Giveaway / Novica

Novica Fair Trade Beaded Bracelets on Lost and FawnedAt Novica, the mission is simple… Spread Happiness.  They strive to create happy artisans by providing fair prices, no binding contracts and the opportunity to build a sustainable business with their craft.  Novica also creates happy customers by unique gifts at great prices.  They connect with artists and craftsmen around the world to bring together an amazing collection from jewelry to home decor to amazing sweaters and apparel.  You can read more about their mission and their process here.

Novica Free Gift Wrapping on Lost and Fawned

Novica Fair Trade Bracelets on Lost and FawnedEach gift comes gift wrapped… for FREE!  That’s right!  The wrapping you see in the photos above comes standard!  Some items are wrapped with materials from and in the style of their native country.  You can also pay a little more for deluxe gift wrapping if you want something a little more special.  This is a HUGE time saver during the busy holiday season.

Each item also comes with a booklet that tells you a little about the piece you receive and a message from the artisan.  On the website you can find more detailed profiles for each and every artist and craftsman.  It makes the whole buying and receiving process that much more personal.

Novica Fair Trade Cream and Sugar Set on Lost and Fawned

Novica Fair Trade Silver Earrings on Lost and FawnedThe team at Novica was kind enough to send me some of their beautiful products to experience the buying process myself.  I could not be happier.  After ordering, my items were shipping quickly and arrived in no time.  They were so beautifully wrapped.  These were a treat for myself after a very tough month, and it was so fun to open each package.

First up, these beautiful Sterling Silver Minimalist Square Hoop Earrings from an artist named Pichaya in Thailand.  Her silver jewelry ranges in style from very sleek and elegant (like these earrings) to more ornate and traditional.  I really needed something classic since I don’t have much silver in my jewelry collection, but these were also very tempting.  See more of her work here.

Next… more jewelry.  These Unakite and Jasper Beaded Bracelets are  from an artist named Tiraphan Hasub.  Each one is beaded by hand by the artist and the closure is the tiniest brass bell.  She has so many gorgeous beaded bracelets in her collection and it was very difficult to choose just one set.  They would look awesome mixed and matched and stacked.

Last but certainly not least, this Pig Cream & Sugar Set might be my favorite thing ever.  It celebrates the traditional art celadon ceramic glazing in a really fun and contemporary way.  The soft green color and fine cracks in the surface of the glaze is unique to this process.  Of course when we have guests they will be integrated into our breakfast table, but for now I think I’ll probably use them as little bud vases in the kitchen.  Find more ceramic pieces by Duangkamol here.  I’m smitten with this pair of celadon horse ornaments right now.

GIVEAWAY Novica Fair Trade Gifts on Lost and FawnedTo get your holiday shopping off on the right foot this month, Novica is offering one lucky reader a chance to win $75 for Novica.  Get yourself some beautiful holiday decor or a great serving piece for your christmas feast.  Or get some beautiful gifts for someone on your list.

It’s quick and easy to enter.  Please use the widget below to enter.  If you can’t see the widget, please click here to go to the page.  Giveaway ends on December 5rd.

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A huge thank you to Novica for generously sponsoring this post.  Good luck to all who enter!

Minted Giveaway / $100 Giftcard

Minted Giveaway on Lost and FawnedEvery other year I do a photo-card for our holiday cards.  When the time comes to order them there is only one place to turn, Minted.  I am desperately trying to make a decision this year and I just can’t make up my mind.  Between all the amazing artist selections, there is also card back patterns, color options, edge shapes, envelope liners, foil pressed and so many other decisions to toil over.  But too many amazing options is a problem I love to have!  If you are lucky, it will be your decision to make as well!

Minted has generously offered one Lost & Fawned reader a $100 giftcard to put towards their holiday cards (or any other custom stationary or art they may need).  Let us help you make the holidays a little easier!

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I just can’t decide.  And these options are only the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many saved in my account.  Tell me what you would choose in the comments!  I need to decide soon so I have plenty of time to perfect and address them when the arrive.  It will be Thanksgiving before we know it and time to send out your holiday cards shortly after!

Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget, click here to visit this post).  It’s super easy and quick.  Don’t miss the chance to win this amazing prize!

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A huge thanks you to Minted for offering this generous prize.  Good luck!

Giveaway / Kendyll Hillegas Illustration

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Giveaway on Lost and FawnedIt’s the start of a new month tomorrow, and today I have the start of a new giveaway!  This has been such a fun one to plan and I’ve been dying to share it with you.

Meet Kendyll Hillegas.  Kendyll creates the most amazing illustrations showcasing the beauty of everyday objects.  Her technique of layering different mediums gives her pieces so much depth and detail.  Her subject matter may be ordinary, but even the simplest ice cream cone or stick of butter evokes sensory memories of childhood summers or baking with a loved one.

Any of her pieces would look amazing as a part of a large gallery collection or as a grouping.  Perhaps pick 3-4 of your favorite sweet treats for the dining room or collection of breakfast dishes for your kitchen dining area.

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration on Lost and FawnedKendyll was kind enough to send me a few prints to style in our home.  I added a bunch to my favorites and let her help choose.  I ended up receiving the Sriracha print and Cider Donut print in full size, and the Strawberry Shortcake print as a postcard size.  I had the Sriracha matted and framed and it gives our little kitchen so much character and color.  My husband puts Sriracha on everything (like so many of you) and the bottle is so iconic.  The cider donut lives on my new sewing table.  Eventually it will be a quirky part of my inspirational gallery wall.

Both prints look even better in person.  It’s hard to do them justice in a photograph.  You simply cannot capture the detail and dimension.

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Cider Donut on Lost and Fawned

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Strawberry Shortcake Postcard

Kendyll Hillegas Illustration Sriracha on Lost and Fawned

This giveaway will have THREE lucky winners!  Each winner will get to select a print of their choice.  Entering is easy.  Please use the widget below to enter.  There of lots of ways to gain entries and you can chose to do all or some.  If you cannot see the widget, please click here to view it.

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A HUGE thank you to Kendyll for sponsoring this amazing opportunity!  Please stop by her shop and show her some love.  She is not only talented, but a wonderful person.

If you want to spruce up your home with some of Kendyll Hillegas‘ delicious illustrations, use the promo code LOSTANDFAWNED at checkout to receive $10 off any order of $30 or more.  Promo code is good through the end of October.  It’s a pretty great deal, so take advantage of it!

Minted Giveaway // Bringing Back Snail-Mail

The Art of Letter Writing with Minted on Loast and Fawned

I love receiving letters.  It’s such an old fashioned romantic gesture.  In the Victorian era stationary was an important part of social etiquette and your choice of personalized stationary was an important reflection of your style and personality.

I’m determined to bring it back!  As someone with a bi-coastal family (north coast and west coast) I make a lot of phone calls to stay in touch.  Why not start sending a monthly letter instead?  Wouldn’t it brighten your day to come home to find a “just thinking about you” note in the mailbox?  Small gestures often have the biggest impact.  And with the USPS constantly wowing me with their gorgeous new stamps (my favorites right now are the Songbirds, Hudson River School and Vintage Circus collections) you can easily doll up the outside of the envelope just by adding your postage.

Win Custom Sationary from Minted on Lost and Fawned

Bring Back Snail Mail on Lost and Fawned with Minted

Minted let me pick out a fresh set of personalized stationary to kick-start my new letter writing campaign. I’ve used Minted before for our holiday cards and was overjoyed to work with them again.  Their customer service is outstanding and they have an amazing community of artists and designers.

After much consideration i selected Wild Bellflowers in sunny yellow with a full bleed pattern on the back.  I adore the hand drawn botanical design and the soft yellow and gray color scheme.  The back adds so much impact and looks adorable peeking out of the envelope.  I can’t say enough about the quality.  The standard paper is heavy and has a wonderful texture for writing.  The print quality is top notch and all stationary comes in a Minted box to keep them safe.

Here are some more picks that get the Lost & Fawned seal of approval…

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Minted Giveaway on Lost and FawnedMinted was generous enough to offer TWO lucky winners a $100 Minted Gift Card!  Invest in some gorgeous stationary or save it for holiday cards!  The choice is yours! It’s quick and easy to enter.

Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget, please visit this page to enter).

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Giveaway / $50 for Beyond the Rack

Giveaway - Beyond the Rack

I’m a bargain hunter.  When you have expensive taste but a teeny budget, it’s important to know where to shop.  Beyond the Rack is awesome.  It’s like going to a huge sample sale with tons of styles and brands, except you can do it from your home (in your PJ’s with a cup of coffee) or from work on your lunch break.  They offer a huge range of brands and items including designer labels like Kate Spade and Michael Kors and even K-Cups at significant discounts.  The sales change daily, so there is always something new.  Don’t see something you love today?  Just wait until tomorrow’s sales start!

This month you can win $50 credit to stock up on some essentials, or treat yourself to something special at Beyond the Rack.

IMPORTANT NOTE  //  In order to win this giveaway, you must have a Beyond the Rack account.  The prize will be automatically added to your account if you win.  Sign up for a new account here and automatically get $10 credit to spend on your first purchase.  Once you finish that entry step, you will unlock more ways to enter to win.

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A huge thanks to Beyond the Rack for this amazing opportunity for a lucky L&F reader!  Good luck and have a fantastic Tuesday!

Giveaway / Glint Candles

Glint Candles Giveaway - Lost and FawnedI’d like to introduce you to my my new favorite candle.  Glint Candles makes beautiful soy candles by hand.  Their list of thoughtful fragrances has something for everyone.

Chris and Lacey were kind enough to send me a one pound ‘Just Chillin’ (Refreshing cucumber and mint with a light infusion of lemon, ylang ylang, spearmint and orange) to try in our home.  I checked out their guide to getting the perfect burn and lit it up for it’s first burn while I did some quilting.  As you know, we have 2 big dogs.  This time of year when the snow gets slushy and the salt is on the sidewalks, they can get a little stinky between baths.  This candle quickly masked the doggy smell without being overwhelming.  ‘Just Chillin’ is a perfect mix of citrus and herb.  It’s fresh and clean and makes the house smell amazing.  Soy has some awesome benefits, one being how cleanly it burns which is good for your lungs and your walls.

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Glint makes all their candles the old fashioned way, pouring the high quality soy wax in beautiful reusable jars in Santa Barbara, California.  Their scent combinations are unique and complex.  The jars and containers are beautiful alone too.  After cleaning them out the Glint team has a ton of great ideas on how to re-purpose them.

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One lucky Lost & Fawned readers is going to get to customize their own Glint One Pound Candle with their choice of fragrance and stamp.  There are a lot of ways to enter.  The more ways you enter, the more chances you have.  Use the widget below to enter (if you don’t see the widget, click here to be taken to the giveaway page).

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Good luck!  And a huge thank you to Chris and Lacey, the amazing Glint team for sponsoring this giveaway!

Prize is provided by Glint Candles.  I received a sample product to provide readers with a thorough and honest review.  No other compensation was given and all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Review & Giveaway // Dog City & Co.

Dog City and Co on Lost and Fawned

We love our dogs.  I’m not sure of a better feeling than coming home to the joy and unconditional love they give.  Logan and Finn make us laugh every day.  That’s why I’m ecstatic to share Dog City & Co. with you today.  Dog City & Co. makes adorable graphic dog inspired goods like pillows, t-shirts, printed wall art, mugs, tanks and more.  Not only are their products adorable, but they also help raise money for underfunded shelters by partnering them to create their own branded products.  Additionally, a portion of every sale is donated to shelters and rescues.

Dog City & Co. contacted me after seeing us blog about our two handsome boys and wanted me to try out and share a couple of their products with you.

When I saw this Rules of the House Pillow I knew it needed to be in our new armchair (which Finn has already declared is his when we watch movies in the living room).  It’s beautifully made and totally chronicles how we ended up at this point.  I selected the 10″ version since I already have a lot of 16″ pillows.

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House Rules Pillow by Dog City and Co.

While I was taking these photos, this was happening on the sofa behind me…

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The dogs rule our house.  Clearly this pillow is made for us.

We also got to try out one of their signature word totes.  Since both of our boys are mutts, I went for the all encompassing Dog Tote instead of one of the adorable breed specific totes.  This tote is huge!  Logan (reluctantly sitting in for a size comparison) is a big boy and this tote carries everything they need for a weekend at the babysitters and more.  I used it all weekend while running errands to the used book sale, library and market.  Plus, it’s beautifully constructed.  It’s made of nice high quality canvas and strong cotton straps.

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Logan loves our Dog CIty and Co tote bag

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One of their coolest features is their Custom Options.  If you have a mutt or an unusual breed, you can send them a photo, describe your dogs personality, pick a color scheme and they will custom design a product just for you or your loved one!

Win a Dog City and Co. ToteThanks to Dog City & Co. you can win your own tote!  The winner will get to pick their favorite tote.  Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget, please click here to visit the post).

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The giveaway will end on Friday, October 18th.  Remember you can tweet the giveaway once per day for additional entries!  Good luck!

I was provided with sample product from Dog City & Co. to provide you with a thorough and honest review.  I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions expressed are truthful and my own.

Giveaway // Cafe Press

Cafe Press Giveaway

This week we have a pretty fun giveaway!  It’s extra fun because you not only get to pick your prize, BUT you also get to customize it!  Recently I spent a couple of hours one evening and set up a small Cafe Press shop with some Prudence gear.  It was quick, easy and fun!  There are so many merchandise possibilities and it’s easy to add your logo!  I picked up a couple of pieces from my shop and they arrived in record time on my doorstep.  I was thrilled with the quality!  A nice clean print of my little mascot!

Cafe Press is great for small businesses.  It’s easy to make creative gifts or giveaway with your logo or branding in small quantities, like custom shirts or sweatshirts.  For the creative DIYer your can design a customized cookie jars or water bottles with a pattern or your creation!  If you are just looking for a great gift there are tons of user designed fun t shirts and gifts for little ones!

And you can win $20 to try it out for yourself!  Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget CLICK HERE).  Once you finish the first entry you’ll unlock a bunch of other ways to get extra entries!

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I was provided with merchandise to try out Cafe Press first hand so I could give an honest and thorough review.  The $20 prize is also being provided by Cafe Press.

Giveaway // Thirty-One Tote Bags

Thirty-One Giveaway on Lost and Fawned

I love bags, totes, containers, baskets, boxes… anything that holds other things.  So when Jamie contacted me about partnering with her and Thirty-One Gifts, I couldn’t pass it up.  Jamie helped me pick out a couple of totes to suit my needs and style.

Thirty-One Thermal Tote

Jamie sent me the Thermal Tote in Woodblock Floral.  This little workhouse is perfect for summer.  It’s just the right size to pack a small picnic for summer concerts and fireworks.  I can’t wait to bring it along this summer at market.  I’ve always had trouble keeping my fresh meat and pasta chilled while I browse the rest of the market.  Thermal Totes come in a bunch of colors and patterns and will be 50% off for the month of May!

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And then there is the Large Utility Tote.  I love this thing.  I find myself constantly using it.  From trips to the post office, to laundry to loading and unloading the car in one trip.  Not too big and not too small.  I love that it has some structure but can be flattened and slid into a closet.  It’s so well made and of course really cute.

Jamie is generously offering 10% off orders from her Thirty-One page.  Just visit this page and select ‘shop now’ next to Lost & Fawned Giveaway.  10% will be deducted when Jamie processes your order.

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Thanks to Jamie, this week you can win a pair of your own Thirty-One tote bags!  Use the widget below to enter (widget cannot be view in an RSS reader, please click here to view widget).

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Spring Cleaning // A Splendid Giveaway

Spring Cleaning Giveaway on Lost and Fawned

It’s here!  For weeks now I’ve been teasing on my facebook about a big giveaway.  Finally I’m ready to share the full prize package with you and show off some of my newest favorite handmade brands.

Spring is here and now that many of us can open the windows and let in some fresh air, it’s a great time to get your home spring-ready.  You might already have some store-bought brands you love, but I wanted to share some handmade essentials and extras to add to your arsenal this year.

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Prizes for the Kitchen

The natural place to get cleaning is in the kitchen.  Let’s start with the basics.  I’ve tried a lot of sponges and scrubbers and I’m blown away with these handmade scrubbers from Kari Creates.  They are durable, large and they get the job done.  And the neon red is right on trend for spring and summer.

I have a weak spot for tea towels.  I have tons.  When selecting prizes for this giveaway I knew we had to have this tea towel from 618 Love.  I love the cheeky quote (“Experiment In Progress: Please Do Not Disturb The Dust”).  Perfect for drying dishes and cute enough to hang on your stove.  What’s not to love?

Lets move to sink essentials.  Every kitchen sink needs a great hand soap.  Sure you can just use your dish soap, but why not pamper your hands after scrubbing the stove top or planting spring sprouts.  Lemon is one of the freshest smells in the world to me and this Meyer Lemon hand soap from Eucyalpto Organics is so clean and bright.  And it makes my hands feel clean and healthy.

Another bonus for your kitchen sink comes from Zinnia Designs.  Growing up, I remember my grandma always taking off her rings before working in the kitchen and putting them in a cute china dish by her sink.  This chickadee ring bowl is just the right size to keep on a shelf or windowsill to keep your rings safe while you prep food for the grill this summer or wash fresh veggies from the garden.

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And now for some fun extras to get you in the cleaning and organizing mood.

To get myself in the cleaning mood on my days off, I like to open the windows, turn on some music and put on my trusty apron.  This striped apron from Meyer Textile Company is so gorgeous in person.   It’s perfect for women and men.  You could use it while harvesting in the garden or dusting the bookshelves.

Spring is the perfect time to get organized too.  Why not dress up your canisters and jars with these cute chalkboard labels from Image Fountain Designs.  They come ready to stick to any surface and are great for kitchens, playrooms and even closets.  The possibilities are endless.

Spicy candles are so warm in winter and fall, but when warmer weather rolls around, I like something that smells clean.  This Clean Cotton candle from Recyclights smells like clean laundry with hints of floral and citrus notes.  I’ve been using it in our living room where the dogs like to hang out and watch walkers.

And don’t forget to get yourself cleaned up for summer!  Lady Gatsby has offered a pair of products from her shop to help get you ready.  The Cranberry body scrub is perfect to exfoliate your winter skin and get it glowing before it’s sundress weather.  And the Tigerlilly Soap is so feminine and floral.

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Prize pack includes:

That’s a prize pack valued over $100!  The whole prize will be shipped to the winner in one big package.

Use the widget below (WIDGET NOT VISIBLE ON RSS FEED, CLICK HERE TO VIEW), to enter to win this amazing prize pack!  There are tons of ways to enter.  Lots of great blogs, facebook pages and twitter accounts to follow.  A few of the craftsmen have also asked you to lend a hand with some marketing questions.

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This giveaway will end on Saturday, May 4th at 12:00am.  That gives you two weeks to enter!  Thanks so much to all the vendors participating and all the entrants!  Good luck!

Note:  I was given some samples of some products as compensation and in order to provide accurate descriptions and photos.  However all opinions expressed are my own and I do stand behind each and every one of these craftsmen.