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Shabby Apple Giveaway

It’s been a while since a giveaway – here is one to help you celebrate the end of summer and labor day weekend. Shabby Apple, an online store with the loveliest vintage clothing, contacted me recently to offer one lucky reader a free dress! The Gondola dress is a beautiful classic – kelly green with navy stripes with a shape to flatter anyone.

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I loved the dress they sent me, a sweet vintage look that is right down my alley, named Sea Breeze. It’s so cute, and very comfortable. It’s a great casual summer dress, but I can picture wearing this in the fall with my favorite red boots and a light sweater.

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To enter, just leave a comment below after visiting Shabby Apple’s site – a winner will be randomly drawn one week from now. OK, have fun!

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POST UPDATE: Congrats to Mark Burleson, comment #27 who won his cute wifey a new dress! I will be in touch to get it to you. Thanks to all who entered!

 

Summer Giveaway

Hey there! As promised, here is a little summer giveaway for you. Thank you to my sponsors for this giveaway, Freja Moon from Bulgaria and Mark and Zoe from Scotland.

Freja is a hand knitter/crocheter who makes beautiful fiber jewelry and wearables. This mustard yellow necklace can also work as a headband or bracelet. Mark and Zoe are the founders of YOKE. A fun and vibrant duo making illustrations and prints that are perfect for summer.

TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is leave a comment sharing one memorable trip, event, sunset, whatever – from this summer. Comments will close next Tuesday and a winner will be updated on this post the following day. Can’t wait to hear what you say!

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Update: Our winner, picked randomly, was comment #8 – Astrid! Congratulations! I will be in touch to get you your goodies. Thank you to all who entered and shared your wonderful summer moments!

Spring Giveaway

Happy Friday! It’s a beautiful warm hot day today and I feel like doing a giveaway to celebrate the warmth and sunshine! Up for grabs is a boxed set of notecards from Artistry Cards – made on 100% recycled paper in adorable Owl, Swan, Hummingbird and Crested bird designs. You will also receive these peachy perfect cabochon earrings from EMarieCreations.

Just leave a comment with a favorite memory from or most loved attribute of the Spring season. A winner will be randomly picked and announced one week from today! Good luck. :)

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Update: Congratulations to our winner, Amy (comment #21), chosen randomly by random.org – I will be in touch to get you your winnings!

Autumn Giveaway

Autumn is in full swing now. I’ve packed up my summer clothes and unloaded my big bulky sweaters from hiding. Maybe it was too soon though – we are still experiencing 70-80 degree temps. Everything is lush and green like it’s spring time again. You won’t hear me complaining, I love warm weather. I think a part of me goes into hibernation when it gets cold.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to have a little giveaway to celebrate the season. Earlier this month I got an email from Helen from Frances + Francis. She designs the perfect elemental Autumnal card to send your greetings. She’s agreed to giveaway some cards to our winner.

You will also receive these simple but beautiful leather bangles in Autumn colors from the Adopt Shoppe.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment describing what you love most about the fall season. A winner will be randomly selected one week from now, on Tuesday, November 1st.

AND, I promise I will be back soon with some brand new DIY posts. Happy Autumn!

Do What You Love: Giveaway!

At this point in my life, I would give up most anything to do what I am passionate about. It hasn’t always been the case for me as I’ve journeyed through the traps of consumerism, comparison, and a load of insecurities.

I recently met a lady that has embarked on her own journey of giving up what’s comfortable to do what she loves.

Coni is a graphic designer living in Barcelona. After working with diverse designers for many years she started her own journey creating and printing her own designs. Each print is completely handmade and screenprinted herself – it’s the type of work that makes your hands hurt…yet yields alot of joy.

I recently asked Coni to describe in a sentence or two what it means to her to do what you love. Her was her answer:

Doing what you love is not always easy. It’s a lifestyle choice, and as in every election, you must win and lose something, but it’s really satisfying if you finally do it. And there’s always the possibility to “love what you do”… (if you can’t do what you love).

Coni is generously giving away to one lucky reader a copy of her “Do What You Love / Love What You Do” print.

To enter: Just leave a comment below describing what it is you most love to do – and I hope this inspires you a bit to do it (if you aren’t already). A winner will be picked randomly one week from today, September 26th. Good luck!

Survey Results and Winner

Thanks to everyone who filled out the 2011 Reader Survey. It really was insightful! And to everyone who posted kind thoughts about what they like about this blog – thank you. It was very encouraging to read. I did pick a winner today, using the random number generator, and it was comment #10 – Muireann! What a pretty name. Congratulations girl, I’m sending you a box of note cards from my shop (your choice) and I will be in contact soon!

Grace Design Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the Grace Design giveaway – Summer! I’ve just emailed you to get in touch so you can receive your beautiful Obi Pouch. Thanks again to Grace Design for doing such a fabulous giveaway!

Interview + Giveaway: Grace Design

Alison of Grace Design recently wrote in about her new line of beautiful bags, clutches and home wares using found obi’s and kimono’s from Japan. I love the originality in her work and use of vibrant textiles. She graciously agreed to do a mini interview and a giveaway!

Tell us about yourself.

I am a girl livin’ in Toronto Canada. I’ve been making stuff as long as I can remember and the entrepreneurial urge has always been a natural inclination for me. I went to school for graphic design but strangely, sewing and working with textiles has always been a way more natural medium for me. One of my favourite pastimes is rifling through thrift stores and that is really how Grace Design began. I used to come home with bags of interesting found textiles and just started making stuff and selling it at local consignment shops. Eventually I went on a big adventure to India at the ripe age of 19 and came back with a backpack full of sari silk. I later went to Japan and discovered the gorgeousness of Japanese textiles and I haven’t looked back since.



What inspires you to create?

I am constantly looking at blogs, design books, magazines and flickr and it never ceases to amaze me the creativity that is out there. I need that constant nourishment to keep excited about making new things and coming up with fresh ideas. I keep images that inspire me on a big wall in my work area and I have various sketchbooks and journals that are full of yet more images. I love to see what others are doing and what is possible with different materials and then get new ideas from that. I am mainly excited by colour and pattern; searching for fabrics is very exciting and the process of mixing them with other fabrics in new and unexpected combinations. I love nature, I grew up on the west coast of Canada so the ocean and forests are a big art of who I am and what keeps me going. I love to write in my journal, collect my thoughts, morning coffee time is my favourite time of the day and, of course, my weekly trips to my local thrift stores!

Inspiration from Alison’s flickr stream

What are some challenges you’ve had to overcome as an artist?

I am always trying to find ways to work around the many restrictions of using found textiles. (eg stains, weird dimensions, fraying, making things last etc etc). Many of my counterparts have degrees in fashion design and I do not so I am always trying to become a better sewer and keep things looking polished and professional. I still have a full time job so finding time to run a business and keep my job is a struggle. Staying positive and inspired when sales aren’t always what you had hoped or anticipated. Being a home based business and the CLUTTER. Oh my god, the clutter.

Tell us something random about yourself!

I collect a lot of different things ranging from vintage Chinese tea tins to 1950’s angora and beaded sweaters. My home is about as crowded as you would imagine.

The giveaway: This is a little bag made from vintage metallic Japanese obi fabric. The backing is made from a solid red micro fibre ultra suede and it is lined with unbleached cotton.

To enter: Simply visit Alison’s etsy shop and leave a comment below with your favorite item in her shop. I will randomly draw a winner a week from now on Tuesday the 21st. Good luck!

I’m Giving Away Free Ads on evie s.

I was told last week about a neat project that I want to involve my readers in – 25 leading letterpress printers each created 50 limited edition notebooks with Loop paper donated by Mohawk. They are being sold on a special storefront on Felt & Wire Shop. 100% of the proceeds benefit kids via School: By Design.

In thinking of ways I could support this project, other than just blogging about it, I decided to offer anyone that purchases one of these $15 notebooks a little ad on my blog for a whole month! It’s a great deal – not only do you get to support a great cause, but you get a beautifully crafted notebook, AND ad space on evie s. for a month.

RULES: Go to the Felt & Wire Shop and purchase a notebook. Then email me your receipt (info at evie-s.com) showing your purchase. Then after approval you may send me a non-animated graphic (gif, png or jpg) 125 x 70 pixels with the URL it will link to. I will then add it to my blog on the sidebar. This is on a first come, first serve basis so act quickly!

Limit one per person. **I reserve the right to reject any ads that I deem inappropriate or unfit for my blog.**

School: by Design is a youth mentoring initiative that asks high school students–in collaboration with their college or professional design mentors–to redesign their school. A $10,000 award will be granted to the high school with the most innovative project to implement their idea. The program was created to give youth in under-served communities a real world experience using design thinking to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential and take action in their own lives. {via the school: by design website}

Friends of evie s. Giveaway!

I’ve got a fun giveaway for you today! Two of my friends just started etsy shops and agreed to give away some swag! There will be a total of 4 winners. The first will receive an adorable handmade onesie from RoseyKate.

(Yes, this is my little cutie modeling a onesie by RoseyKate)


The other three winners will each receive one cutie patootie hair accessory from ArtsyPeacock. See more pics of her stuff here.

To enter, just leave a comment of what your favorite memory/activity this summer was and which prize you’d like to win. I will randomly pick the winners Tuesday, the 24th. Good luck!