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Louie’s Hardware Giveaway(Copper Coin/Blue pearl Earrings)CLOSED

Another great Giveaway!
Kerri designs and creates all the pieces at Louie’s
she has offered one of my awesome readers to have one of her creations!
Stop by and visit her shop, she has lovely items.
 GIVEAWAY

Great for everyday; these earrings are simple and modern. The copper coin has been hand textured and given a dark bronze patina. The copper is sealed to prevent color change. Hanging in front is a lovely blue freshwater pearl. The ear wires are also handmade from sterling silver.
Approx 1.25″ top to bottom.
Value 20.00

Louie’s Hardware

Tell us about you and Louie’s Hardware’s . What do you create? 
I am Kerri Mackey and I create jewelry thru Louie’s Hardware.  My jewelry is pretty earthy/neutral feeling with pops of color which is how I like to dress.  I took a metal working class recently so several of my pieces include some sort of manipulated metal.  I love working with copper especially because the color is so versitile.  There’s a dozen different patinas to make the color and texture look different.  As far as Louie’s Hardware goes; you can thank my husband for the name.  When we first started dating; he used to tell me “that’s good  think’n BabaLouie”.  It was from an old cartoon.  So BabaLouie was a nickname that stuck.  I wanted to use a piece of it because it reminds me of my husband and he’s been so supportive of whatever I do; including Louie’s Hardware.  
How long have you been doing this? How did you get started?
 It’s only been about 4 months since I’ve started Louie’s Hardware.  I’ve been creating much longer than that though.  I always had a hobby of some sort that revolved around creating – painting, photography, sewing – although I never really got very good at sewing (my mom is much much better).  I love jewelry; I’m the type that wears a different piece every day.  So after going to a couple jewelry parties where you put the pieces together yourself; I thought – this is pretty fun and I can make custom pieces for myself.  Then that lead to possibly selling and Etsy seemed like a good place to start.  I had bought from Etsy before and I loved the idea of selling in a platform that catered to handmade.
Do you do this fulltime? If not, what else do you do for a living?
I do not do this fulltime although I would love to someday.  My full time job is as a designer for an interior architectural firm.  I am working thru the tests to become an architect (3 more to go).  My job requires me to be very creative, but I love the freedom of Louie’s Hardware.  While I really enjoy creating for my job, there are always obsticals and budgets and client needs that have to be considered.  With Louie’s Hardware, I can make pieces that I would wear and love and I hope someone else loves them too!
Who are your inspirations or influences?
There are definately color influences that come from my day job into my jewelry.  I see the most current colors in fabric, carpets, paints, etc and they move into the pieces that I’m making.
What is your favorite creation from your shop? Why? 
My favorite piece is called “Copper rose earrings on green patina coin”.  I love those earrings because of how I see the roses start as these little copper disks that end up turning into a lovely petite little open rose.  I just think they’re so pretty.  Plus I love the natural patina of copper.  The almost seafoam green is gorgeous.
Do you have any advice for other indie artists
My advice would be to make pieces that you love.  If it’s jewelry; make something you would wear.  If it’s painting; make pieces that you would hang in your house.  I keep thinking that if Louie’s Hardware doesn’t take off at least I have a ton of awesome pieces of jewelry to wear! 
Where else can we find you and Louies Hardware?
If you’re local to Columbus; you can find my pieces at Open Door Art Studio in Grandview.  They have wonderful art programs for adults with disabilities as well as supporting the local handmade artists like me.

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)
To enter visit,Louie’s Hardware and leave me a comment on this post telling me which item in her shop is your favorite.Leave a comment for each entry!

EXTRA ENTRIES-Separate comments
2 – Follow Louie’s Hardware on Facebook
2 – Follow my blog, or Subscribe to my RSS feed
1 – Click to vote for me,Just have to click it!
1 – Follow me on Twitter AND Louie’s Hardware on twitter and leave name here
2 – Tweet this giveaway and tweet  Copy and paste below
     Louie’sHardware Giveaway @boutiquemade http://bit.ly/rk9qj
5 – Follow my other blog

5 – Blog about this giveaway, including a link here.(must leave 3 comments)
10 – Place my button on your blog.(must leave 10 separate comments)
Don’t forget my other giveaways happening now

Lil Flower Hats By Lilli Giveaway for a Beautiful silk flower baby hat(ends 10-08-09
bouji & nouna Review and Giveaway to win one of their OOAK Throw Pillows (ends10-11-09)

Leave an additional comment for each entry you qualify for. You must have completed the first entry according to the instructions to be eligible for any bonus entries.
THE FINE PRINT.
Open to U.S Addresses. This contest will end on 10/14/09 at 11:59 pm MDT.  Only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!

bouji & nouna Review and Giveaway Ends 10/11/09 Closed

This is a wonderful giveaway open worldwide for this beautiful OOAK throw pillow




 I was given the pleasure of coming across this wonderful Etsy store bouji & nouna. A great shop carrying OOAK handmade items. The style of her work is amazing with some fabulous fabrics.She has many different items from apparel to throw pillows and unique bedding and gifts for the little ones.

I am so thrilled to be reviewing a product for bouji & nouna, She sent me one of her fab crib sheets, this one design called OP ART. made from a 100% super soft cotton Jersey Knit fabric.

So when it arrived I was extremely excited as I am also a sewer and haven’t mastered the crib sheet yet.
It looked even better than pictured and came ready to give as a gift or for your own baby.

The material has the greatest pattern I have seen in fabric,and so soft! The sheet fit perfectly on my standard crib mattress like it was meant for his crib. 
The colors in the sheet matched the theme in his room for an extra bonus. I love their crib sheets, They have many more available at bouji & nouna 

Read more about Inbar and bouji & nouna

Tell us about you .What do you create?
* I’m Inbar, The mom of bouji & nouna from Sunny Israel, I create a unique and modern baby designs (bedding, decor, toys and apparel)

How long have you been doing this? How did you get started?
*Well, It’s a bit of a tricky question for me… It’s almost like asking me when I’ve began to breath… My mom is a very talented artist… She always sewed, painted… you name it – she knew how to do it… She studied fashion design and was a teacher for craft and art for years… I was born into a house were they were always fabrics, ribbons and buttons everywhere. Me and my sister’s favorite game was searching for treasures on her fabric closet.
I’ve always painted and sewed, I used to sew my own clothing since I was 13…
The “bouji & nouna” adventure I began on 2007, after my son was diagnosed as having SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder). He needed my attention and so I left my job as a costumer service manger on a very big communication company, and a very nice salary in order to be with him .
Since I’m not the kind of person who can stay at home without doing somthing, I’ve reterned to my old hobby of sewing and painting…
I was 7 month pregnant with nouna when I started looking for some high quality baby products that would also be chic and with contemporary feel.
Of course I haven’t found any thing to my taste.. so I’ve bought some fabrics and along with some beloved fabrics I had at home I created my first bouji & nouna crib set.
I was amazed by the reaction of my environment… and a few weeks after nouna’s birth I’ve already got my first order, at first from friends and family later on I’ve joined Etsy and started to get orders worldwide.

Do you do this full time? If not, what else do you do for a living?
As I told before, I’m first of all a mom to the real bouji and nona – my adorable kids – and after that to bouji & nouna designs.. So in between my time with them I’m doing it Hoping to be able to do it full time in the near future,

Who are your inspirations or influences?
Wow, that’s a tough one… I’m inspired by so many things.. from my kids, from fashion shows, magazines, nature… Everything can inspire me in a moment… that’s why I always have a small sketch book – for all of those great ideas…

What is your favorite creation from your shop? Why?
I think I love every item on my shop and for different reasons, they are like my babies so it’s hard to chose one.. For now I’m in love with my “Nouna’s BOHO jackets” they are so sweet and showing the bouji & nouna’s feel very well… I’m also love my bedding collection. I love the colors and patterns, I think that on this collection I’ve really connected to my pure design senses…

Where else can we find you ?
www.bouji.etsy.com
http://boujiandnouna.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/bouji-nouna/106878856276

Giveaway

bouji & nouna have decided to give one of my readers a Geometric pillow – Disco print

From their 2009 collection…..
12″X12″ decorative pillow.
Front made from 100% geometric cotton in pink, green, light blue, white and burgundy. back made from 100% dark brown cotton.
A Super funky and retro pattern.
Value 26.00

This beautiful OOAK handmade pillow can be yours, Just leave a comment and more for bonus entries!

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)
To enter visit,bouji & nouna and leave me a comment on this post telling me which item in her shop is your favorite.Leave a comment for each entry!

EXTRA ENTRIES-Separate comments
2 – Follow bouji & nouna blog and Facebook
2 – Follow my blog, or Subscribe to my RSS feed.
1 – Enter my other Giveaway
1 – Click to vote for me,Just have to click it!
1 – Follow me on Twitter AND leave twitter name here
2 – Tweet this giveaway and tweet  Copy and paste below
     SweetPrincessBowtiquegiveaway@boutiquemade http://bit.ly/eJIAI
5 – Follow my other blog

3 – Blog about this giveaway, including a link here.(must leave 3 comments)

5 – Place my button on your blog.(must leave 5 separate comments)
1 – BONUS* Leave the words “I want to win” In a comment

Leave an additional comment for each entry you qualify for. You must have completed the first entry according to the instructions to be eligible for any bonus entries.
THE FINE PRINT.
Open Worldwide. This contest will end on 10/11/09 at 11:59 pm MDT.  Only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!

Chic-Clips Hair Candy Gift Certificate Giveaway

 I have another awesome giveaway for you, A 20 dollar gift certificate to use on the items of your choice at Chic-Clips
She makes the most fantastic “Hair Candy”you are going to love this,she makes boutique bows, euro bows, organdy bows, korkers,  and many many more!
Please check out her blog for the most amazing ways of doing hair,unbelievable!

 Get to know heather

Tell us a little about your business ?

How long have you been doing this?  I have been making bows for about 3 years now, It started out as a hobby because I couldn’t find bows that I loved for my 3 girlies that were a price I could afford as a stay at home mom! So, Chic-clips was born!

What price range do your products fall in? 
My bows range in price from 3.00 to 6.00 a piece!

What is your favorite item from your shop? Why?
I love my big Euro Bows. they are so unique and fun. I love to make these, and I love them in my kiddos hair.

What is your favorite place to shop (online or otherwise)?
I love to shop…EVERYWHERE! I love Gap, Old Navy and then I have a few boutique shops that I really like. I love Stitcheroos.com they have great personalized stuff. and then EBay!

Who are your inspirations or influences?
My inspirations have to be kids that I see around town, I am always thinking I have a bow that could match that or wow that would be a cute bow combo! I also love to match gymboree

What’s the best advice anyone has given you (professionally or personally)?
Just do it, I have a hard time starting new things. Its kinda scary to put something that you have made out there for people to love or hate, It took me almost 2 years to get my stuff online, and it was scary but it has been rewarding meeting people from all over the world!

Where else can we find you ?
I also run a hair blog that shows you great hair Ideas for little girls! On http://www.chic-clipshair.blogspot.com/ you get to see alot more of who I am personaly and I love to show off my little monkeys!

You can get up to 10 entries for this giveaway!


HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)
To enter visit,Chic-Clips and leave me a comment on this post telling me which item in her shop is your favorite.Don’t forget to leave a way to contact you if you win!

EXTRA ENTRIES-Separate comments

1 – Follow my blog, or Subscribe to my RSS feed.
1 – Leave a comment on any other of Boutique Stitches posts
1 – Follow me on Twitter AND leave twitter name here
1 – Tweet this giveaway and leave @boutiquemade in the tweet
1 – Follow Chic-Clips blog
1 – Leave a comment on of Chic-Clips blog posts
1 – Blog about this giveaway, including a link here.
1 – Place my button on your blog.
1 – BONUS* Leave the words “I want to win” In a comment

Leave an additional comment for each entry you qualify for. You must have completed the first entry according to the instructions to be eligible for any bonus entries.
THE FINE PRINT.
US addresses only please. This contest will end on Friday 10/1/09 at 11:59 pm MDT.  Only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!

Feel free to email me with questions and or comments or to discuss pr or ad opportunities. Email jennette@smartandtrendymoms.com

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Contracts and Payments.  Ad Space contracts will begin on the 1st or 15th of every month.  Should you choose to purchase an ad to go up on the 15th, we will pro-rate that month and ask that you pay for the next month also.

All ads (both monthly and 3-month contracts) must be paid in full before they are posted.  This fee is non-refundable and no portion will be returned should the Sponsor decide to discontinue the display of the ad at any time prior to the end of the contract period.

We will not hold any unpaid ad space.  Unpaid ads will be removed, and we reserve the right to offer that ad space to another advertiser. We will send one courtesy reminder via e-mail a few days before your ad expires. If you wish to renew your contract, please do so this at that time.

All payments must be sent via PayPal to jennettehansen@yahoo.com

STM offers no Guarantees.  Although STM has a loyal follower base, we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of any ad, and we cannot guarantee traffic from any ad. No certain outcome is suggested or implied.

Ad Content and Responsibility. Sponsor is solely responsible for the content of the Sponsor’s ad and all advertising claims made within the ad.  Sponsor is solely responsible for any copyright infringements and any intellectual property issues that may arise. Sponsor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless STM, its owners, directors, officers, employees, agents and members for all losses, costs, damages, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising from any claim for infringement of the rights of third parties based upon publication of the promotion in question, including, without limitation, those arising from claims or suits for defamation, liable, copyright or trademark infringement, misappropriation, violation of the Lanham Act or rights of privacy or publicity or from any and all similar claims now known or hereafter devised.

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No conditions, printed or otherwise, or insertion orders or instructions which conflict with the provisions of this contract will be binding on STM.  Except as specifically agreed to by the STM and Sponsor, all promotion positioning/placement clauses and conditions will be treated as requests only and cannot be guaranteed.  In addition, the STM reserves the right to run an unlimited number of promotions at any given time on the website provided space is available.

Ad Approval/Removal.
  Sponsor is responsible for providing all information and digital artwork to meet specifications and guidelines.  STM reserves the right to determine the suitability of all promotions submitted for distribution, and to reject promotions that do not meet its editorial or digital criteria.  All Ads must be pre-approved by STM.

Sponsors generally choose to host images at a third party hosting service (such as Photo Bucket) or on their own servers.  This gives the Sponsor the opportunity to change his/her own image during the month by uploading a new image with the same name supplied to STM.  STM does allow this; however, all ads must be pre-approved by STM prior to posting. At STM, our reputation is very important to us.  STM reserves the right to refuse and/or remove an ad at anytime for any reason without notice. Refunds will not be issued.

Specifications. Ads must be static images in GIF, JPEG, or png format, and sized according to the specifications.  “Animated” ads will not be accepted.  STM will make changes to ads after each one month contract unit only.  Changes to self-hosted images require STM approval before they are posted.  Please contact Jennette Anderson or Kelly Long at info@smartandtrendymoms.com for placement options before sending graphic files. Please include the URL, if any, to be linked to the image and “alt” tag content if desired.

Reviews

I love to try new and fun products, And tell everyone about them! I also have 3 kids and a husband that I will from time to time help me review the product.Children items must relate to a 9 year old girl,3 year old girl or 1 year old boy. Once I get the product, I will use it  review it, take pictures of it and then I will post my review about it. Drive traffic to your product, And you will get a text link on my blog.
All review items are non-returnable!

If you have your own images that you would like me to use in the post, please feel free to email those to me, and your website banner or logo for me to post in the post as well.


About My reviews

  I put a LOT of energy and thought in to my posts. I take images, and I like to show the product being reviewed in action. I want to promote your product the best that I can.

When will you let me know if my item will/has been reviewed?
Once I receive your item, I will email you and let you know that I received it and when your post will go up.
How long will it be, once you receive the product, before it is highlighted?
 I make every effort to review products in a timely manner. Sometimes, however, real life (Being a mom) gets in the way.
Will you tell me when the review is posted?
I will email you when the review of your item(s) is scheduled to be posted, or is already posted, and will send you the permalink.
Can we require a positive review?
While I promise honest feedback, your submission is not guaranteed a super-positive review. If I feel that your product does not meet quality standards, I will contact you before posting any comments. I also reserve the right not to post a review if I feel in any way the product will not relate to my family nor my readers. All reviews posted here are honest and truthful.
How long will our product be highlighted?
You’ll have the top spot until the next review/giveaway/feature is posted. At times, I will post more than one in a week. Once your review moves from the top spot, it will be scrollable on the homepage for a period of time. All reviews are also permanently accessible in the archives and are searchable by category.
Can I be permanently accessible?
Yes! Your post will always be on my blogsite. I am also currently working on monthly and yearly rates for sidebar advertising. If you are interested in advertising, please contact me!
Will my product be returned?
No products will be returned. Once something is given as a review it becomes my sole property. I will fully test and use these products making returning them just impossible. Often, I will do an ongoing review and post several write ups about that item. With this, I am unable to return products.
How will you post/review about me?
Once I get your item, I will review it, test it,for strength ,detail,craftsmanship,packaging, take my own images for the review post, then I will get it written up and once the link is live, I will email that link to you. I may also use any images you already have!

Will I have to pay for your to review my item?
NO! As long as I can get an item to review from your company, I will post the review at no charge. I do currently have ad rates are for companies that would like their banner added to my front page.
Where do i send my item to be reviewed?

Giveaways

Giveaway’s are a great way to drive traffic to your online shop, Boost sales and get your product known. You will choose one of your products for the giveaway During your giveaway I do lots of promoting about your store and products .!
Any sales or discounts you have going on will be included in your giveaway details!
One of the entry requirements will be to visit your store/website and comment on their favorite item of yours, generally the giveaway will last one or two weeks, unless noted,depending on the item! Winners will have 48 hours to respond, and then a new winner will be chosen!
You will be responsible for shipping item to the winning person, within 14 days!
I am not responsible for items not received.


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