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Monday, May 31, 2010

Tuesday Tag-Along 6/1/10

Psssssst! While you're here, why not enter one of my great giveaways? Right now, I have a giveaway for your choice of ANY crayon roll up from the Freckles Galore Etsy shop, and a giveaway for an adorable "Nerdling" bib from the Sewn by Sarah Etsy shop. Don't miss out!

 

Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


Without further ado...
Here's how it works:
  • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
  • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
  • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
  • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
  • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
  • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
Note: To be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (and since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

This week's lucky blog hopper is #70, HaupLight. Congratulations!

(Linky removed after one week.)



Thanks for being a part of Tuesday Tag-Along! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea from Twee Poppets directly, at TweePopACap@gmail.com. Have fun!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Sewn by Sarah (CLOSED)



I recently found the most perfect bib for my future offspring: the Nerdling bib from the Sewn by Sarah Etsy shop! I'm a total nerd and it's inevitable that my child will be, too (sorry, kid!). I was delighted to hear that Sarah was interested in sponsoring a review and giveaway on my site. Let's get to know Sarah a bit better.

Please introduce yourself and your shop.
My name is Sarah and my shop is www.Sewnbysarah.etsy.com I specialize in machine embroidered items and hand sewn items.

How did your business get its start?
In 2008 I left my job to stay home with my kids. I wanted to find a way to do my hobby, yet have a little extra income. I have been sewing for several years and many of my friends started encouraging me that I should start selling the car seat covers that I make. I heard about Etsy from a friend and it sounded like the perfect outlet for me to use to sell my projects. I also received an embroidery machine as a gift from my husband and thought that embroidered goods would be a perfect compliment to my hand sewn items. So, in summer 2009 I opened up my Etsy shop.

What is your personal favorite item in your shop?
I love my infant car seat covers. I make them for all of my friends when they have babies and made my own for my babies when they were each born. They are so warm, and everywhere I go, I get complements on them.

What is your favorite crafty activity? Are there any particular crafts you'd love to learn?
Honestly, my favorite crafty activity is probably scrapbooking, I just don't get enough time to do it with my one year old. I would LOVE to learn to crochet. I can knit, but have not learned to crochet yet.

What do you love to do? What makes you smile?
I love to spend time with my kids. My kids make me smile every day. I am so thankful to have a job that let's me be with them.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?
I love working with people on custom orders. I think it is so fun to help others make their visions come to life. I have created custom bibs, towels, Halloween costumes, rag quilts, and t-shirts for people. If you have an idea, I would love to help you make it a reality. Look at the sold orders on my site and you can see some of my previous creations. 


I chose the green color for my Nerdling bib, because it just seems the most tech-y (and so, fitting to the nerd theme!) to me, but Sarah has a wide range of colors available in her shop (pink, blue, purple, orange, green, yellow, and turquoise), so you're sure to find the perfect color for your little nerdling.


I just love this bib. Not only is it hilarious, it's also very well-made and practical. It's made of an absorbent terrycloth material, which, as anyone who has ever fed a baby can tell you, is very important in a bib! This bib sops up liquid like a sponge, which is wonderful because it keeps messy pureed foods from sliding right off the bib and onto baby's pants - and the fabric is double-layered, which helps ensure that they won't soak through to baby's shirt, either. Best of all, once your little messy eater has made his mark on this bib, you can toss it right into the washing machine for easy clean-up! (In the second photo below, I have pulled apart the front and back of the bib to show that there are two layers.)



This bib is also sewn quite sturdily. It has been stitched all around the outside edge and the "Nerdling" embroidery goes all the way through to the back of the two layers of fabric. The bib has a Velcro closure, which is also well-sewn and makes putting on and taking off this bib a breeze, even when you have a squirmy baby on your hands. The scalloped detailing all around the edges of this bib really adds a cute touch and makes it stand out from the rest. (The first photo below is a view of the back of the bib, to show that the embroidery goes through both layers of fabric.)




Overall, I adore this bib and can't recommend it highly enough! It even gets the seal of approval from the cutest little nerdling in my life: my cat, Bowser!



Buy It!
You can purchase the Nerdling bib from the SewnBySarah Etsy shop for just $3.50! Wow! Sarah also offers a variety of other baby bibs, as well as lots of other great items.

Win It!
Sarah has generously offered to send one US winner a Nerdling bib in the winner's choice of yellow, green, orange, or purple. Thanks, Sarah!

Please be sure to leave your email address in at least one entry (preferably all entries); I will do my best to find your email address if you're the winner, but if I have no way to contact you, you cannot win! For complete giveaway rules, please see the "Giveaways" section under the "The Fine Print" page. Winning entries WILL be checked to ensure qualification, so please be honest! :)

Mandatory Entry (Must be completed before any other entries will qualify!)

Bonus Entries (Please leave a separate comment for each entry! If it's worth 3 entries, please leave 3 separate comments!)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Publicly follow Twee Poppets with Google Friend Connect. (Click the "Follow" button under the "Followers" section at the top of the main page.)
  • 3 Extra Entries: Subscribe to Twee Poppets via email (must be activated to count). (Enter your email address under the "Subscribe Via Email!" section on the left hand side of the main page and click the "Subscribe" button.)
  • 1 Extra Entry: Add SewnBySarah as a favorite shop on Etsy.
  • 1 Extra Entry: Mark your 3 favorite SewnBySarah listings as favorites on Etsy.
  • 1 Extra Entry: Follow @TweePoppets on Twitter. (Include your Twitter ID with your entry.)
  • 1 Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway (may be done once daily for one entry per tweet). You may use this tweet: Win a Nerdling bib from the SewnBySarah Etsy shop! Enter to win @TweePoppets: http://tiny.cc/WinNerdling (Ends 6/8)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Become a fan of ("like") Twee Poppets on Facebook. (Click this link or the button under the "Follow on Facebook!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Grab my button and add it to your blog or website. Let me know where I can find it! (Copy and paste the code that is in the "Grab My Button!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
  • 3 Extra Entries: Blog about Twee Poppets. Leave a link to the blog entry in your comment. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com) and the SewnBySarah Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewnbysarah). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blogs entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post). Please include a link to your blog post in your comment.
  • 3 Extra Entries: Pledge to blog about what you won if you are the winner of this giveaway. This is based on the honor system - if you promise to blog if you win, please do. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com) and the SewnBySarah Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewnbysarah). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blog entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post).
  • 10 Extra Entries: Make a purchase from the SewnBySarah Etsy shop. Be sure to let Sarah know that Twee Poppets sent you!

Contest will end at 11:59pm PST on June 8th, 2010. Winner will be chosen via random number generator. Winner will be contacted by me (tweepopacap@gmail.com) and will have 48 hours to respond before he or she forfeits the prize and a new winner is chosen. Open to mailing addresses in the US only.

Tuesday Tag-Along 5/25/10

Note: My sincere apologies for the slightly belated TTA post this week!

Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


Without further ado...
Here's how it works:
  • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
  • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
  • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
  • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
  • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
  • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
Note: To be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (and since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

This week's lucky blog hopper is #76, Beth Z. Congratulations!


(Linky removed after one week.)



Thanks for being a part of Tuesday Tag-Along! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea from Twee Poppets directly, at TweePopACap@gmail.com. Have fun!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Giveaway: Freckles Galore (CLOSED)


Recently, I was lucky enough to win an awesome crayon roll up from Freckles Galore, through a giveaway from the wonderful blog Mother of 1 Princess and 2 Princes. I chose the Puppy Love print, but there are all sorts of fun fabrics to choose from. Crayon roll ups are a fun and functional way to tote your little one's crayons anywhere you need them to go - to resaurants, on long car rides, to grandma's house, you name it! And best of all, these roll ups come preloaded with crayons, so you're ready to go!

Let's get to know Carrie from Freckles Galore a bit better!


Please introduce yourself and your shop.
MY NAME IS CARRIE AND MY SHOP IS FRECKLES GALORE AT www.frecklesgalore.etsy.com. I AM CURRENTLY A STAY AT HOME MOM OF 3 WONDERFUL KIDS, AND A WIFE TO A WONDERFUL HUSBAND.

How did you decide on your shop name? What does it mean?
WHILE THINKING ON A SHOP NAME, I WANTED SOMETHING CUTE AND SOMETHING EASY TO REMEMBER. I ALSO WANTED SOMETHING THAT REFLECTED ME AND MY KIDS. I CHOSE FRECKLES GALORE BECAUSE ALL OF MY KIDS HAVE FRECKLES BUT MY OLDEST DAUGHTER AND I HAVE FRECKLES GALORE!!!!

How did your business get its start?
I STARTED MY SHOP SHORTLY AFTER MEETING A FRIEND OF MINE WHO MAKES AND SELLS BEAUTIFUL HAIRBOWS ON ETSY..www.preciousangelbows.etsy.com. SHE INTRODUCED ME TO ETSY AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE IDEA OF SELLING MY CREATIONS AND MAKING SOME MUCH NEEDED EXTRA MOOLAH FOR OUR FAMILY! I STARTED OUT JUST SELLING CRAYON ROLL UPS AND DRESSES. I HAVE LOVED ADDING NEW AND UNIQUE THINGS TO MY SHOP AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW IDEAS TO COME MY WAY!

What is your personal favorite item in your shop?
MY FAVORITE ITEM? DO I REALLY HAVE TO CHOOSE ONE? i GUESS IT WOULD BE THE CRAYON ROLL UPS! I LOVE SEEING THE CREATIVITY OF MY KIDS COME OUT WHILE THEY COLOR! IT IS AN EASY ENTERTAINER WHILE WE ARE OUT AND ABOUT! THE CRAYON ROLLS HAVE BEEN A SANITY SAVER WHILE IN CHURCH OR IN A WAITING ROOM SOMEWHERE. I LOVE USING THE SOFT FLANNEL AND THE WIDE RIBBON. KIDS LOVE SOFT THINGS AND THE WIDE RIBBON IS EASIER FOR LITTLE FINGERS TO TIE. THEY FIT IN A DIAPER BAG OR PURSE AND CAN BE TAKEN ANYWHERE!

What is your favorite crafty activity? Are there any particular crafts you'd love to learn?
I LOVE TO QUILT! MY MOM TAUGHT ME WHILE I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY SECOND CHILD. I AM ADDICTED! RECENTLY I HAVE STARTED MAKING BABY RAG QUILTS WITH MATCHING PEE PEE DOMES TO GIVE AS BABY SHOWER GIFTS.
SOMEONE RECENTLY GAVE ME A SMOCKING MACHINE. I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO LEARN! NOW I JUST HAVE TO FIND TIME TO FIGURE IT OUT AND GIVE IT A TRY! THIS MAY BE SOMETHING I ADD TO MY SHOP IN THE FUTURE!

What do you love to do? What makes you smile?
I LOVE SPENDING TIME WITH MY FAMILY! MY KIDS KEEP ME SMILING. I LOVE TO LISTEN TO THEM PLAY AND...THE THINGS THEY COME UP WITH!!! MY FAMILY IS SUCH A PRECIOUS GIFT AND A DREAM COME TRUE!!!


Here are just a few of the many great crayon roll ups sold by Freckles Galore!






Buy It!
You can purchase your very own crayon roll up from Freckles Galore for just $7!

Win It!
I love my crayon roll up, and I just know you would love one, too. That's why I was so excited when Carrie agreed to sponsor a giveaway here on Twee Poppets! She has generously agreed to award one lucky US winner ANY one crayon roll up from the FrecklesGalore Etsy shop. Thanks, Carrie!

Please be sure to leave your email address in at least one entry (preferably all entries); I will do my best to find your email address if you're the winner, but if I have no way to contact you, you cannot win! For complete giveaway rules, please see the "Giveaways" section under the "The Fine Print" page. Winning entries WILL be checked to ensure qualification, so please be honest! :)

Mandatory Entry (Must be completed before any other entries will qualify!)

Bonus Entries (Please leave a separate comment for each entry! If it's worth 3 entries, please leave 3 separate comments!)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Publicly follow Twee Poppets with Google Friend Connect. (Click the "Follow" button under the "Followers" section at the top of the main page.)
  • 3 Extra Entries: Subscribe to Twee Poppets via email (must be activated to count). (Enter your email address under the "Subscribe Via Email!" section on the left hand side of the main page and click the "Subscribe" button.)
  • 1 Extra Entry: Add FrecklesGalore as a favorite shop on Etsy.
  • 1 Extra Entry: Mark your 3 favorite FrecklesGalore listings as favorites on Etsy.
  • 1 Extra Entry: Give Carrie a suggestion for an item she can add to her shop - something not many other Etsy sellers carry!
  • 1 Extra Entry: Follow @FrecklesGalore on Twitter. (Include your Twitter ID with your entry.)
  • 1 Extra Entry: Follow @TweePoppets on Twitter. (Include your Twitter ID with your entry.)
  • 1 Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway (may be done once daily for one entry per tweet). You may use this tweet: Win ANY crayon roll up from the @FrecklesGalore Etsy shop! Enter to win @TweePoppets: http://tiny.cc/WinFreckles (Ends 6/6)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Become a fan of ("like") Twee Poppets on Facebook. (Click this link or the button under the "Follow on Facebook!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Become a fan of ("like") Freckles Galore on Facebook.
  • 2 Extra Entries: Grab my button and add it to your blog or website. Let me know where I can find it! (Copy and paste the code that is in the "Grab My Button!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
  • 3 Extra Entries: Blog about Twee Poppets. Leave a link to the blog entry in your comment. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com) and the FrecklesGalore Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/frecklesgalore). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blogs entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post). Please include a link to your blog post in your comment.
  • 3 Extra Entries: Pledge to blog about what you won if you are the winner of this giveaway. This is based on the honor system - if you promise to blog if you win, please do. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com) and the FrecklesGalore Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/frecklesgalore). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blog entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post).
  • 10 Extra Entries: Make a purchase from the FrecklesGalore Etsy shop. Be sure to let Carrie know that Twee Poppets sent you!

Contest will end at 11:59pm PST on June 6th, 2010. Winner will be chosen via random number generator. Winner will be contacted by me (tweepopacap@gmail.com) and will have 48 hours to respond before he or she forfeits the prize and a new winner is chosen. Open to mailing addresses in the US only.

WINNER! Sweet Melly Jane Giveaway

The Sweet Melly Jane giveaway has officially ended! There were 152 entries, and the winner was...



Lucky number 74!

#74 AmityCaughtAStar said...
"Follow, entry 2"

Congratulations, Amity! She has won her choice of FIVE finger puppets from the SweetMellyJane Etsy shop! She will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WINNER! Aw-KinaSew'N' Giveaway

The Aw-KinaSew'N' giveaway has officially ended! There were 55 entries, and the winner was...



Lucky number 43!

#43 TheGangDebs said...
"gfc 2"

Congratulations, TheGangDebs! She has won her choice of ANY single item from the AwkinaSewN93 Etsy shop! She will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tuesday Tag-Along 5/18/10

Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


Without further ado...
Here's how it works:
  • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
  • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
  • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
  • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
  • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
  • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
Note: I think it's in everyone's best interest for TTA to grow as much as possible (more blog hoppers means more followers for everyone!). So, starting NEXT week, to be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (and since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

This week's lucky blog hopper is #58, Creative Passage. Congratulations!


(Linky removed after one week.)



Thanks for being a part of Tuesday Tag-Along! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea from Twee Poppets directly, at TweePopACap@gmail.com. Have fun!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

500 Followers!



Holy smokes!  

Twee Poppets just gained its 500th follower! 
I am honored, ecstatic, and amazed to have gotten so far in just a month and a half. Thank you all for getting this blog off to a great start and making me feel so welcomed. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better and seeing what is in store for Twee Poppets in the future! I hope to line up plenty of fabulous reviews and giveaways for you to enjoy, so stick around. :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Review: PrismSunshine



Several weeks ago, I came across the darling bibs in the PrismSunshine Etsy shop, and I immediately knew I wanted to review one. I wrote Alison about sponsoring a review, and was delighted to hear that she was interested! Before we get started, let's learn a little more about Alison.


Please introduce yourself and your shop.
Hello there! My name is Alison and I run the Etsy shop prismsunshine. Currently my shop contains a variety of handmade baby bibs.

How did your business get its start?
My business spawned from making baby themed items for my friends and family. After shopping for baby shower after baby shower I found that I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for in stores. I figured that there had to be a lot of people out there like me, who wanted some kind of custom, unique design, but didn’t want to pay a fortune.

What is your personal favorite item in your shop?
I love the sushi baby bibs. Making the appliqués for each bib is by far my favorite part. Each appliqué is lovingly made by hand, so no two are ever identical. I’m really pleased with how this design turned out.

What is your favorite crafty activity? Are there any particular crafts you'd love to learn?
My favorite crafty activity varies a lot. Currently I’ve been on a big knitting kick. I’ve been experimenting with lining knit projects with fabric and appliquéing onto knit blankets and scarves. Next I’d love to learn how to crochet.

What do you love to do? What makes you smile?
When I’m not working at my day job as a lab scientist, or crafting away in my some of my spare time; I love to garden. I bought my house last May and have been steadily working on replacing all the lawn at my house with landscaping. I’m also super excited to have my own vegetable garden this year.


Alison sent me her Bacon and Eggs baby bib to review. I'm just going to come out and say it: I've had experience using a ton of bibs, and this is easily one of my favorites. I knew I loved it as soon as I opened the package!


First of all, is this not the cutest thing you have ever seen in your entire life? Look at the little bacon strip! And the tiny little egg! And the sweet yellow and green fabric background! I love it all. This is a truly stylish bib that any little one would look fabulous wearing. The green and yellow fabrics are bold, cute, and modern all at once, and the solid brown strip across the middle really helps tie it all together. Even the pearly snap closure is appealing. But the real stars of this show are definitely the bacon and egg appliqués - they're what really sets this bib apart. I love the thought of a tiny baby clamoring for a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs. It makes me chuckle. How many bibs can do that for you, huh?


Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, this bib is well-made and well-designed - definite must-haves in a baby bib! It is sturdily sewn (it passed my tug test with flying colors) and made of double-layered fabric, which is great for both durability and absorbency. While it's certainly not thin or flimsy, the material isn't super thick or absorbent (like terrycloth, etc.), so it's really nice that Alison made sure to double up to help increase its effectiveness. (In this next photo, I have pulled apart the front and back of the bib to show that there are two layers.)


The snap closure takes a little force to snap and unsnap, which I love, because it makes it just that much trickier for a mischievous toddler to undo and pull off, while still being easy for a parent to unsnap. I've experienced the annoyance of an older baby unfastening bibs with Velcro closures over and over and over again, and it gets old fast. It is so much pleasanter to have a hefty snap like this and a baby that can focus on eating, instead of removing his bib!


I've saved the best for last: the most wonderful feature of this bib is its front pocket. From the brown strip down is an extra portion of fabric that acts as a "pocket" for food. When the bib is on, this extra portion of fabric naturally falls forward, creating a nifty little catch-all for falling food. This is perfect for keeping baby's pants clean and dry!


I highly recommend this bib, and any bib from PrismSunshine! Take a peek at a few of the other great designs Alison offers:





Buy It!
You can buy any of these terrific bibs and more at the PrismSunshine Etsy shop for just $6 each! Wow! Be sure to tell Alison Twee Poppets sent you.

Win It!
In the coming weeks or months, as Alison increases her inventory, there just may be a special giveaway in store for you! Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Friday Follow 5/13/10

Hello! To everyone stopping by from Friday Follow, Follow Me Friday, or New Friend Friday, welcome! If you follow me, please be sure to comment on one of my posts saying so, and please include a link to your site so I can return the follow! I always follow back.

I want to mention that I recently started a new blog hop of my own! I noticed there were plenty of blog hops on Fridays, but very few during the rest of the week...and thus, Tuesday Tag-Along was born. Please come back on Tuesday to join in the fun! Feel free to grab the TTA button for your blog to help remind you. :)



And while you're here, why not enter one of my great giveaways?

1) Aw-KinaSew'N' - Win ANY SINGLE ITEM from the Aw-KinaSew'N' Etsy shop!
2) Sweet Melly Jane - Win ANY FIVE finger puppets from the Sweet Melly Jane Etsy shop!


Happy Friday, everyone!

Friday Follow



The Trendy Treehouse


The Girl Creative

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Tuesday Tag-Along 5/11/10

Note: Starting this week, the Tuesday Tag-Along blog post will be posted at an earlier time (not a particular time, just well in advance of the linky opening). This is in order to give everyone a chance to copy any parts of the post they want into their own TTA post, and have their TTA post ready to link up right when the linky opens, if they so choose. However, the linky will still open for submissions at 8:59pm PST (11:59pm EST).
Edit: For some reason the linky opened early this week. I checked the start time listed and it says 8:59pm (PST), so I have no idea why! I'm just going to roll with it. My apologies to anyone who was expecting to come at 8:59 for a good spot on the list! It should be back to normal and open at 8:59pm PST next week.


Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


Without further ado...
Here's how it works:
  • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
  • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
  • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
  • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
  • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
  • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

This week's lucky blog hopper is #120, Soup Baby. Congratulations!




(Linky removed after one week.)

Thanks for being a part of Tuesday Tag-Along! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea from Twee Poppets directly, at TweePopACap@gmail.com. Have fun!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

WINNER! Tuesday Blog Party - Scentsy Giveaway

The Tuesday Blog Party Scentsy giveaway has officially ended! There were 21 entries, and the winner was...



Lucky number 3!

#3 Shel said..."I donated $5 (paypal email is withanL2@aol.com) and I'm putting them all into this giveaway
Entry2"


Congratulations, Shel - and thank you for donating to this wonderful cause! She has won a full size warmer and a full size scent bar, valued at $35! She will be notified by email immediately.

Happy Mother's Day!


Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all you mommies out there in the blogosphere are having a terrific day with your little ones! What did you do for Mother's Day?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Giveaway: Sweet Melly Jane (CLOSED)

I recently contacted Melanie from the Etsy shop SweetMellyJane about her adorable finger puppets, and she kindly agreed to sponsor a giveaway! But before we get started, here's what Melanie has to say about herself and her shop:

Hi! I'm Melanie. My husband calls me "Melly Jane," which is where I got the name for my shop. I love making a variety of crafts, and my shop is evidence of that! There are lots of different items to choose from. I love all kinds of sewing- on a machine, crochet, embroidery. . . ANYTHING! I am a stay-at-home mom, and my four beautiful children make my life wonderful. Besides crafting and being a mom, I can be found at the piano, the library, the ice cream parlor or Target. Thanks for letting me share a little about myself!
Melanie sells all sorts of wonderful things in her shop, including Mary Jane-style baby booties, burp cloths, and various household items. But my absolute favorites are her darling little finger puppets!
See what I mean? And these pictures don't even begin to cover all the different animals she offers. There are dozens of adorable little creatures to choose from!
Lucky for you, Melanie is offering one US or Canadian winner his or her choice of FIVE finger puppets! The winner can even mix-and-match between sets. I am one jealous blogger!
Mandatory Entry (Must be completed before any other entries will qualify!)

Bonus Entries (Please leave a separate comment for each entry!)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Publicly follow Twee Poppets with Google Friend Connect. (Click the "Follow" button under the "Followers" section at the top of the main page.)
  • 3 Extra Entries: Subscribe to Twee Poppets via email (must be activated to count). (Enter your email address under the "Subscribe Via Email!" section on the left hand side of the main page and click the "Subscribe" button.)
  • 1 Extra Entry: Add SweetMellyJane as a favorite shop on Etsy.
  • 1 Extra Entry: Mark your 3 favorite Sweet Melly Jane listings as favorites on Etsy.
  • 1 Extra Entry: Follow @TweePoppets on Twitter. (Include your Twitter ID with your entry.)
  • 1 Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway (may be done once daily for one entry per tweet). You may use this tweet: Win FIVE FINGER PUPPETS from the SweetMellyJane Etsy shop! Enter to win @TweePoppets: http://tiny.cc/WinMelly
  • 2 Extra Entries: Become a fan of ("like") Twee Poppets on Facebook. (Follow this link or click the button under the "Follow on Facebook!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Grab my button and add it to your blog or website. Let me know where I can find it! (Copy and paste the code that is in the "Grab My Button!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
  • 3 Extra Entries: Blog about Twee Poppets. Leave a link to the blog entry in your comment. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com) and the Sweet Melly Jane Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetmellyjane). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blogs entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post). Please include a link to your blog post in your comment.
  • 3 Extra Entries: Pledge to blog about what you won if you are the winner of this giveaway. This is based on the honor system - if you promise to blog if you win, please do. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com) and the Sweet Melly Jane Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetmellyjane). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blog entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post).
  • 10 Extra Entries: Make a purchase from the Sweet Melly Jane Etsy shop. Be sure to let Melanie know that Twee Poppets sent you!

Contest will end at 11:59pm PST on May 22nd, 2010. Winner will be chosen via random number generator. Winner will be contacted by me (tweepopacap@gmail.com) and will have 48 hours to respond before he or she forfeits the prize and a new winner is chosen. Open to mailing addresses in the US and Canada only.

Friday, May 7, 2010

2009 Baby Name Data

Finally! The 2009 list of most popular baby names has been posted on ssa.gov! If you're as big of a name nerd as I am, this is a very important event!

Check out the list here.


There's also a change in popularity list, which is definitely a handy feature for namers looking to avoid something too popular. You can see it here.

So...what are your thoughts? Let's chat about names!

Sunshine Award!



Thanks so much to Lulu at Knits and Reads for honoring me with my very first blog award! My day has just become a little more sunshiney!


Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers
  • List the award in either a post or on your sidebar
  • Link your nominees within your post
  • Let the nominees know you have passed this on to them by commenting on their blog

It was very tough to choose just 12, but here are my nominees (in no particular order) for the Sunshine Award:

1) Jennifer at Life is a Sandcastle
2) Amaria at Amaria'a Reviews and Giveaways
3) Desiree at Wee Share
4) Brandi at Life With 5 Monkies
5) Traci at Traci66
6) Rita at One 2 Try
7) Aleks at Busy Working Mama
8) Cindi at Little Yaya's and Blessed
9) Jen at Sugar Pop Ribbons
10) Jessica at Mia Ma Miah
11) Bridgette at Groschen Goblins
12) Pamela at Veteran Kindergarten Teacher


Hope everyone's day is full of sunshine!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Friday Follow 5/6/10

Hello! To everyone stopping by from Friday Follow, Follow Me Friday, or New Friend Friday, welcome! If you follow me, please be sure to comment on one of my posts saying so, and please include a link to your site so I can return the follow! I always follow back.

I want to mention that I recently started a new blog hop of my own! I noticed there were plenty of blog hops on Fridays, but very few during the rest of the week...and thus, Tuesday Tag-Along was born. Please come back on Tuesday to join in the fun! Feel free to grab the TTA button for your blog to help remind you. :)



And while you're here, why not enter my current giveaway? One lucky entrant will win ANY one item from the Aw-KinaSew'N' Etsy shop! The contest is open worldwide!


Happy Friday, everyone!

Friday Follow



The Trendy Treehouse


The Girl Creative

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wordless Wednesday 5/5/10

It's a BOY!!!


(Yep, that's my cat, all swaddled.)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tuesday Tag-Along 5/3/10

Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


Without further ado...
Here's how it works:
  • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
  • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
  • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Leave a comment saying you've followed, and Twee Poppets will follow you back!
  • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
  • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
  • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along post and MckLinky will be posted every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

This week's lucky blog hopper is #9, Giveaway Blogdom. Congratulations!




(Linky removed after one week.)

Thanks for being a part of Tuesday Tag-Along! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea from Twee Poppets directly, at TweePopACap@gmail.com. Have fun!

Review and Giveaway: Aw-KinaSew'N' (CLOSED)


A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win a doll and dress from the Aw-KinaSew'N' Etsy shop, through a giveaway posted on the wonderful Special in His Sight Review and Giveaway blog. I contacted Keisha from Aw-KinaSew'N' about doing a review and giveaway, and was delighted to hear that she was interested! Before we get started, let's get to know Keisha a bit better!


Please introduce yourself and your shop.
My name is  Keisha  and my shop is Aw-KinaSewN93

How did you decide on your shop name? What does it mean?
I chose that name because it represent what I do, All Kind of Sewing.

How did your business get its start?
I went to a craft fair in 2008 and one of my customers suggested Etsy to me.

What is your personal favorite item in your shop?
I'm partial to everything I do but, I would have to say the activity book.

What do you love to do? What makes you smile?
I love to sew. Having fun makes me smile.


I was so excited to win this giveaway! Keisha sent me a soft rag doll that came wearing a little pink dress, as well as a dress for a little girl (size 3/4) that matches the doll's dress.


The contents of my prize package arrived with a slight perfumey scent, perhaps from being washed in scented laundry detergent; I found the smell to be pleasant, but if you or your baby are sensitive to scented products or perfumes, you may want to talk to Keisha about eliminating the perfumey scent before ordering an item from her.

Anyway, overall, I'm really pleased with my prize! I love how well the doll is made: it's stitched very securely and stuffed just the right amount with what seems to be polyfill. The hair doesn't pull out like some yarn-based doll hair tends to do; it is reliably sewn to the doll's head, which can be seen if the hair is pulled back from the forehead (see photo below). What really strikes me, though, is the doll's form; it's very impressive how there is actually a realistic shape to the doll's arms and legs, instead of simple straight lines. (The heels are a little pointy, but it's nothing that would bother a kid.)



My only major complaint is with the doll's face. To put it delicately, it's...not to my taste. It has been applied with fabric paint (I would have much preferred it to be stitched on) and the "whites" of the eyes are somewhat yellowish, which makes it looks a tad bit creepy, to be honest. The cheeks are also yellowish, and there is a sizable splotch of the same yellowish color right above the mouth, which appears to have been done by mistake. There is also a small pink tongue sticking out of the mouth, which I find somewhat distracting, and the doll's expression is just a little weird overall. I'm thinking about appliqueing over the face altogether, which would be an easy fix and make this doll just about perfect. As I'm sure you can tell, I'm not a big fan of this doll's face - but I want to make it clear that this is just a personal preference, and you may feel differently.


On a brighter note, the doll's dress is made wonderfully. It's well-assembled and there is some lovely detailing near the neckline. A terrific feature is that the doll's dress can easily be removed and interchanged with one of Aw-KinaSew'N's other cute dresses (sold separately). There is a Velcro closure on the back of the dress, which makes it very easy to put on and take off, even for little fingers.



The matching dress for a little girl is also great. The cotton fabric is pink with purple and white flowers, sewn with coordinating purple thread - I tend to go for bolder, more modern patterns, but there is something very sweet and classic about this feminine dress. The material is a little on the thin side (see photo below), so it might be best for your little one to wear it with something underneath. It is a pillowcase dress and the shoulders are tied with lovely matching purple ribbon; I absolutely love the ribbon ties!




I love that Keisha sent me the dress in a size 3/4, because by the time a girl is old enough to wear this size, she'll be old enough to realize that she and her doll have the same dress. Imagine how excited a little girl would be to have a matching outfit with her dolly! And think of the opportunity for cute photos! That's my favorite thing about this combo.


You should definitely check out all that Keisha has to offer at the Aw-KinaSew'N' Etsy shop! Here are a few of her other great items:







Buy It!
You can purchase a wide range of wonderful products at the Aw-KinaSew'N' Etsy shop for great prices every day.  A doll similar to the one I received is just $12.50, while dresses for little girls will run you about $10-15.

Win It!
Keisha of Aw-KinaSew'N' has very generously agreed to send one lucky winner the winner's choice of ANY one item from her Etsy shop! Wow! This contest is open worldwide, so everyone should be sure to enter! Thank you, Keisha!

Please be sure to leave your email address in at least one entry (preferably all entries); I will do my best to find your email address if you're the winner, but if I have no way to contact you, you cannot win! For complete giveaway rules, please see the "Giveaways" section under the "The Fine Print" page. Winning entries WILL be checked to ensure qualification, so please be honest! :)

Mandatory Entry (Must be completed before any other entries will qualify!)

Bonus Entries (Please leave a separate comment for each entry!)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Publicly follow Twee Poppets with Google Friend Connect. (Click the "Follow" button under the "Followers" section at the top of the main page.)
  • 3 Extra Entries: Subscribe to Twee Poppets via email (must be activated to count). (Enter your email address under the "Subscribe Via Email!" section on the left hand side of the main page and click the "Subscribe" button.)
  • 1 Extra Entry: Add AwkinaSewN93 as a favorite shop on Etsy.
  • 1 Extra Entry: Mark your 3 favorite AwkinaSewN93 listings as favorites on Etsy.
  • 1 Extra Entry: Follow @TweePoppets on Twitter. (Include your Twitter ID with your entry.)
  • 1 Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway (may be done once daily for one entry per tweet). You may use this tweet: Win ANY ITEM from the AwkinaSewN93 Etsy shop! Enter to win @TweePoppets: http://tinyurl.com/WinAwkina
  • 2 Extra Entries: Become a fan of ("like") Twee Poppets on Facebook. (Click this link or the button under the "Follow on Facebook!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
  • 2 Extra Entries: Grab my button and add it to your blog or website. Let me know where I can find it! (Copy and paste the code that is in the "Grab My Button!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
  • 3 Extra Entries: Blog about Twee Poppets. Leave a link to the blog entry in your comment. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com) and the AwkinaSewN93 Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/awkinasewn93). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blogs entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post). Please include a link to your blog post in your comment.
  • 3 Extra Entries: Pledge to blog about what you won if you are the winner of this giveaway. This is based on the honor system - if you promise to blog if you win, please do. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com) and the AwkinaSewN93 Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/awkinasewn93). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blog entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post).
  • 10 Extra Entries: Make a purchase from the AwkinaSewN93 Etsy shop. Be sure to let Keisha know that Twee Poppets sent you!

Contest will end at 11:59pm PST on May 17th, 2010. Winner will be chosen via random number generator. Winner will be contacted by me (tweepopacap@gmail.com) and will have 48 hours to respond before he or she forfeits the prize and a new winner is chosen. Open to mailing addresses worldwide.