Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's Time: The October GIVEAWAY Is Here


Oh, The Prizes!

Keeping with tradition, I've rounded up another fantastic group of artisans who are kind enough to be providing the most wonderful prizes. The giveaways on  Mercantile Muse are about highlighting some of the talented people who are working hard as part of the handmade movement. A movement, which at it's core is about: creating, getting back to a place where quality counts, having a personal connection to the things we buy and the people who make them, caring about what is made and what is bought, becoming a less disposable society and a more caring society that values things that are made with love and hard work, to knowing and understanding that there is a person behind a product who cares about what they make and who receives it. Damn, I'm glad I'm aboard that train. It's all good, right?

The artisans, crafters & makers who are sponsoring this month's giveaway are a diverse group and I think you're going to love them and what they have to offer.  Do me a favor though. Help me highlight these makers of things handmade....tell people you know about this giveaway and what it's about. I know you'll want to keep it all to yourself, but these people and this movement deserve some recognition, so go on- share a link. (There are even buttons at the end of this post to make it easy to share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and so on. All you have to do is click.)  

Please give these talented people a moment of your time. Read about them, investigate their shops and their other links. You'll be richer for it, whether you win or not. 

Ready? Are you by the fainting couch? What? You don't have a fainting couch? Then by all means, do sit down.  Get ready to swoon. One lucky person is going to win ALL of this.


1. Papyrusaurus: Bookpage print of crazy, cool cat
Ashley is the brainchild behind Papyrusaurus, where you’ll find whimsical prints for your walls, ornaments and funky stationery to send to far off places. She accepts custom orders and always looks forward to making  something amazing with, and  for,  her customers.

2. Studio Mucci: Bedazzling Autumn Candy Corn 12 ft. Tassel Garland
Studio Mucci makes whimsical LUXURY PAPER DECOR out of high quality tissue paper. Whether you’re planning your wedding, birthday party or redecorating, Studio Mucci products can be used to brighten any event or transform your home into something magical. Everything is hand-made with love, and a great deal of care. Based in Stillwater, Oklahoma Studio Mucci serves a global market, which includes both direct customer sales and retail distribution to the world's fashion elite.

3. oBo Creations: OOAK 'Dragon Skin' Pendant Necklace

Olga lives in Geneva and recently opened her etsy shop which features colorful OOAK hand painted jewelry. Her signature style is a "dragon skin" pattern that she creates using a special paint technique and that results in magical unpredictable shapes and color shades. Each piece is unique as final result always is unpredictable. Her collection includes pendants, rings bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and  bobby pins.  Olga plans to increase her hair accessory rang, while introducing some small non-jewelry items such as key chains, portable mirrors, etc. – all featuring her signature  "dragon skin" technique.  The name of Olga’s shop, oBo is drevied from her name, and her owl logo was inspired by the fact that ‘since her job takes most of my day and often evenings, she only has nights to craft and run her Etsy shop’ and she has also been collecting owls in all shapes and formats for the last decade.  




4. Foothill Fibers 'n Photos: Crocheted Mini Wrislet Clutch 

Originally an East Coast native, Kate decided on an adventure, quit her day job as an accountant, and took the cross county journey to California, ending up in the beautiful foothills of Gold Country. Creating crochet and knit pieces has become a constant in my life (along with seeking out vintage treasures for her other shop Story Tellers Vintage).  [Keep your eye out for an upcoming guest post by Kate on the accounting side of business].  Foothill Fibers n’ Photos offers crochet and knit clutches, hats, scarves, patterns and original photography. Handcrafted with Care.

5. Hybrid Handmade: 2 Sets of Art Photo Postcard Notes/suitable for framing
 
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hybridhandmade
While many of you may know Cari-Jane Hakes of Hybrid Handmade as a metal-smith and jewelry designer/maker, she is also a trained architect and photographer who records the everyday details and little things many of us often miss.  Her designs draw on her architectural work and respond to the many natural phenomenon that intrigue her and those that she captures with her camera whether it is color, texture, or light. Cari work series reducing the world as she sees it into pieces of wearable sculpture and art.


6. Lucky Cat Handmade: Shabby Chic Coin Purse




Lucky Cat Handmade is the creative outlet of Mafalda,  who is Portugal and makes coin purses, glasses cases, bags, zipper pouches and other fabric accessories. Lucky Cat got its name because Mafalda and her husband are convinced that their  3 cats are so spoiled (and that they’re lucky to have them too!).  Mafalda loves incorporating Japanese fabrics, cotton and linen blends, cat and other cute prints in her designs. It makes her happy to ship a custom order and later read her customers feedback about how happy they were when they saw it or when they gave it as a present to someone they love.  She strives to make beautiful and useful items that cheer you up when you use them, all handmade with the best materials, care and love.

You will find Lucky Cat Handmade here:

7 & 8. Bates Mercantile Co. & Lia Artisan Concrete Designs: Planter/Votive Holder & Archival Photo Print

That’s us. Pam and Garrett.  I’m the illustrator (crafter, writer, artist, good cook, photographer, blogger, etc, etc), he’s the concrete craftsman.  I’ve been creating as long as I can remember, while Garrett has been working with concrete for 26 years.  We opened (ok, I opened and brought him along for the ride) or etsy shop in December 2010.  I’ve had my own advertising/marketing/pr business for 18 years and needed an outlet so that I could create just for the sake of creating.  Garrett, after building high end, complex foundations for residential and commercial enterprises for many years, started his own studio-Lia Artisan Concrete Designs- and is exploring concrete in a new way. He is enjoying casting concrete (on a much smaller scale) that is decorative in nature and geared to both home and garden. You'll find some of his designs available through Bates Mercantile Co.



Time to enter. Remember, you can earn extra points for more chances to win. Good luck.

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Thanks for being here. Oh, by the way, for some reason blogger is formatting half of my text with that white background highlighter. Funny thing is I never selected it. I've tried and tried and I can't get rid of it. Anybody have any ideas?

Ciao for now,

63 comments:

  1. Love this! So happy you invited me to the link up last week, been following the blog ever since!

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    1. I'm so glad I did too. And thanks to Kat's stock take for connecting us. Thanks so much for following, it means a lot.

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    1. Hi Tami!

      That cat cracks me up.And with those sunglasses, oh so bohemian. He's a real cook cat.

      great to see you.

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  3. came via papyrusaurus FB page :) and sure glad i did

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    1. Hi eevah-- so glad you found the Muse through Ashley's page. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  4. What an amesome group! Glad to be a part of it all :)

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    1. and I'm always happy to have you. Thanks so much Kate!

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  5. Found out about this giveaway via email subscription. What a lovely selection of items! Can't wait to explore all the shops.

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    1. Hi Liz, thanks so much for subscribing to Mercantile Muse....I really appreciate your support. Good luck! And you're going to love these shops. To top it off, they're all really nice people who care about the things they make for people.

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  6. I found out by receiving an email from you :)
    zoe lee
    madforfashion at aol.com

    http://www.everythingforana.com

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    1. Zoe, thanks so much for subscribing! so nice to see you and best of luck in the giveaway

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  7. I found out by going to the etsy giveaways!

    rg86 at nau dot edu

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    1. hi robin....so glad you found Mercantile Muse and the giveaway. Esty giveaways is SO great!

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  8. I found out at Etsy Giveaways.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  9. I found out at Etsy Giveaways

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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    1. etsy giveaways is the best for sending you this way Despina. thanks and good luck.

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  10. So glad to be part of this month's giveaway! It's a good one!

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    1. so happy to have the talented ms. hakes and hybrid handmade as a sponsor.

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    1. Hi Jennifer....so glad you found Mercantile Muse!

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  12. :D It's a great set of goodies... Congrats, Pam! ♥

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    1. I'll have to agree Mafalda....thanks to people like you.

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  13. I found it at Etsy giveaways!

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com


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    1. Hi Oksansa....thank you for coming by the Muse and best of luck to you!

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  14. I found you via Etsy Giveaways

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    1. Yay etsy giveaways _ Yay angie for wandering over the Muse!

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    1. well, obviously there are a LOT Of people following etsy giveaways- hip hip hooray. thanks for hanging out the Muse Christy.

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  16. Found this via Etsy mail... been great fun looking at all the shops and their products thanks!

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    1. so glad we connected via etsy Jessica!

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  17. Found this through Etsy Giveaways :)

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    1. Hi faye, happy to have you here at Mercantile Muse

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  18. I found this giveaway on the Etsy Giveaways blog!

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  19. Such lovely gifts! Thanks Pam!

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  20. I found you because I follow your blog with Gfc :), you named my blog for me too!!

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    1. Ha! giveaway lovin' momma! :) Thanks for reminding me. You've been following since nearly the beginning of Mercantile Muse. I SO appreciate it Kimberly. Nice to see you.

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  21. I found this giveaway from Etsy Giveaways :D

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  22. I found you via etsy giveaways :)

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  23. i found on Etsy Giveaways ^^

    hana_clay@yahoo.com
    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  24. On internet: http://etsygiveaways.blogspot.com

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  25. entered thanks ^^
    GFC Francesca Scirpoli

    piukina81@gmail.com

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  26. I found you via Facebook!
    GFC: Giada Celeste
    Mail: giadacassar7887@gmail.com

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  27. Hi Woman!! I saw this on FB - kept forgetting to enter. Finally remembered to actually enter today!

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  28. Yesssss! I'm excited for this every month!

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  29. I found out about this giveaway from Facebook!

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  30. Entered - thanks - I pinned yah on my pininterest site! :)

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  31. I found it in etsy giveaways newsletter- and glad to be her :)

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  32. The raflecopter thingy makes it much easier to enter! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. rc makes it much easier on this end too Karen!

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  33. I follow via email and pic #8 forced me to follow up! Love it!!!
    Lisa Salazar
    Lisa Salazar Art Decor

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  34. From Cotton Ridge's giveaways page

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  35. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :)
    Enter me, please!^^
    Email: giovannamata@gmail.com

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  36. Got an email from Etsy Giveaways! :)

    dailydealsjc at gmail dot com

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  37. I found this giveaway thanks to a friend of mine! Thanks for this giveaway.
    red.admiral@libero.it

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