Gypsy Forest Handmade {giveaway}

Today’s giveaway is from Stephinie of Gypsy Forest Handmade.  You may know Stephinie from her beautiful blog where she shares bits and pieces of life with her family of six.  You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest!  Stephinie’s playsilks are a family favorite at my house, and one of her kid sized bags and matching pencil case were Larkspur’s favorite birthday gifts this year.

At Gypsy Forest Handmade, we think childhood should be celebrated! Our goods are made with natural fibers and encourage adventure and imaginative play for little ones. You’ll find hand dyed playsilks, silk & organic flannel blankets, beautiful totes, nature notecards, and more. All made in our home studio with love.

Stephinie is offering one winner a set of 21×21 rainbow silks ~ Gypsy Forest’s most popular holiday item for the last two years!  In addition, receive 10% off all orders through November 30 using coupon code SMALL10.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  Comments will close and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday, November 24th.  The winner will be notified via email, and announced within this post.

Thanks, Stephinie!

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Wooly Moss Roots {giveaway}

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Today’s giveaway is from Jeff and Taryn of Wooly Moss Roots.  They have lots of exciting news, and I am so glad that they are here today to share it with all of you!  Be sure to follow along at Taryn’s Blog, and “like”  Wooly Moss Roots on Facebook.
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“Hi everyone and thanks to Ginny for inviting us back here today. Many of you already know us from before on Ginny’s blog, but for those of you who don’t, we are The Wilson Family- Jeff, Taryn, and Bracken. When we are not creating, we’re busy on our small homestead usually in the garden or the kitchen.

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Jeff is the wood wizard around here and he makes some gorgeous buttons. We’re a good pair since I’m a knitter and love using his handmade buttons all the time. Plus I really enjoy spreading the love and offering the special buttons he makes to other knitters, sewers, and crafters of all kinds. I like photographing each unique set and listing them in the shop, but what I love most of all is hearing from our customers and getting to see pictures of all the beautiful things they are creating with them. That’s my favorite part. (And that’s why I’m filled with glee every time I visit our Ravelry group and there’s a new project posted there!)

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Jeff was going strong, sanding buttons and woodburning them, but he did what he tends to do: work, work, work nonstop. His body started rebelling and he started getting tendonitis in his elbow.  At the same time he was struggling with some sciatic pain. Things he’d always done easily before, in our work and on the homestead, became challenging for him to say the least. We knew we wanted to keep doing what we loved for our business, but at the same time not work his body like a machine. We embraced some new technologies we’d never considered before and started using a laser machine.

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The laser machine made it possible for him to take designs and burn them into the wood, rather than woodburn and carve everything by hand. I can’t say how exciting this was for us! Spending more of his time doing design work and less time carving and woodburning made his tendonitis disappear. (He’s been busy creating wooden jewelry with the help of the new tool and the next step is to start burning designs on our buttons, which we’ve just been beginning to do.) He’s still doing quite a bit of sanding and we will continue to offer our high-end wooden buttons that we are so fond of, but we will also be offering some other options that are a bit more affordable. In addition to our fabric buttons, we are now offering coconut buttons with all sorts of designs. We found some beautiful coconut buttons and have been having so much fun burning designs on them (give us your requests if you’d like to see something in particular.) Just this week Jeff came into the house from the shop with a huge grin on his face and showed me his very first wooden shawl pin with a design burned into it with the laser. Check out the new offerings (there are some fun wooden knitting magnets as well), exciting things are happening around here these days!

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For today’s giveaway, Jeff and Taryn are offering a lovely gift bundle including:  a wooden knitting magnet in Oregon myrtlewood that says: “I Knit Therefore I Am,”one set of eight buttons in winner’s choice of: honeybees in juniper wood or chickens in myrtlewood, and one set of eight coconut buttons in winner’s choice of: butterflies, trees, chickens, flowers, or Celtic knots.

In addition receive 10% off in both of Jeff and Taryn’s shops: Wooly Moss Roots and Mystic Orb, when you use the coupon code: NOVEMBERLOVE at checkout. The coupon code will be good through Thursday, November 20th.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post!  Comments are closed and the winner is KC who commented, “What stunning buttons!  I adore all of Jeff’s creations.”

Thanks Jeff and Taryn,and  Wooly Moss Roots!

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