’t know then that one was only considered lucky if you found it by accident – the clover was useless if you looked for it on purpose! No wonder I didn’t get the pony I was hoping for….

It’s said that Eve carried a four-leafed clover out of the Garden of Eden (probably figuring that she and Adam were going to need all the help they could get). And the ancient Celts of Wales carried sprigs of clover as a charm against evil spirits. A four-leafed clover worn inside your shoe would lead you to either love or treasure! (If you put one in each shoe, did you find both?)

Druids esteemed the four-leafed clover as a source of protection, because holding one would allow you to see fairies and other supernatural creatures. A salve was sometimes made of four-leafed clovers and applied to the “third eye” area of the forehead, to bring out psychic abilities. Or the clovers might be sewn into a tiny bag and hung around the neck. This would reveal the fairy folk to the wearer – but it would only work once for each clover that was in the bag.

Common White Clover,
Trifolium Repens 
The four-leafed clover is a symbol of good luck in many countries, but is most associated with Ireland. The Irish claim that they have more of them growing there than anywhere else. Maybe, since both the Irish shamrock and four-leafed clovers are said to come from the same plant:  Common White Clover, also known as Dutch clover (Trifolium Repens). That’s right, it’s the same stuff that sometimes takes over the lawn on this side of the Atlantic.  True, there are some potted plants sold around March 17th that claim to be official shamrocks, but they’re usually oxalis or wood sorrel. Pretty, but apparently not brimming with good fortune.

St. Patrick with shamrock
St. Patrick made the shamrock famous by taking an ordinary clover leaf (which has just three leaves normally) and using it as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity which is the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. This is a prime example of Christianity adopting – and changing – the symbols of pagan faiths. The three leaves had previously been known as the three phases of the Goddess – Maiden, Mother and Crone!

So if the three-leafed “shamrock” (clover) came to represent the Christian Trinity, what did the four-leafed clover come to mean? Early Christians saw the four leaves as creating the sign of the cross. Some maintained that the fourth leaf stood for God’s grace and it was a sign of favor if you found one. Others have named the four leaves as Faith, Hope, Love and Luck.

21-leafed clover
So why are there four-leafed clovers when clover naturally has three leaves? Long thought to be a simple plant mutation, scientists have now found a recessive gene for the anomoly. In fact, there are no known limits as to how many leaves a clover can have. According to Guinness, the world record for the most leaves on a clover stem has been held by Shigeo Obara of Japan since 2002 when he discovered a clover with 18 leaves. He bested his record a few years later with a 21-leafed clover. And in 2009, he was credited with finding a clover with no less than 56 leaves!!!

How lucky is a clover with more than four leaves? In Ireland and a few other places, it’s said that it brings nothing but bad luck. In other places, there’s a different meaning for each clover according to leaf number:
     Two-leafed clover = love
     Four-leafed clover = luck 
     Five-leafed clover = attracts wealth
     Six-leafed clover = fame
     Seven-leafed clover = long life

Clovers with more than the standard three leaves are said to be lucky because they’re rare, and estimates place them at about one in 10,000 when naturally grown. They’re not evenly distributed, though – some patches of clover produce many of them (I found dozens in my yard as a kid), and others grow very few of the multi-leafed variety. 

Because the four-leafed clover is such a well-known symbol of good fortune, an entire industry has sprung up around them. You can buy genuine four-leafed clovers pressed between glass, embedded in resin, made into jewelry or just about anything you can think of – and to do it, some horticulturalists have refined the clover plant using the newly-discovered genes. In their specialized plots, four-leafed clovers occur about once in every 41 plants! How much luck these contain, however, is anyone’s guess.

One last word of advice:
  Never iron a four-leafed clover. You don’t want to press your luck! 

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FEELIN LUCKY 

GIVEAWAY HOP


100 BOOK-RELATED BLOGS ARE PARTICIPATING!!! That means lots of FUN and plenty of chances for YOU to WIN! Each blog on the list hosts a giveaway and all hosts are linked up so you can HOP from one blog to another!  (You don't have to visit them all - each has their own giveaway that is separate from all others - but it would be fun to try!)

For my giveaway, I'm offering a signed copy of my shapeshifter romance, CHANGELING DREAM plus a Dani Harper TOTE BAG to put it in!  BTW, although this is a series, each book is designed to stand alone. You don't have to have read the others in order to enjoy this one!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to read my blog and leave a comment.

Congrats to the winner, "DBookWhore"

MANY THANKS to the hosts of this fun and fabulous hop,  I SMELL SHEEP and FICTIONAL CANDY ! Hope you'll visit these terrific review blogs!


HOP LINK: http://www.fictionalcandy.com/2012/01/feelin-lucky-giveaway-hop-sign-ups.html This will get you back to the list of participating blogs.  Happy hopping and good luck!

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114 comments:

  1. Thank you for this giveaway!! Yay 1st post maybe that will be good luck lol! I <3 the cover of that book :) Good luck everyone!!

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  2. Dani, Please enter me into your giveaway. I appreciate it. Jowanna jokestner at yahoo dot com

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  4. Thanks for the giveaway Dani. I've had your books on my TBR list since I first discovered you. Your books sound really interesting & the covers are amazing.
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  5. Such interesting info about the Clovers. Thanks for this opportunity. I loved Changeling Moon and look forward to reading the next 2 books in this series.
    Carol L
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  6. thanks for being part of our blog hop Dani! You always have the best informative and fun posts :)

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  7. ooohh Great giveaway!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed on this one!!

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    1. Congrats! You're the winner of this giveaway! I'll be emailing you shortly.

      :) Dani

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  8. I found clovers as a kid with more than 4 leaves, but I didn't know that they had their own meaning. Thanks for sharing!


    ~Krista
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  9. great post dani! i never new that a clover could have that many leaves

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  10. I loved all the pictures especially the 21 leaf clover.

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  11. a green hop! and great books! thanks for being part of it!

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  12. AWESOME giveaway---and too dang funny, as I am currently reading Changling Moon. You are a new to me author.
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  13. love your last comment about don't iron the clove because you don't want to press your luck...lol!
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    Sharonda

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  14. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Hillary
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  15. My mother told me many years ago that her grandfather, who was ScotIrish, was able to pluck a 4 leaf clover with suprising ease every time they came across a patch of clover. She held him in such awe because of it and thought he was magical. What nice memories.
    Thanks for sharing the blog about clover.
    Kristy Christine
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  16. Thanks for the giveaway. Loved reading all the information on the four leaf clovers.
    Jean
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  17. Thanks for the giveaway You are a new author for me and the book sounds great crystaley73@yahoo.com

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  18. So aren't all four-leaf clover finds accidental regardless whether you look for them? I've only ever found one that I can recall! I never knew they could have more then four leaves though! I did know about St.Patricks use for Shamrocks though cause I'm Irish but I didn't know (or don't remember ever learning) that it used to stand for aspects of the Goddess. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  19. excited about your giveaway! thanks for the chance to win

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  20. Oh, you have no idea how excited I am about the tote bag. I love totes! lol
    Lauren
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  21. Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway

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  23. I wish I was lucky. Let's see if my wish comes true.

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  24. ow awesome giveaway.. thanks for make it internationalll
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  25. Dani, I keep hearing great things about your books!!

    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  26. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  27. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a fantastic prize! <^_^>
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  28. awesome, i just know that if we looked for four-leaf clover on purpose we won't get any luck coming. Hmmm no wonder, i did not get it back then lol. Thank you for the informative infortmation and thank you for the chance to win your book too:). aretha zhen, arethazhenATrocketmailDOTCOM

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  29. I loved your St. Pat's post. I'm hoping for the Luck of the Irish in winning your prize:) LOL I loved the first book!

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  30. Cool Post, I kind of look forward to st. Patricks day as a one day of special luck and wearing a lucky green clover to bring me some luck at least once a year - LOL

    Happy St. Patricks DAy!

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  31. Cool post. I love St Patricks Day and anything Irish. I also used to search for hours for 4-leaf clovers in my backyard. I found one once. I wish did not come true. Rob Lowe never became my boyfriend. (LOL-teenager is the late 80's)
    Thanks for the great giveaway. Would love to win and read your book.
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  32. Thank you for the cool giveaway-fingers crossed I'm lucky! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

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  33. hi dany...
    pls enter me...i wish i win this book and tote bag.
    i like a shamrock coz uniq..

    thanks for the giveaway..

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  34. What a fantastic giveaway! Thank you so much for the invite.

    All my best,

    Kitty

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  35. Love the giveaway!
    Amber
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  36. Hi.. Nice article about clover... Pas.. I only knew that Clover only have 3 or 4 leafs.. Now I know it can be until 21 Leafs.. hahhha

    Thank's for the giveaway... and making it International

    Regards,

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  38. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! your posts are always entertaining :0)
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  39. Awesome four leaf clover info! Thx for the giveaway!
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  40. I loved the tidbits about four leaf clovers. Interesting. So I guess my four leaf clover necklace (forever incased behnd some kind of hard plastic ) won't bring me luck. lol Well, darn.

    Thanks for the chance to win. )

    Karen
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  41. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  42. Fascinating clover lore! I've grown an imposter for the last 16 years according to your research findings. (-; It is pretty though.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.
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  43. I use to love spending hours trying to find four-leaf clovers as a kid, tricky little things to find they are.
    Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  44. Great prizes, Dani. Thanks for the chance to win.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  45. Thanks for the giveaway

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway !!!

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  47. That dog image is the best!!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway! erin(dot)taylor92(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  48. thanks you so much for this international giveaway. i would be very lucky if i win just before my birthday

    all the best

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  49. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  50. Love your series!!!!! *my cousin once found 3 four-leaf clovers in the same area of the lawn....I searched the whole summer and never found any more! Just my luck!

    kristinaparmenter51(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Thanks for the giveaway. I love tote bags and have been wanting to read your series.

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  52. thanks for the giveway... Looking forward to reading your books...

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  53. thanks for the giveaway
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  54. In my life I have accidentally found two four leaf clovers and both times there was no change to my luck so I hold no credence with the superstition any more :(

    ilona
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  55. Dani, I just love the covers on your books, and the cute totes that you have made to go with them. And your wolf trivia that you post - along with all of the research you have done on wolves and weres...I'm so impressed!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway chance and for participating in this hop!

    Gena Robertson
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  56. Oooh how cool is the 21-leafed clover. The biggest I ever found was an 8-leaf clover. I put it in the fridge but that doesn't really work because it just died quicker. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Gabbie-ethela(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  57. Thanks for the chance to win! Love finding new authors!

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  58. Thanks for the giveaway !!! Nice article about clover.

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

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  59. Love your books and i need a new book bag
    audie@wickerness.com

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  60. Dani! Woot! So glad you took part in the hop. I hope whoever wins get a good dose of awesome from you my friend. baaaaa Sheepy love and hugs xoxoxo

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  61. Thanks for the contest!!!

    carol.byles@yahoo.com

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  62. Thanks for the giveaway. 56 leaves in a clover, that is freaking amazing. Love the flower clover image.

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  64. thanks for the giveaway

    hope this month will be my lucky month :)

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  65. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  67. Great post!!!! Great Author!!! GREAT BOOK!!!!!

    Hi Dani,
    Just wanted to stop by and show some love...

    Kelly

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  68. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  69. Hi! Thanks for taking part of this great blog hop! I love everything from Ireland and I remember when I was young, when I found a 4 leafed clover!

    Proserpine

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  70. Yes, I'd love to win this!
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  71. Thank you so much for making international - deanna_boocock (at) hotmail.com

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  72. thanks for the contest

    terrilee.byles@yahoo.com

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  73. Hi Dani! Thank you for joining our hop!

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  74. I love the covers of your Changling books! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. I have this lovely book, but I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful post. I enjoyed it very much :)

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  76. I am enjoying ambling around this blog hop. Thank you for the great prizes you are giving away.
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  77. Thank you for this giveaway :)

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  78. Great Giveaway!
    Thanks!

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    Faye (:

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  79. Thank you for the excellent giveaway.

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  80. I love clover...in fact, I let it take over a section of our yard just so I could sit out there with my kids when they were younger. We'd spend hours hunting for the magical 4-leaf clover. :)
    Thanks for giveaway & for all of the fun clover facts!
    GFC follower: Michelle Harlan

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  81. I have read some of your books and absolutely love them! Haven't read all yet but I'm working on it!! Thanks for the chance to play!
    Louise
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  82. awesome give away ty for the chance


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  83. Wonderful giveaway - Thank you!
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  84. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I love reading your research. :) s(dot)atwood77(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  85. Thanks for giveaway! :)

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  86. What a great giveaway. I've collected all the books in this series except this one so it would be awesome to win it. Thank you

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo.com

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  87. Great giveaway. Thanks for participating in the hop.
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  88. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved Changeling Moon! Can't wait to read this one too!!
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  89. Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy of this book (I don't have it yet).
    June
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  90. Thanks for being on the hop!! I love learning about the different blogs and finding ones new to me.
    Thank
    Mel
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  91. I enjoyed learning all about 4 leaf clovers. I have yet to find one in the wild, but there is always tomorrow.

    Pamela Jo
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  92. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  93. Oh, great giveaway ... I am finding many new authors at add to my TBR list!


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  94. Wow I would love to be entered in this.. I have been e-mailed before but was always unable to blog so kinda sucked excuse my wording lol... but I am excited and so love your Cover page and St.Patrick's day is my 11 year Anniversary so maybe this giveaway will b LUCKY for me lol... I hope u will enter me thanks a million.. and You are an Awesome Author so thanks again for writing awesome stories.... Domoniquehicks@yahoo.com

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  95. Very fun post. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  96. thanks so much for contest

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  97. Thanks for the great giveaway.
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  98. Great giveaway. Love the tote.

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  99. Thanks for the great contest. The story sounds great!

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  100. thanks for the great contest

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  101. Awesome!!! Thanks for participating.

    Tami

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  102. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  103. Thank you for the giveaway. I didn't know all of those facts about clovers, especially that they could have more than four leaves, let alone 50+! Now that is one lucky clover.... or unlucky. :)

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  104. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  105. Interesting reading that was. I googled four leaf clovers years ago and found a website that claims to have them for purchase. *just send a ck or money order in the amount of....* LOL
    Thanks for the chance sweetie...
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  106. I have a few 4 leaf clovers that I found in the backyard of a rental house I lived in several years ago. I saved them in one of my books. It was much fun looking for them.

    Awesome giveaway, thank you!!
    Kelly Ballenger
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  107. Always love reading wolf trivia and interviews....this was a great one also!!! Used to spend hours as a kid searching for four leaf clovers!!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
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  108. What a beautiful post! We believe in Four-leafed clover a lot in Greece.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  109. I LOVE this series...thx for the AWESOME giveaway op! :)

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  110. Wonderful giveaway.
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  111. great giveaway thanks so much

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  112. GREAT CONTEST

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  113. I know this is an old post but I came across it because a friend found an 8 leaf and was so excited about it to only find out there has been nothing but misfortune since she found it. Not a lot of articles out there on the subject of 8 leaves but I did find it interesting the Irish believe anything more than 4 is bad luck...we can fully support that statement!

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