Archive for May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

giveaway winners

The first half of giveaways have officially ended and we are excited to announce the winners! If you aren't one of the winners make sure you enter the giveaways that are still open until Wednesday; you still have a chance to win.

And now for the winners...

The winner of the Dali Decals giveaway is
Jenn of Ramblings of a Housewife

The winner of the Cherry Blossoms giveaway is
Shanny of Carey Times

The winner of the Snapdragon Jewelry giveaway is
Riece of More Morris Madness

The winner of the Hello Sweet World giveaway is
Kameron of A Wrinkle in Time

The winner of the Uptown Jane giveaway is
Stacy Howard

The winner of the I Have a Notion giveaway is
Kathryn of The Gilbert Family

The winner of the Festive Frills giveaway is
Thoris Designs

The winner of the Pursenickity giveaway is
Crafty P of Crafty's Cafe

The winner of the Blue Finch Studios giveaway is
Maree of Halfdime Happenings

The winner of the Just Because Gifts giveaway is
Midnite Scrapper

Congrats! Please email us at so we can put you in touch with our sponsors. We will announce the second part of our winners after the other giveaways end in a few days.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

just because studios giveaway

Giveaway #15

Our last Reader Appreciation giveaway! Wow, what a crazy week! We hope you enjoyed all our great giveaways from our generous sponsors. Be sure to check back next week for all our winners.

For our final giveaway we have another great photography package for the Seattle area. Just Because Studios does beautiful work inside and outside the studio. Photographer Melanie Smith says, "In times like these, it really becomes apparent what’s important in life. Family, time with family, memories from those great times… what’s more important than that?"

Melanie specializes in family and children's portrait photography in and around Seattle and Seattle's eastside (Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah, Bellevue, Woodinville, and Kirkland). She takes a 'photo-journalistic' approach to capturing your child at play or capturing the way you interact together as a family. She will also throw in some 'posed' portraits in there along the way, too.

Just Because Studios is offering our Seattle area readers one indoor or outdoor photo sitting, two free 8x10s, and two free 5x7s (a $156 value!!). She hopes that these two items will give people some of that ‘together time’ that can slip away all too quickly! Thanks, Melanie!

To enter, check out the galleries on the Just Because Studios Web site and leave us a comment telling us whether you'd choose an indoor or outdoor setting, based on her portfolio. We think it's going to be a hard choice! Comments must be received by Wednesday, June 3 at 11:59pm PDT. Good luck, Seattleites!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

sweet baby creations giveaway

Giveaway #14

We're almost to the end of our Reader Appreciation giveaway week, but we've got another darling shop to show you, and another chance to win! Jenna Van Vleck is the talent behind Sweet Baby Creations , where you'll find diaper bags, nursing covers, designer burpies, diaper clutches, snuggle blankies, hip onesies and toddler clothes, all in super-cute designer fabrics. Here are a few of our favorites.

And if you love them all, you can even find them all together as a Deluxe Gift Set.
This one is so dang cute!

She also sells darling baby and toddler clothes. Couldn't resist showing off her little birdie item!

Jenna is so sweet to offer one of you lucky readers a diaper clutch! They are so handy to have once you no longer need to carry around everything but the kitchen sink in your diaper bag. It's just the essentials--diapers and wipes! If you need one, you'll have to enter by visiting the Sweet Baby Creations shop and leaving us a comment telling us what your favorite product is by Wednesday, June 3 at 11:59pm PDT. As always, good luck!

All her Sweet Baby Creations products are Mommy tested and approved. You can visit her personal blog inspired*byjenna to find out more about Jenna and her darling family!

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christy's craft challenge giveaway

Giveaway #13

This is another totally unique giveaway that I know is going to be a hit! Have you heard about the Christy Nelson Craft Challenge? This fun blogger hosts a monthly craft challenge complete with fabulous prizes. Participants sign up to receive a packet of craft supplies (no need to roam the aisles of the craft store--it comes right to your door). When you receive the supplies, you make something awesome, send her pictures, and compete for the chance to win prizes! It is as simple as that. (Read this FAQ for more details.)

Is your interest piqued? Check out her blog for some of the past challenges. What we love about this is that Christy gives you a reason to craft every month. The supplies are sent right to your house so all you have to provide is the inspiration. She lets all of us out in blogland cast our votes for our favorite creation, and the winner receives the next month's challenge for free plus another prize (a different sponsor each month provides a prize for the winner). Then she chooses a winner from all the participants that choose to blog about their experience and gives them a prize, too!

Challenge entry courtesy of Spool.

If this sounds like the challenge you need to get you in your crafting groove, you can purchase a subscription in Christy's Etsy shop. The price of the challenge includes supplies and shipping. A one-month subscription is only $5! Or get a whole year's subscription for only $55 (that means you get one free month!).

Christy also features great tutorials on her blog like the Hanging Bouquet and the Hodgepodge Hardware Pendant. Her duct-tape dress form is brilliant and hysterical! She also sometimes sells her finished items and kits for tutorials in her shop.

So are you ready for a great prize that could result in another prize? Enter Christy's giveaway and you could win a free month of Christy's Craft Challenge for free! Just check out this post and vote for your favorite crafty creation, then leave us a comment telling us which one you picked. OR, if you're reading this after the voting has closed, tell us which of her fabulous tutorials you liked best. Do it by Wednesday, June 3 at 11:59pm PDT!

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the quilting bee giveaway

Giveaway #12

I am so freakin' excited about this giveaway! This is different from any giveaway we've done, and I know there are tons of quilters out there who are going to being dying to win this one.

Felicia Graves, owner of The Quilting Bee, is a machine quilter. She has been in business for six years, and most of her work is freehand. Before learning to machine quilt, so worked as an artist (painting needlepoint canvas for Rebecca Wood Designs) so her favorite thing to do is "draw" on quilts using her Gammill longarm quilting machine (I know!). So all you quilters out there, admit it--you have at least one quilt top just waiting to be quilted. Don't we all? This is where Felica comes in. People send her their quilt tops and backing, and she puts them together with a one-of-a-kind quilting design. Look how gorgeous these quilts look with Felicia's finishing touch.

In my opinion the quilting is really what makes a quilt. Felicia's work is so amazing--she is truly an arteest. And guess what? She's friends with our girl V from the other day. There's some crazy creative vibe coming out of that little town in the middle-of-nowhere-Utah. I just may have to make a stop there next time I'm there visiting family in Utah so I can soak up some of their amazing-ness!

So here's the coolest part. Felicia will be quilting a quilt for free (up to 56"x56") for our lucky winner! Here's what you have to do to enter. Go to The Quilting Bee blog and tell us your favorite of Felicia's top 10 quilting memories (hint: they're all in her April archives). Make sure to leave us a comment by Wednesday, June 3 at 11:59pm PDT! Oh, and while you're there, scroll to the bottom and watch her slide show of more amazing quilts she's quilted. It's mesmerizing.

Good luck to you and your quilt tops!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

grateful tulip giveaway

Giveaway #11

I heart the little signs we're giving away today! Grateful Tulip sells hand-painted wooden phrase signs with the most gorgeous fonts and darling doodles. I love the distressed look she gives them.

Wouldn't this make a great teacher gift?

Kristal's signs are wonderfully simple and elegant, and they fit almost anywhere! She does custom names and phrases for no extra charge, and she offers lots of colors and nearly any font you can imagine.

Ready for her great giveaway? Kristal is so generous she's giving TWO of our readers the chance to win! One winner will receive a 12x12 Family Surname sign with their choice of monogram and name. The other winner will get a 4x12 sign from the Grateful Tulip shop or with their choice of name, word, or phrase. All signs can be done in almost any color and font. We've gone over this before, but in case you're new here, just leave us a comment with your favorite item in the Grateful Tulip shop by Wednesday, June 3 at 11:59pm (PDT) for a chance to win one of these great signs!

If you don't win (or just can't wait until the giveaway is over to get your hands on one of these), Grateful Tulip is also offering our readers 20% off their entire order until June 7th! Just use promotion code LBS in the comments and the discount will be credited to you after your purchase.

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carrie stroud photography giveaway

Giveaway #10

We know how much our readers love a good photography shoot giveaway. Here's one with a little spunk. Okay, a lot of spunk. I feel like I can hear Carrie Stroud speaking to me when I read her blog. And you feel like you know her subjects when you see her work. I can tell she is so much fun to work with. Check out some of her work:

Carrie photographs families and kids by capturing who they really are. How they live, laugh, blow kisses. She says, "I want to remember my child's scrunchy nose when they laugh, not a fake vinyl tree in the background and a pose that represents nothing about who they are as an individual. I capture them, and it absolutely thrills me to give that gift to others!" Yes, this girl really loves what she does.

Carrie works hard to capture her subjects' true personalities. "I don't like posed or perfect. Give me the sticky fingers and silly faces and I will truly jump and giggle. A photo shoot with me guarantees memories being captured. Possible side effects: I'll want to be your friend, chat about your day, and photograph your family forever. Hope you're okay with that."

Cute Carrie currently lives in Florida, but she will be scheduling sessions for Northern Utah and the surrounding Seattle area this year as well. So if you're in or near one of those three places, you should enter for a chance to win a photo shoot with Carrie ($125 value!), and maybe a new friend, too. Just leave us a comment telling us your favorite gallery on Carrie's Web site, and which location you would choose (Tallahasee area, Seattle area, or Northern Utah). This giveaway ends Wednesday, June 3 at 11:59pm PDT, so do it NOW. And if you're not able to enter, check out Carrie's Etsy shop for some gorgeous photos of everyday beauty. She's having a sale!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

just because gifts giveaway

Giveaway #9

Melanie Smith of Just Because Gifts must be one of those incredible moms who is always taking care of everyone around her. Check out these yummy care packages--who wouldn't like to get one of these?

Maybe you're one of those people who thinks about doing nice things like this for people, but you don't have the time to follow through (yes, I'm talking about myself here). Just Because Gifts sends care packages to your loved ones for you, and they're even wrapped in your choice of colored tissue paper. Each care package includes granola bars, chips, candy and other goodies for a late night study session, a taste of home, or "Just Because!" Once you've selected your gift basket, you can select "add-ons" for an even more personal touch.

I'm thinking this would make a great Father's Day gift! I know my dad and husband always appreciate treats. You could win the "Family Movie Pack" to send to a special someone, or have it sent to yourself! The Family Movie Pack includes: 4 8oz. cans of soda, 3 movie sized boxes of candy, 4 candy bars/bags of candy, 2 bags microwaveable popcorn, and a $5 Blockbuster gift card. Just visit Just Because Gifts and leave us a comment telling us what care package you'd like to send, and who you'd send it to, for a chance to win this sweet package! Entries must be received by Saturday, May 30 at 11:59pm to be eligible.

Melanie also offers personal part planning services for childrens parties and photography. She must be one organized woman! Check out her other services while you're over there!

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SewCute Shop giveaway winners

Our SewCute Shop Giveaway has officially ended and we want to announce the winners! The two lucky winners of a $25 gift certificate each are:

Lisa of Fountain of Youth


Harley Dee of Koala Fuzz

Congrats! Please contact us at so we can put you in touch with Brandy.

Now I know the rest of you who didn't win aren't too disappointed since we have a whole week of giveaways going on right now. Jump into the action and enter all of them for a ton of chances to win something fabulous!

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blue finch studios giveaway

Giveaway #8

In my dreams I am a graphic designer. I love fresh, clean design like Susan Young's of Blue Finch Studios. She is brilliant. Her line of distinct mini cards and printable stationery are totally charming. Some people have all the talent.

Blue Finch Studios specializes in two lines of stationery. First, Wee Tidings, which are mini note cards packaged in a jar. And man are they cute. I don't think I'd want to use them--they look too sweet in the jar! (Be sure to click on "view cards" at the bottom of each set to see all the cards.) They also offer a YOUprint line in their Etsy store. YOUprint, also known as printables, are print at home cards, gift tags and labels that you print on your home printer. You can use paper, card stock or sticker sheets to create what you'd like, when you need it. The best thing about YOUprint? You can print them over and over and over (and over).

Susan's designs are not only fresh and bright, but funny! Check out the "Text" line to use for teens and tweens, and the "Spicy" line, perfect for secret notes to that special someone.

Don't you love her color combinations?

And right now on the Blue Finch Studios Blog there's a free printable card, just for you! And rumor is there will be more where that came from, so go back often!

So besides the free card, you can also enter to win this darling giveaway from Blue Finch. It's the Kids Wee Tidings set! Our winner will get this glass jar filled with 12 mini cards, perfect for sneaking into lunch boxes and backpacks. Want to win it? You know the drill. Leave us a comment naming your favorite item from the Blue Finch Studios site or Etsy shop by Saturday, May 30 at 11:59pm PDT. As Susan's cards would say, "Good Luck! {You can do it}!"

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