A Range Hood, A Cow Head & Angel Wings

by | Mar 25, 2013 | Kitchen, My House | 104 comments

I’m having one of those days where I feel like I could write about five blog posts.  I just want to chat and tell you what I’ve been up to, what plans I have and some things that are are my mind.  The past few days, I’ve been in much more of a “doing mood” than a “taking-pictures-and-talking-about-it” mood.  And now I feel like chatting, but I don’t have a ton of time to write those five blog posts today.  So, I’m making a note of those things and I’ll share them here and there.

Today, though, I want to share the most exciting thing.  We finished the range hood!!  The counters made a huge difference, but the range hood is definitely the icing on the cake.  It looks so custom and gourmet and high end and all of those things that are desirable in a kitchen.

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I posted this peek of it on my Facebook page yesterday…

 …and had quite the reaction to the cow head.  Some people thought it was a REAL cow head!  Now, I’m not opposed to taxidermy, but I don’t think I would want a stuffed cow head right above my stove.  No, it’s a metal cow head.  Though, I understand that looking up at this while cooking some hamburger meat might be unsettling enough…

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I am a vegetarian and my family doesn’t eat meat at home, so it’s not an issue for me.  The cow and I can be at peace with one another as I’m flipping a black bean burger.

 So, why do I like the cow head?  Despite my denials, I guess I do have a thing for cows.  I don’t want to fill a curio with cow figurines, but I really love my cow paintings.  The cow head ties into that, but it also reminds me of the bullheads hung in European butcher shops.  I grew up in Germany and I tend to sway towards things that remind me of the decor I loved so much as a child.  (My dollhouse was filled with hand painted bauernmalerei beds with red-checked feather deckers.)

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I think I’m going to have a lot of fun decorating the range hood, though.  Sometimes I might put up a platter or tole tray or hang mini-stockings for Christmas or line up some ironstone sugar bowls.  We’ll see.  For now, though, I love the cow head.  Do you think she needs a name?  I’ve decided to name my newest cow Hyacinth.  A reader suggested that and it just stuck in my mind.  So, now I have Eulalie, Adele and Hyacinth.  What shall we call this one?


In other kitchen news, we’re learning how to live with butcher block counters.  So far, they’ve been very durable.  We have gotten a couple of dings and scratches, but that’s going to happen and they don’t look bad.  I do have felt pads on the bottom of things that are regularly on the counters to minimize that…

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We did have a mishap with a plastic shopping bag.  My husband set it on the counter, as one would think it would be okay to do, and the bag stuck to the counter and left a mark and some coloring from the graphic on the bag.  We were both pretty bummed, but it wiped up with mineral spirits and you can’t see a thing.  I imagine that won’t happen once the finish has cured for the full 30 days.  Until then…no plastic bags on the counter!

I’m also still working on organizing the kitchen cabinets.  With the new sink, we had to move the trash from the cabinet under the sink.  The pipes prevent the can from going in all the way.  So, I installed a slide-out trashcan holder in the cabinets next to the fridge.


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…and with the cow head and wreath moved to the range hood, I have a free chalkboard wall.  I’m going to create some kind of butcher shop inspired chalk art, I think.  Again, I don’t know what it is with the whole cow/meat/butcher thing…  I mean, if you take all of the meat out of an old European butcher shop, it’s a pretty amazing looking place – warm woods, beautiful display cases, a chalkboard filled with products and prices, marble tiles…  Are you following me?

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And lastly, I thought I would share another round of freelance projects for HGTV.com that I’ve been working on…  Halloween costumes!  I was really hesitant to take these on, but I found I had agreed to do six of them.  It’s definitely not my forte, but it’s pushed me to be creative in new ways and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it.  I don’t think this will be a regular gig for me, but I’m glad I gave it a try.  Here’s a preview of the feathered wings I made…

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They were definitely my favorite and I must admit that I couldn’t help tying them on.  Since I have boys, I had to “borrow” a girl for the tutus and frilly stuff.  My poor four-year-old boy did have to be a fit model for me, though, and his face was a riot when I was trying to tie a tutu on him.  Just a part of being Miss Mustard Seed’s son.  Poor guy.

A parade of furniture, a cow head staring at you while you’re eating a snack and now tutus.


  1. tricia @ little cottage on the pond

    I love the cow head! I think it adds moovelous charm to the new kitchen 🙂 Question, does your chalk wall make a powdery mess on the floors? We have dark wood floors that show everything, but I still want a chalkboard wall in the kitchen.

    • Miss Mustard Seed

      Yes, it does make a bit of a mess when you do a lot of writing and a lot of erasing. I have a white floor, though, so it doesn’t show as much.

    • MAH

      If you use a damp cloth or sponge that will cut the dust down to almost nothing.

  2. Kathryn

    Love it all– the range hood, and the cow head! I personally think she looks like a “Magnolia” to me (and she’s metal, so that would make her a Steel Magnolia! LOL)

  3. Marian

    Please tell us where that cow’s head may be purchased!

  4. Elsie I

    LOVE Steel Magnolia.

    I’ve always wanted to buy a cow and name her Bluebell……but your cow DEFINITELY looks like a Magnolia.

  5. Little Bit

    Ha ha, that cracks me up… I do eat meat and yet still agree, I would not want a real cow’s head hanging above my stove. ewww! But I love your cow’s head and stove hood! I’m pinning it too. Little Bit

  6. Lynn

    Plastics bags should be kept off of the counters ALWAYS! I had butcher block for years and it happened several times! Just an FYI!

  7. Jessica @ The Junk Nest

    I love love LOVE the new countertops. I WANT!! The cow head and wreath are very unique 😉 Not something you see in ones kitchen normally. Way to go on the creativity!


  8. Diane Wing

    I like the cow too. And the wreath made it look finished. I think she looks like a Daisy!

  9. Sheila Payne/Tattered Goods

    You have some wonderful ideas…I just love the cow head and could see one in my kitchen too. Maybe in your next post you can share with us all where we can get one too. I hope you have a lovely week!


  10. Lorraine@MissFlibbertigibbet

    Everything looks wonderful! Bessie was the name of the Borden milk cow I think. My grandfather and uncle worked for Borden when I was a girl. I can remember them sitting at the table in the morning with their short sleeved white shirts that said Borden…..really early in the morning….that’s when milk was still delivered routinely.
    Angie @ Knick of Time has a great butcher graphic….cows and all the parts I think. Might be too much but you may be able to use parts!

  11. Heidi S

    For your chalkboard wall, what about doing more of a baurenmarkt rather than just the butcher shop? You know, with the paper cones that your items get wrapped in, twine, hanging veggies, wursts, the big metal or wooden scoops, etc?
    PS I totally had the Bodo Hennig line of German Dollhouse furniture growing up- they had the CUTEST market stall with all of this itty bitty accessories, including “glass” apothecary jars and canning jars filled with little goodies, paper tuten, and small brass scales…

  12. Rayna Baker

    German for “cow” is Kuh…so what about Kuhie? Your kitchen looks beautiful. My husband is a butcher and we are both German and I’ve found some lovely items German butcher shop items on Etsy. I also found some vintage German table linens that have German recipes and a Prayer in German on them at a local antinque store. I was going to make accent pillows out of them but then we changed the color theme (the fabric is blue). I’d be more than happy to send you the fabric if you’d like to make pillows from them or a framed hanging, I know you love blue!

  13. Kris

    I have mixed feelings about the cow head, but I do like how it is displayed with the wreath, almost like a “winners circle” wreath at a fancy horse race. I vote Bluebell for the name.

  14. MimiG

    Maybe Junie or Junibell?

  15. Marsha

    How about Beauregard? You could call him Beau for short – all your cows have girl names – this one could be a boy 🙂 – a bull (without horns) lol!

  16. Kathy

    When I was growing up, our milk cow was named Sally Ran. Most of the time, she was just Sally. But affectionately, Sally Ran. It’s funny, but it runs together nicely. How about that?

  17. Dawn B.

    I love the cow head! I, too, am a vegetarian…in large part because of a cow named “Bessie”. My grandfather was a cattle farmer and my dad was raised on the farm. When I was younger, we would take care of our friend’s farm and cattle for 2 weeks each summer. One time they had asked us over for dinner and someone remarked how good “Bessie” tasted. My meat eating declined steadily after that occasion!! I vote to name the cow “Bessie” 🙂

  18. Goedele - Old Red Barn

    If you love to be reminded of your childhood in Germany, you should call your cow ‘Yvonne’. She is a famous German cow!!! Yvonne had a peaceful life. She lived on the land of a mountain farmer in Austria. She was sold to a Bavarian farmer who wanted to slaughter her. She escaped and kept hiding in the woods and got a lot of media attention (2011).

    Isn’t that a remarkable story?

  19. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)

    Marian, I love the cowhead and the wreath is absolutely perfect! I have a thing for boxwood wreaths and it looks so pretty against the brown of the cow and the white range hood. You amaze me with all your creativity! Love the wings!

  20. Monica

    I love your kitchen and your new cow. She looks like a “Sadie” to me 🙂

  21. Cindy

    How about Pearl for the cow? I grew up on a dairy farm and one of our milk cows was named Pearl….she was very calm and kind hearted–for a cow that is!

  22. Diane HIgdon

    I love the cow. Adds some great character to your kitchen. I think it will be a good sourse of a lot of conversations. Your hood looks wonderful. I really think you have done well, but we expect nothing less. 🙂 Way to go girl!

  23. Esther

    That photo of the “fairy girl” is just beautiful. Oh to have the knowledge to take gorgeous photos like that.

  24. Katherine

    I suggest ‘Mineral Dirigible’ for your newest Bovine addition, since for the most part she went over like a lead balloon. I quite enjoyed the hysteria on yesterday’s facebook post. It was pretty hilarious. You could call her ‘Minnie’ for short.

  25. Alison@soiledrotten

    That cow head just makes the whole room!

  26. Lisa Green

    Isn’t this the decor steals cow head? I wish I got it in time when they offered it a few months back 🙁 I believe they offered the wreath too. Now I’m kicking myself in the …. for not getting them when I could have 🙁

  27. Jenn A

    How about Florence for the cow? All your names seem to be a little bit “old-fashioned” and Florence seems to fit right in.

  28. colleen

    wow mms it really pulled together. i have a marble cutting board got from a thrift store for $2.99 some bigger than yours couldn’t resist. the range hood is amazing i love the curve part and the cow looks very good. i agree Magnolia seems fitting 😉

  29. Melissa Linnenburger

    I believe that cow is Buelah Mae. 🙂
    Gorgeous kitchen!

  30. Dana

    I love the counter too and the rangehood and Daisy the cow…..yeah I like Daisy for a name too…lol. I have the same stove 🙂 You are an inspiration to me 🙂

  31. kelly

    i go back and forth over wood counters mostly because of durability. personally, i think wood looks better with some dings and aging, whether it’s floors, countertops or (sometimes) furniture… yours look great.

  32. Ashliegh

    I love that the wall is a chalk board, I used to have one at my house as well. They can be a lot of fun , I would let my friends write stuff on there and draw things. only problem is chalk is very messy .

  33. jackie dezara

    I Have the same cow head. I got mine from decor steals. I named her Ella Blue. People always ask me why a cow head.. I just love it.

  34. Megan Reager

    I’ve always loved the name Maribelle for cows…

  35. Gayle

    With her place of honor over your stove, I think her name is “Julia,” don’t you? Great look.

  36. Shama M

    I am not sure if anyone’s suggested this, but ever since you tossed the thought that you were looking for a name for your new cow, the first two names that popped in my head were Eunice and Eleanor!

  37. Mary Ann

    Looks great, reminds me of fleamarkettrixie’s hood. Nice to have a handy hubby!
    FYI, our black walnut island has Waterlox on it that is about 15 months along, and the plastic items left on it still stick and leave residue. I freaked out the first time…!

  38. Julie Fagundes

    I LOVE your kitchen…the end result is fabulous!!! My husband is a CA dairy farmer…I HAVE to have a cow head in a wreath…where did that cow head come from??

    I just finished your book yesterday. LOVED it! My feelings exactly about our home…not sure I will ever be “done.” But, I definitely can be more content (in ALL areas of my life.)

    Have a great week!

  39. Maybee's Mom

    Love the exhaust fans new home, in an earlier comment I mentioned when I was living at my parents they had a authentic butcher block…..they had a wax they used on it occasionally, it was a matte more than shiny, yours is beautiful hope it, is durable and not like a piece of furniture. Your kitchen is very pretty and hope it is durable, do you still have that lovely green rug??

  40. Pat F.

    I love your kitchen! I was eagerly awaiting your post about your range hood because, that’s exactly where we are stuck. My husband bought the fan insert ( non returnable and attached to some main fan that’s in the attic) and we have been lost as how to fit it into some kind of surround. Could you please tell me what type of wood and thickness you use for your fan? Also, I would love a shot or your insert from below to see how you attached and finished your insert. Really, any details about how you made the hood would be so appreciated! If we could only get this range hood done, I would no longer have ugly electrical wires poking out of my wall! Thanks so much! I’ve loved following your house evolution!

  41. Anna@agoodhome

    I think she looks like a Clementine 🙂

    Also, I sell burlap and linen mini stockings in my Etsy shop and I’d LOVE to make you a set! Let me know if you’d be interested! (That’s the link to my shop above)

  42. Heather Patterson


    I just love your kitchen, keep the pics and tutorials comin’, I need to redo my kitchen, and the inspiration is needed! I love the cow head, I live in the heart of cow country! Oh, one more thing………..I EAT BEEF and I like it 🙂 lol


    • Miss Mustard Seed

      Ha! 🙂 And that’s okay. I’m not offended by meat-eaters at all. I became a vegetarian for health reasons.

  43. Cindy

    The cow head is great! Unexpected and fun and unique! And, i know you must be in hog heaven in your new kitchen all done up. Those countertops are just too fabulous… and the range hood does look so high end! It must be so fun to walk in and say “Wow, this amazing kitchen is actually my very own!”


  44. Dee

    Hey, i so enjoy reading your blog since i recently discovered it. I would be ever so grateful if you could provide source information for that cow head. Wisteria had a similar one some few years ago but I waited too late and it was gone. 🙁

    Thanks for any help you can provide. You may email me if you wish.


    • Sally

      Many compliments on your kitchen. Well done and very classy! So is your bedroom! You are a true inspiration! So now – where did you get the cow head? Definitely a Sally-cow.

  45. Gwen

    I tots knew that wasn’t real!

    I think she looks like a Tulip.

  46. Lynda Dunham-Watkins

    LOVE everything about the kitchen…well, everything you do! Where do you get your boxwood wreath, topiaries? Thinking about making a paper mache cow head…love yours!

  47. Dianne

    Marion, the range hood is amazing! Again, you have such vision. I could never imagine how great it turned out. Love the shelf. You can change it out all year long. I love it and want one too!

  48. Deborah Sedgwick Quiogue

    Love your kitchen. I think your newest addition looks like a Daisy!

  49. Colleen Bloxham

    I love the cow head!! Though I do think you should take it down and sell it to me a perfectly happy, well adjusted carnivore! lol. Anymore where that come from??

  50. Peggy

    Oh you have a Hyacinth now? Have you ever watched the BBC show “Keeping up Appearances”? The main character is Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “bouquet” according to Hyacinth)… in honor of Hyacinth Bucket I do believe you need either Rose, Violet, or Daisy.

    Oh how I miss the old metzgerei! 🙂 Where were you in Germany? We lived in Augsburg and Bamberg…. both in Bavaria (way back in the 70’s before the wall came down….)

  51. Angie W

    Love the range hood. Curious – did you have a microwave there before and if so, where did you put that? And I love the cow! My grandpa was a milker so I grew up around cows. I have seen some really great cow pics that I wanted to buy but just didn’t. I have the rooster thing going on. Might be time for a change!

  52. Lisa

    I love the metal cow! it’s perfect and that kitchen of yours is spectacular!!! LOVE IT!! I think your cow should be called Telullah “Cow” Belle 🙂

  53. nancy from the nati


  54. Laura S.

    Your son may have to try on tutus but he gets to have a cow head in his kitchen, for goodness sakes. There’s trade offs! Lol. Your kitchen has turned out so beautiful!! So happy for you 🙂

  55. Sierra

    Ok, where’d you get the cowhead and the wreath? I want both. I am a meat lover and I would have no problem hanging that in my kitchen! Love everything MMS!

  56. Winnie

    I used to know a cow named Petunia – she was a sweetheart!!

  57. Jill Cooper

    Love the range hood and the decorations. For some reason I think the cow head looks like a boy rather than a girl – although how I can tell that I have NO idea! LOLOLOL As for a name – maybe Agnus?

  58. Lahna Wheeler

    Fraulein? (Is she single?) Tulip? Just another flower name, but any good female German name would work. Fraulein Tulip? Frau Tulip?

    Fraulein Mustard Seed?

  59. Patti

    Lovely Marion, I own a cleaning service and thought I’d give some helpful advice. While all is new on the hood lightly furniture polish all the items you’re going to be putting up there. They will be much easier to clean especially since they’re right above your stove. The wreath can also be sprayed and then wipe the excess off, those wreaths are the hardest ones to get clean when they’re dirty. Your kitchen is beautiful, many blessings!

  60. karen

    I think in honor of the season, your newest cow should be named “Lily” as in Easter lily. Your kitchen is gorgeous. And I LOVE everything you do with your grainsacks.

  61. Phyllis

    Seriously – where can I buy a cow head like yours? Really – what is not to love about cows and sheep? They are such lovely, docile, trusting creatures.
    Range hood looks very spiffy – looking forward to the tutorial. 🙂

    • Em

      Look what that trusting cow in MMS’s kitchen got for being docile and trusting….his/her head whacked off! Sorry to be the outlier here, but that head looks creepy to me.

      I think Patti has a point with the cleaning issue. Even the top of my fridge and MW attract filth.
      But MMS has wrought near-miracles in the past, so maybe she has a secret way to keep kitchen decor clean and will share her arcane knowledge sometime soon. i would really love to know her secrets. The MW &fridge, you see………

  62. Judi in the UK

    I think your new cow just has to be DAISY doesn’t it? Loving your whole butcher style kitchen.


  63. Kerry

    I love your creative flair. I can’t wait for my travel schedule to slow down so I can get some of your milk paint to redo my childhood bedroom furniture. It needs a facelift for sure! 🙂

  64. Mimi Matthews

    Maybe her name should be Moocille? Hahaha 🙂

  65. Carolyn

    Hood perfection! And, I was wondering where your heifer head went from the chalk board wall. I fell in love with her ages ago and got one intending to put her on my yet to be completed range hood. (Painted my cow a zinc color)

    I was so anxious to see your completed hood to compare with my design and just imagine how thrilled I am to see it complete with cow. Now I know I’m headed the right direction! I just love what you’ve done. It’s a dramatic change and I’m really glad to see how the variable heights work.

  66. GingerPeach

    Lovely. Great names. How about Mabel – from the stable.

  67. sara

    She needs a German name to celebrate your little years? Berta, Ilse, Wilhemina? There are so many pretty ones…and she looks smart and thoughtful, too. 🙂 Love, love how your kitchen is turning out. It is really a treat to see the progress as you share it. You have such a warm, kind way about you. Thanks for letting us peek at the prettiness…and the pretty cow, too.

    • Barb

      I vote for Wilhemina. It is a perfect German name and it is kinda lyrical. Everything looks great. You are so talented.

  68. Sue Pagels

    Blossom – she just looks like a Blossom to me! The kitchen looks great!

  69. cheryl liberty

    Oh so beautiful! I am going to check out the tutorials. I am waiting for the cow on decor steals but no luck yet 🙁 . there was one on antique farmhouse for $380 so I assumed it was larger than yours. Hope i didn’t miss out although i can’t spend that amount!!

  70. Susan Weathers

    Absolutely LOVE the cow head and wreath! I love your style, and all that you have done and so graciously shared.. I am just starting out in the Blog world, and your site is my favorite of all!!!! I ‘ve pointed several friends to you..:-) and they have fallen in love with all that you do also! Would love to find a wreath like yours. Did you make it, or purchase it? Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  71. Jill Flory

    Your kitchen looks great! I love the cow head with the wreath over your stove. It’s not too different from all the deer heads that have become all the rage!

  72. elma

    Oh how about Bessie? Love the cow head and the hood. Your kitchen is amazing!! I really love the sign above the window!!!!

  73. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse

    If that cow is French, she needs to be called Marguerite! The number one choice for any cow!

  74. Kathryn

    I dunno….how about ya call her Butch”. Nothing like looking up while you’re flipping that aromatic black bean burger and saying “hi Butch!” with a wave of the flipper

  75. Arli

    The range hood looks great! Looking forward to tall the tutorials.

    How about Anneliese, Trudy (for Trautl) or Ilse, or even Schatzi, for the cow’s name?

  76. Melissa Boyce

    I have to laugh at the irony of a vegetarian decorating her kitchen in a “butcher” theme! I love cows as well (but I do eat mine) and like to collect cow paintings– I have two Cari Humphrey prints, which I think I’ve mentioned before. There is something really grounded about them that I am drawn to. Anyway, I love the way the kitchen is shaping up, cow’s head and potential butcher’s chalkboard and all!

  77. Krist E

    Don’t have any suggestions for Cow names for you, you have already been given some great ones to choose from! I also like Cows and try to discriminately collect them, only the items I just can’t live w/o. 🙂 I do think it a little ironic though being a vegetarian that you gravitate toward the “Butcher Shop” decor. haha! Anyway, great job on the kitchen it looks wonderful.

  78. Audrey Zumwalt

    Looking great Marian … The range hood turned out so nice. The cow head and wreath are perfect there. You did good!!!
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  79. Tanya

    My kitchen has a cow head crush! That looks fabulous, as for a name…I would lean towards something like Lulu personally.

    xo, Tanya

  80. Gloria

    Growing up we had a cow named Bossie. That would be a good name for your cow that seems to be looking down on everyone as in the Boss. Love your kitchen,

  81. M J Riley

    Where did you get the boxwood wreath? Thanks!

  82. Peg

    Rug source!

  83. Linda A.

    The kitchen looks great. Your range hood turned out beautifully, and will be fun to decorate through the seasons. I am also enjoying the irony of the vegetarian in the butcher shop!

  84. Amanda

    She definitely looks like a “Buttercup” to me!!
    Love the kitchen:)

  85. Kim

    I think the cow head is lovely. She has a very sweet face and soft eyes. When Decor Steals makes them available, I am buying one! I have been waiting for the large boxwood wreath too. I just love your style! We have a mini farm and this style works with everything that I love! You are the only designer that I follow. Many blessings to you and thank you for the inspiration.

  86. Susan

    HOW ABOUT BUTTERCUP ? Growing up my Dad bought my sister & I 4 sheep so we could get involved in 4H. We named them BUTTERCUP, DAISY, PRINCESS & Dumbo ( yes the Disney influence was alive in the 70’s in our house) we weren’t too good at showing but we sure loved going out to the pen & feeding & hugging them. Lol. Yes I think Buttercup would be a perfect name for your Cow!

  87. debbie

    I am thinking Iris or Tulip – Lovely kitch!!!

  88. judi murray

    Marion do you have any clout with the daily decor site that you could get them to have the cowhead again???PLEASE I am MAD for cows

    • Miss Mustard Seed

      Yes, the cow head was originally an MMS pick of the month with Decor Steals. I’ve let them know my readers are interested in seeing it as a sale again and they have ordered them, but they are on back order for a few months. I will definitely post about it when the sale is going to happen again.

      • judi murray

        Thank you Marion you are an angel and so inspiring.

    • Gina

      Check out decor steal’s sister site – antique farmhouse. They currently have one for sale.

      • Miss Mustard Seed

        The one on their site is much bigger and more expensive than the one I have.

  89. Anisha S

    Where did you get the under counter garbage slide out? We have been looking for one for sometime, and I like yours better than what I have seen…..

  90. Emily

    I have this cow head and want a wreath like it. Can you tell me what size this one is? Please?

  91. Rendell stafford

    I am interested in finding the Clara the cowherd can you tell me where I can buy one



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