Drawstrings {giveaway}

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Today’s giveaway is from Wanda, the seamstress behind Drawstrings! You may also know Wanda from her blog, Re-inventing Mother. She’s a regular on the Yarn Along as well!  Wanda creates the most beautiful drawstring bags, and I have been lucky enough to receive a couple of them.  They make perfect knitting project bags, and mine can often be seen peeking out of my Yarn Along photos each week.  While I love using mine to hold knitting projects, Drawstrings come in many sizes and have many different uses. Wanda introduced herself here and talked about how Drawstrings was born earlier this year.  Today, she’s sharing the latest news from her shop!

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It’s been almost nine months since Drawstrings was born!  In those months I have been gifted with incredible people who have made this dream come true.  Those people are you. Sales from Drawstrings have been awesome and I continue to marvel at the reviews.  The story of how this all came to be is here in the original post by Ginny and I continue to pray for Elizabeth.

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In great news, my own Elizabeth ( my oldest daughter) is joining me in making Drawstrings a team effort.  Elizabeth has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University and is also a certified Texas teacher.  She teaches Art to first through sixth graders.  Best of all, she is the mother of three of my grandchildren; Lilah, Evelyn, and Luke.   Her gift of color and design ( she has new ideas already!!) will be yet another gift to the shop.  Welcome her please!

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Together, our goal is to provide a custom bag that can be used in many ways.  Many of you use them for your knitting and projects, but with all the varied sizes, the uses are infinite.  From jewelry, rosaries, shoes, books,backpacks, dance, laundry, and gift bags, we provide a quality product that is custom to you.  Our bags are not mass produced unless you order them.  Your purchase is one of a kind!  Quality fabrics are used in each bag and I am constantly searching for unique fabrics.

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For today’s giveaway, Drawstrings is offering one winner the knitting themed bag pictured above.  In addition, they are offering a 20% discount on all purchases through November 1.  Use the code GINNY07 at checkout to receive the discount.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post!  For a second chance, “like” Drawstrings on Facebook and leave a second comment letting me know you have done so!

Comments are closed and the winner is Taryn, who commented, “Such neat bags and beautiful fabric!”

Thanks, Drawstrings!

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Pipsticks {giveaway!}


When Maureen, mom and mastermind behind Pipsticks, a new sticker subscription service, first contacted me about her business, we quickly began to swap emails over our shared sticker love. Mine is rooted in the sticker collection that I began in the first grade. Stickers were hard to come by, and I wasn’t above adding the stickers off my bananas to the pages of the photo album that housed my prized collection. Had an envelope addressed to me, filled with stickers, ever arrived in any of the mailboxes of my childhood, I would have been ecstatic. Seriously, it would have been a dream come true. But even better than that, was to see my little girls in their excitement when Maureen sent them their very own Pipsticks envelopes full of fantastically fun stickers. Maureen is here today to share how Pipsticks began, and to offer a gift to one of you!


In Maureen’s words:
I recently launched a company to inspire kids, crafters and sticker lovers – and, to help parents, grandparents and gift givers. Pipsticks is a sticker subscription company that provides a selection of curated stickers to its subscribers every month. Stickers – like the ones many of us used to collect, trade, and obsess over as kids – sparkly ones, puffy ones, smelly ones. Pipsticks sources stickers from manufacturers all over the world in order to give its subscribers a gorgeously packaged, affordable, awesome stash of stickers when they need them (because I find my family ALWAYS needs them).

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I am a designer and left my corporate brand management job when my first son, Atticus, was born. A few years later, we were invited to join one of those sticker club chain letters. Like all chain letters, it was a bust: after loads of time and energy to find friends, write letters, enclose stickers, address envelopes, find stamps (oh, stamps!), etc etc, my kids received one measly response. Though maddening for me, they went absolutely bananas crazy over that one sheet of stickers waiting in our mailbox. Inspired, I created Pipsticks after looking for a sticker subscription and coming up empty. At Pipsticks, we take the heartache out of sticker clubbing and promise a return that is just all around enjoyable.


As a mom of four, I also appreciate hands-off (and non-tech) projects for my kids. The sticker packs arrive with loads of stickers as well as a paper and postcard so that kids can use the pack completely on their own. The whole pack, from packaging to sticker selection, is designed to a fun and sophisticated standard, and totally child-friendly – giving parents a chance to take a break (or just cook dinner in peace and quiet) once in a while.


In response to our subscribers’ requests, we’ve just launched a sticker ideas blog on the website which features craft projects and activities that center around or incorporate stickers. This stuff relies on high tech supplies like toilet paper rolls and bobby pins, so is very accessible to parents and grandparents across the board that want to get crafty.


And finally, Pipsticks solves the gift-giving conundrum we’re in on a regular basis. It’s the perfect present: new and different each month, inspires creativity, doesn’t add to an overcrowded toy chest, and is geared toward whatever your budget may be. * You can purchase a gift subscription and set it to begin whenever you choose if you’re doing early holiday shopping, just follow your purchase up with an email to support@pipsticks.com.

Maureen is offering one Small Things reader a 3-month Gift Subscription!  In addition, readers can receive one month free on any 6 or 12 month family subscription using the code SMALLTHINGS10 at checkout.  (If purchasing a gift subscription, you can set the start date as you choose (in case you’re doing some early holiday shopping!  Details on that here.)

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post. 

Follow @mypipsticks on Instagram and “like” Pipsticks on Facebook !

Comments are closed, and the winner is Jenni, who commented, “My children would be thrilled to have these!! Thanks for the chance!”

Thanks, Maureen and Pipsticks!

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