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Updated on January 13, 2015

Random Christene-ness

Whatever I feel like adding.

Part lensography, part biography and part, well I'm not sure.

This is my homepage which connects all of my lenses together. I share with you some of the people, and places, and things that I love.

New lenses are added every so often so make sure to come back. ;)

My Squidoo Stats and Achievements

» First lens creation date: 2/06/2007

» Current number of lenses: 313

» Highest overall lensrank reached: #1

» Number of lenses that reached the Top 100: 12

» Longest time a lens has stayed in Top 100: 407 days

» Most traffic on one lens in a single day: 4,600 visits

» Number of LOTDs: 7

» Number of Purple Stars: 21

» Giant status: 1st round of Giant Squids, Giant Squids 100 Club

» Volunteer positions held: 1st team of SquidAngels, 1st team of Giant Squid Greeters

» Earnings donated to Charity: $2,464.41

» Income earned through Squidoo: $37,572.14

(as of 6/13/2014, including 3rd party affiliates & custom work, minus charity contributions)

» Total to date: $40,036.55

I'm a SquidAngel and in the Giant Squid 100 Club

I'm also a Giant Squid Greeter alum

I was one of the first Giant Squids! That title was given to lensmasters who had 50+ quality lenses by 9.4.07. They now offer a Giant status to those with 25 great lenses. You could be one of the next giants. :)

On August 13, 2008 I was recruited for Squidoo's first team of Giant Squid Greeters. Greeters keep an eye out for up and coming lensmasters who have great potential to reach Giant Status. I held the position for 6 months and am now an alum.

I was also on Squidoo's first team of SquidAngels which began April 30th 2007. I was on duty a second time in the Fall of '08, and got my wings back again on April 5, 2009 and was active through September 30, 2010. I took a short break and was back in action for the month of November 2010 and then held the position until they closed the program.

Angels were around to help good, content filled lenses rise to the top, and to knock out the spammy ones. If your lens gots blessed, you'll saw a small LensRank boost. If it got dinged, there was a small drop in LensRank.

On October 7, 2008, I made it into the Giant Squids 100 Club.

That's for Giants who have at least 100 great lenses and was, at the time, the highest ranking on Squidoo. :)

February 3, 2012 I became a Colossal Squid! (250 great lenses)

Lens(es) of the Day

Squidoo LOTD

I've been lucky enough to have 6 of my lenses chosen as Lens of the Day. :)

Only Children on 7.26.07

Smoking should be banned in ALL public places on 2.12.08

Best Lensographies Ever? on 3.15.08

Pumpkin Carving on 10.23.08

Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes on 11.18.09

Squidoo Payday Questions & Answers on 10.29.10

Pumpkin Carving on 10.29.11 (It's second time.)

Purple Star Lenses

I've had 21 lenses chosen to receive Purple Stars. :)

Only a few purple stars are given out each week, to "exceptional" lenses created by Giant Squids. Pages are handpicked by Squidoo's editors.

Sudden Onset Juvenile Diabetes on 5.1.09

ASL For Everyone on 5.1.09

Only Children on 8.13.09

Gifts for Tinker Bell & Disney Fairy Fans on 9.3.09

Pumpkin Carving on 9.28.09

Countdown to Christmas on 10.29.09

Smoking should be banned in ALL public places on 11.5.09

Broadway Shows on 1.23.10

Squidoo Payday Questions & Answers on 2.16.10

The Walk for Hunger on 7.27.10

Vampire Costumes & Accessories on 8.13.10

Planning a Disney Princess Birthday Party on 9.8.10

The 2011 HGTV Dream Home on 1.18.11

Zumba Fitness on 5.3.11

Planning an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party on 9.1.11

New Ghouls of Monster High on 8.31.12

Making a Respectable Sales Lens on 9.10.12

A Disney Dream Cruise on 3.13.13

Disney's Castaway Cay on 3.24.13

New from American Girl on 4.8.13

Catching Fire on 9.17.13

Who am I?

Architectural Designer: Used to work at a firm, now I work for myself.

Graphic Designer / Photographer: I've started my own online stores.

Do It Yourself-er: Hubby & I have completely redone our house.

Bookkeeper: I take care of the books for my in-law's shop.

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer: Have been on the construction crew of a Women Build site.

Kiva Lender: I joined team SquidKiva to help small business owners around the world.

Traveler: Vacationed on 3 continents and want to see as much of the world as I can.

Dancer: Grew up dancing tap, jazz & ballet, and have taken adult classes in tap & hip-hop...and Zumba :)

Concert Go-er: Indigo Girls and Kevin So are my must-sees.

Sign Language Novice: I know the basics and have taught my daughter since she was an infant.

Internet Junkie: Started a yahoo club back in the old days, podcaster, host/moderator on a few message boards, post on a million sites, a Squidoo addict, and look things up daily.

As well as: Wife, Mother, Daughter, Aunt, Niece, Granddaughter, Daughter-in-law, Sister-in-law, Cousin, Friend

She works hard for the money

(hey now)

When I was a munchkin I used to make things and walk around the neighborhood trying to sell them. I remember painting pinecones, calling them Christmas Ornaments and going door to door.

In middle school I used to buy gum in bulk and sell it to classmates. I made a killing till I had a competitor and the teachers made us both stop selling LOL

Also while a youngin' I would go to bridge games with my dad and would be paid to caddy (no one ever knows what I'm talking about here so don't feel bad)

My mom used to do flea markets and she would give me a table to sell my things. I think I did better than her. HA

My first real job was at Boston Chicken (now called Boston Market) when I was 16. That didn't last long. Then I didn't work again till college.

During college I worked on our Campus Entertainment Network's stage crew. That was THE best job. I got paid to go to all of the concerts, comedians, and dances we had. Loved my boss and the guys I worked with and had a blast.

Intern for an Engineering firm in upstate New York

Intern for an Architect in upstate New York

Intern for a studio professor in Rhode Island

Full time Designer/Draftsman at a small firm in Massachusetts (till becoming a mommy)

Part time Architectural Consultant in a smaller firm, then for an Architect, and my husband and I currently do consulting together for various residential projects

I work very part time in our family's sheet metal shop taking care of accounts payable/receivable

I work on my CafePress and Zazzle shops

And I'm a Squid :D

The Old Squidoo HQ - Pics from my October 2007 Trip

Curated from my Flickr account.


There are 4,500 people in the U.S. with the first name Christene.

Statistically the 2762nd most popular first name. (tied with 414 other first names)

More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Christene are female.

It is an alternate spelling of Christine.

Meaning in Greek: Follower of Christ or anointed.

That's "Ene" - Not to be confused with "ine"

Which spelling do you prefer?

See results

Is your name Christene too? Do you know one? - Do you just think it's the best name ever? ;)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Making last rounds wishing everyone well. Thanks for all your support. Blessings

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      An inspiring record, congrats. I hope I can get somewhere near

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      Dawn 4 years ago

      You must have took forever to update this lens. Good work.

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      JoyfulMom LM 4 years ago

      Fun lens to read! Inspiring too.

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      Resident-Nerd 5 years ago

      Great lens. Very helpful for us all i am sure. Thank you.

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      SmokeybonesJr 5 years ago

      LOL all I can say is WOW! I wanna be like you!

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      TheGardenGuys 5 years ago

      Wow - your stats are really inspirational. Thank you so much for disclosing this information :)

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      Christene-S 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks! This has been frustrating, I hoping everything works out by next month.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just wanted to let you know about your zazzle payment problem, there was some kind of bug that reset the tax settings. I've seen other people on the zazzle forum in the last few months with the same problem(they re-entered the tax info and then got paid), just wanted to let you know that you're not the only one who has had this problem. Sincerely hope it works out for you.

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      thooghun lm 5 years ago

      Those stats at the beginning of the article made me cry, gave me hope for the future and gives me an objective regarding my squidding. New year's resolution: keep writing :P Keep up the good work!

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      I know a Cristina and a Christine. This lensography/biography/lens of thoughts is fascinating. I loved your anti-smoking lens and I love this one too. Thanks for sharing your lens stats and earnings. You have inspired me today!

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      Metalpriest 5 years ago

      Someday I hope to become a great great squid like you.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Blessed I promise I will return to peruse your lenses within a short Time

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you are true inspiration for new squids like me, looking through your achievement really encourages me a lot to pursue more for my lens. :)

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      karen-stephens 5 years ago

      No. But great lens christene. Inspiration to all. angel blessings.. xxo

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      George-Christie 5 years ago

      That's a great lens! So informative... Well done!!

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      cashflowstoo 5 years ago

      This is a great lens partly because its authentically you. Its also a great lens because it show people how your progression translated into real dollars and cents here. Thank you and I wish you continued success and joy.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I know several women with Christine in their name, either first or middle, and not a single Christene, besides you! I enjoyed learning about your professional career track and your Squidoo rundown. What a success story!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      I know one now! :-) Great informative lens. I will be popping into your other ones as well.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      You are amazing!!

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago


      Your like 4 star general!

      I'm bookmarking this lens.

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      lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

      Wow! A lot of Squid experience here!

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      Kapalbility 5 years ago

      No it isn't. I'll give it second place to the name, Rothman. If you will argue, I will settle at tied at first. :D Awesome profile.

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      coffeeandtea 5 years ago

      No, no one but I know one now! :) wow what a great profile and lens!!!

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      kpp2385 5 years ago

      Lot to learn from your profile. You really inspired me today.. great lens

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      ragtimelil 5 years ago

      Wow. How do you have time for everything? I'm so impressed!

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      Nice to meet you Christene! It is the best name ever only second to the name Shannon. LOL, that's me. :D

      Grats on all of the groovy giant squidness too. I figured I'd stop by and get to know ya a bit better. Keep on going and may you succeed even more!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I have a friend with the name; hers is spelled "Kristeen."

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      rhadoo7 6 years ago

      Congratulations for all of these achievements!

      And also for sharing the earnings you made on Squidoo...that can be very motivating for us, beginners :)

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      Happy Squidversary!

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      entertainmentev 6 years ago

      My name isn't Christene but my first doll was named Christene. I still have her :)

      So many amazing LOD and purple stars - what an inspiration!

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      LDWorld 6 years ago

      I know a Christin, I like that name, because it's derived from Christ :)

      Thank you for sharing info about you, my doughters are excited to start squiding :))

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      rainydaz 6 years ago

      Don't know how you manage to keep such good track of all those lenses. You've set the bar high, now I've got to get to work on making more lenses :)

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      DeterminedDolphin 6 years ago

      I've never known Christene spelled that way but I've known a few Christines. I like the name.

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      Christene-S 6 years ago

      @CrossCreations: I meant to reply to this earlier. Thanks :) I'm a USA Squid. Massachusetts.

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      Toyotaexpierence 6 years ago

      I think I should just change my name to Christian the guy version. Ms your good at this squidoo when I start I def would love you to come join. Lol

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Christene I could spend hours here, excellent and very impressive lensography, WOW! I think what brought me here was 'squiddicted' :-) I mean I used that term on a new lens and wanted to link back. Then my Squiddiction took over and... hell, where WAS I? This new lens of mine is about Squidoo friends around the world (squidoo-lensmaster-locations) and I'll link to your Squiddicted lens. Hard to feature Squid friends this way because in many cases I really have no idea WHERE they are, and you fall in that category.

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      sagebrushmama 6 years ago

      I keep trying to talk my parents into putting their work experiences to use in a Squidoo-ish way...retired architect, and former math teacher...your lens is a good incentive!

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      bhthanks 6 years ago

      so much great stuff to read

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      Rammelfirdaus 6 years ago

      No it's not and I only know 1 person who's name is Christene... and that's you. :)

      Great lens. Btw, mine's Rammel. Nice to meet you.

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      cr00059n 6 years ago

      You deserve a round of applause! Keep it up and really good work!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Impressive lensography. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Christine Cameron 6 years ago

      Great information...and yep, my name is Christine! It's a very cool name, lol. Thanks for all of the info. I learn something new every time I visit one of your lenses!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful name and congratulations on all of your achievements! This lensography is awesome and flows so wonderfully!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great name! Great lens!

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      chrispell017 6 years ago

      nice lens! congrats on all the success.

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      fantasticallyfi 6 years ago

      Hi, Thanks for the welcome - this is really impressive! Any tips/advice gratefully received...

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      garrekds 6 years ago

      I'm a newbie and I liked your Best Lensographies Ever lens! I like the layout of your lensography. As I make more lenses this will be a great lens for me to get ideas from!

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      I always enjoy reading your lenses. I learn something new every time. You also inspire me to keep creating lenses. Blessed by the SquidAngel of Lensographies. You are featured on SquidAngel of Lensographies.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Wonderful idea having this well-laid out lensography as the 'go-to' source for your Squidoo lenses.

      BTW, I have a niece named Christine -- with an 'i'. Does that count? I also have a cousin named Christine, a nephew named Christian and a son named Christopher. Any 'Chris' is a good name! :)

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      christene96 7 years ago

      that's great :)

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      SweetMarie83 LM 7 years ago

      Very nice! I hope that when I finally create a lensography it's as great as this one. :-) I'm going to be here all night just reading the lenses of yours that I bookmarked! lol

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, this is impressive! I too, don't know how you manage to keep track of all these lenses. Thank goodness for labels, eh?

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      So many lenses! I really don't know how you can do it! With less than 80 I feel overwhelmed:)

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      This lens is a lesson in lens design and marketing. Angel Blessing

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      Tamara14 7 years ago

      Very nice homepage/bio. So inspirational and motivating for a little squid like me:-)

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      I like your version of the lensography. And thank you for sharing some of your stats. That is very encouraging.

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      Yourshowman LM 7 years ago

      I liked The way you have put up your Squidoo Stats And achievements section. Surely that would impress anyone.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an impressive Squidoo resume! Thank you for blessing my lens, How to Survive a Heart Attack. I'm sure this lens has been blessed many times in the past, but it deserves another!

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      Oh, here it is! Update, woman! Ya gotta toot your own horn now that you've cracked the $10K club!

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      Julianne Gentile 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Thank you so much for the blessing. I value your opinion. Your lenses are so impressive! I haven't been to this page in a while, so there are hours of exploration ahead of me. Have a great weekend!

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      lolicious 7 years ago

      This is a lensography I need to copy. Good work..inspirational :)

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      thank you for the blessing :)

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      LoKackl 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens(ography). Again, makes me realize I have soooooo much to learn!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My goal is to make the 100 Club one of these days, but I'm still working on the 80 I have, no hurry I guess. You have a lot of interests and passions, and are a great service to the Squidoo community. I know I have learned a lot from you in the time that I have been a member and I thank you for that. Blessed by an angel!

      Best wishes in all that you do!


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens. Fav and 5*. I've got a lot of work to do to catch up to you.

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      Janet2221 8 years ago

      I thought I was the only one that bought candy in bulk in Middle School and sold it to their classmastes!! I got a kick out of reading that. I used to make a killing on the Jolly Ranchers. :) You know what they say, great minds think alike.

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      heyniceaddress 8 years ago

      Hi, Christene!

      My name isn't Christene, but it's often mispronounced as Karen; so it's equally masculine, I suppose (I trust you to get the sarcasm in that remark).

      I thought I'd leave a note: I like this "you" blog of yours; I need to create one of my own. I'm very new to the site, so if you ever feel like giving me any advice, I'm certain my virgin lenses could use the touch of experience.

      Take care!


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      Twobit LM 8 years ago

      Good job on all your accomplishments :)

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      DeboraR 8 years ago

      Congrats on all your Squidoo accomplishments. I'm still new on Squidoo and hope to be in the higher ranks some day.

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      Misterioso 8 years ago


      Thanks for the encouragement you gave me on the "New? Introduce Yourself" forum. I am not only new to Squidoo but also to cyberspace. I am a retired English teacher, and I do not like to put anything out there until it is the way I want it. But I know you are right, so tomorrow I will publish my lens as you suggested.



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      storge 8 years ago

      Awesome! Many interesting,educational,informative and wonderful lenses.I guess lots of time spent on design and layout and of course ideas?

      Well done!Great job!Definitely 5 stars!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fascinating! I'm trying for 50 by the end of September and am already getting confused by the lenses I've put up, so I'm researching lensographies. This is a lovely one. Quite overwhelming! Good work.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wow...very impressive. It was good to meet you through this lens. 5*

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Exceptional lens and you are so talented. I actually used to play quite a bit of bridge amongst friends and have no idea what a caddy is apart from a golf one.

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      What a wonderful lensography!! I'm planning to work on my own, and so I'm looking around at others first. I really enjoyed yours! I also enjoyed your daughter, Lexi's, lens!

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, what a lens? Quite the variety I must say...just amazing how you put this all together. Gives a pretty idea of who Christene is! It was a really nice experience to go over this lens. Congratulations on all your accomplishments at Squidoo and outside! I'll definitely have to come back and check your other lenses. I've joined your fan club for now and of course 5*s on this one!

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      jura 8 years ago

      Great lens

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm perusing lensographies as I work on one of my own. Wow, this is extensive and really well done! I've never used the SquidWho template, but I like what you've done with it. Thanks for the great example!

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Very nice lens... awesome layout and design! You've inspired me!

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      jwooten80 8 years ago

      I noticed that you have done some animal and nature lenses. If you have time, I would love for you to come and check out my lens about my kitties! I don't know if it deserves a blessing, but it sure will make you smile and laugh!

      By the way...The Indigo Girls album, Rites of Passage was my absolute soundtrack when I was 13 and 14. Whenever I listen to it I always think of my best friend from that time period, and it makes me feel great!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I've visited your lensography a long time ago. It was fun to look at again. Found some fun name sites to explore. Thanks for blessing my own lensography. That was so kind. It's SO long now with my 98 lenses! I'm trying hard to make Giant 100 this time around.

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      Like many here, I'm standing in line to thank you for the Angel blessing! It was a great boost and I really appreciate it. You are truly an angel, as are the others, and I'm glad the powers that be at Squidoo came up with this concept!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Wow, Christene! You've been busy since my last visit... lots of new lenses. Thanks for blessing my Stony Ridge Winery lens.

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      Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

      Thanks for the blessing! Great lens!

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      alesxandrea 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for the blessing! I'm so happy.

      You really have a lot of lenses... I love Jason Mraz' - Im yours too :)

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      AslanBooks 9 years ago

      Thank you for listing your lens on The Squidoo Ink Pot --

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      Wow Christene. That is a lot of lenses! A well deserved Angel Blessing to you.

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      OneMomsMission 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your achievements. Great lensogrophy!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      grandma deal 9 years ago

      Christene, Thank you so much for your immediate response to my request for the 2 1/4" black background "Squiddicted" button. Because of you, I can start production of the "Manly Squid Bags". It's not often that we find someone who will stop what they are doing to help a stranger. I have linked your shop and lens to my "Squid Bag" lens.

      Thanks again. You are a good person.

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      californianative 9 years ago

      Thanks for blessing my No on Prop 8 lens!

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Congrats on the 100 club!

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      Congratulations on making Top 100, your lensography looks awesome!

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Great lensography!

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      aquariann 9 years ago

      Wow, what an amazing amount of lenses you have!! That's awesome that you were one of the first Giant Squids. I have a long way to go, but I hope to be one someday, too. :D

      My name is very similar to Christene, and I've had many people misspell and mispronounce my name over the years, too.

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      Spook LM 9 years ago

      Almost beyond belief and am very suitably impressed and wonder how you ever found the time considering all your other commitments. Congratulations.

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      Bradshaw LM 9 years ago

      Very nice lens. My first name is Christopher, so I had to check out the baby name wizard. Beautiful layout - simple and elegant.

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      Yvonne L. B. 9 years ago from Covington, LA

      I love the way you did your lensography, 5*'s and favorite. It's a great model to go by. Thanks for the blessing and the suggestions.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Hi Christene... I'm just dropping by to re-bless your lens. Welcome back!