Giveaways and Buying Handmade

28 Dec

There are a lot of giveaways in blogland these days.  Bloggers use them to attract people to their sites, while crafters use them to entice people into their shops.  I like a giveaway as much as any other, but I only enter when I’d really like to own the item.  A couple of weeks ago I entered a giveaway on Stephanie’s blog,  Overjoyed, for either an adorable Christmas garland or one of her handmade coloring books.  Being impressed with all of her products, I jumped at the chance!  I was lucky enough to win one of her adorable, beautifully made coloring books.

Coloring Book Cover

Sample coloring page

Stephanie has an Etsy shop, though it is closed for a bit during the holiday season.  If you head on over there, you can sign up to receive an e-mail alerting you when she returns.  Her items are awesome, and I think you’ll love them.

While we’re on the topic, Etsy.com is an excellent place to buy (and sell) handmade items.  Like Stephanie, many of the vendors there are Work-at-home/Stay-at-home parents, and their online shops allow them to do so.  Handmade items are generally of better quality and more unique.  As a mother, I’m finding durability more important than novelty in the things I buy Adeline, and also find it important to help parents stay home with their children.  So, you ought to wander over to etsy.com (Stephanie’s shop in particular) and see all that there is to see!

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