Thursday, April 17, 2014

GIVEAWAY 6: Mary Kay

It's pamper yourself week on Sparkles!! Here is another awesome giveaway to make ya' feel pretty. 

I have been a Mary Kay user as long as I can remember. My mom has sold it forever, so I always had an awesome assortment of every shade and shadow.

Since today is Thursday, I've decided to make it a "Throwback Thursday" and show you some never-before-shared wedding photos. All of my bridesmaids and I got ready together in my mom's amazing craft studio and my mom helped us do our makeup.

We all had a very natural, effortless beauty that day and what I will always remember is how calm and serene the whole day was. I feel you can see it on our faces.

Because my mom is the best, she's offered to give away a Mary Kay compact filled with three eye shadows, a blush and a brush. Who wants to feel pretty?! 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Giveaway 5: Nski Beauty

Okay, we've had a great bag, some wine glasses, adorable accessories and some crafty about a little somethin' else to make you feel fancy?? 

Hello darlings! I'm Ann Marie and I'm the face of Nski Beauty
One thing I believe strongly in is pampering yourself whenever you can. Something its as simple as a richly scented lotion, a new pair of shoes or even a fresh manicure can make your week! A fresh manicure always makes me feel so girly and put together. 

Now, not everyone can afford a trip to a salon every week but it's easy to give your self one right from the comfort of your own home! I do it every Sunday. Not only does it give me time to relax and think but I also have amazing looking nails after that help me carry on through the week.

So what perfect items to give away then the things that can bring you inner peace and make you feel utterly girly at the same time? Your goodie bag comes equipped with a travel size nail polish remover, nail file, a moisturizing lotion, two pastel nail polishes and an eye shadow brush to clean up your cuticles for a clean and fresh manicure!

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If you win you could create like this sweet Easter ombre featured on Nski Beauty!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GIVEAWAY 4: Stampin' Up

So we started with Thirty-One, and then Silver Pumpkin Designs joined the party...I'm not sure, can you handle another giveaway? Meet Pattie from Stampin' Up! 

Hello my name is Pattie and I have an addiction.  I am addicted to crafting!! I can't stop myself, though, admittedly, I no longer try.  While I enjoy many different crafts my greatest love is card making, which is what drew me to Stampin' Up!  Stampin' Up! is an amazing company that puts creativity at your fingertips.  They carry a full range of papercrafting products including stamps, ink, paper, punches, and SO much more.  The best part, everything coordinates beautifully!  The creative process couldn't be any easier!

I'd like to tell you about everything Stampin' Up! carries, but that could take days so I'm going to focus on some of my current favorites.  Stampin' Up! is offering some really fun project kits.  These are great because they come with everything you need (except adhesive) to complete a project.   My favorite project kit available right now is this super cute Spring wreath.

It's easy to put together and offers a refreshing burst of color as these dreary days continue to drag on.  I've had mine hanging in the hallway for a few weeks in hopes of it attracting some Spring like weather - I'll keep hoping! 

Another one of my favorite kits is Paper Pumpkin.  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service that brings a box of creativity to your front door.  Each month you receive a box full of goodies to create a fun and unique project.  The projects vary and include mini banners, gift bags, journals, and of course, cards.  

You'll get the stamps, ink, embellishments, paper, whatever you need and everything is cut, measured, and ready to use.  You'll also get pictures of project ideas to create with your supplies.  You can copy Stampin' Up!'s ideas or you can customize your project any way you'd like.  Paper Pumpkin is perfect for both new and experienced crafters since the ideas/instructions are included, but are only limited by your imagination.  All of the projects are designed to be completed in 30 minutes or less so you get the perfect creative outlet without taking too much time.  Best of all, you can grab a few friends and all subscribe then work on your projects together! Check out Paper Pumpkin today!  

Another product that is a MUST for me to have on hand is the Note Cards.  They are cute 3 1/2 by 5 inch cards that come with envelopes.  They easily pair with any stamp set to offer a quick solution to card making.  I'm a big Thank You note writer so I love using the "Lots of Thanks" set for the perfect thank you for any occasion.  
The note cards are great for making quick and easy cards that are sure to impress on any occasion.  

Because I want to share the Stampin' Up love with you Sparkles & Crafts fans, I'm giving away a set of note cards, the Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set, and a stampin' spot ink pad.  

Want to see all the great stuff Stampin' Up! offers?  Shop now!  Place an order during the month of April and enter hostess code NS7UKWZA at checkout to be entered to win a set of 4 hand stamped note cards. 
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GIVEAWAY 3: Blueberry Circus

The awesome thing about this giveaway is a few weeks ago, I would have laughed if you told me it were true. Sara was a good friend of mine from my family's summer home in Cheboygan, Michigan and I haven't talked to her in TWELVE YEARS! She just found me on Facebook in the last few weeks and I'm thrilled she's able to join us this month with an awesome giveaway of her fun products! 

Hi Everyone! ☺My name is Sara and I am the owner/designer of an accessory line I’ve named Blueberry Circus. It’s comprised of a fun assortment of hair ties, hair pins, rings, and earrings created out of buttons I cover with fabric. I try to incorporate a variety of fun and funky fabric styles to match any personality. 

I started making accessories as an outlet for my creativity. The 9-5 grind was getting a little dull and I wanted, well I should say needed, to start doing something that I enjoyed. I have always loved creating jewelry for myself, but I struggled to find something that I felt that I could market and sell as a product. I discovered the idea to make fabric button earrings while browsing Pinterest and I got the supplies to make a few pairs for myself and friends. They were a hit!  Since then I’ve expanded to making hair ties, hair pins, and rings. My accessories are so much fun to create and I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do. ☺ 

For my giveaway you will win a large button hair tie with a flower pattern and a set of leopard print earrings. 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

GIVEAWAY 2: Silver Pumpkin Designs

You thought the Thirty-One giveaway was awesome? It ends tomorrow, but this awesome giveaway starts TODAY! Everyone, meet Joni and her design company Silver Pumpkin Designs. 

Hi everyone! I'm Joni, one of the co-creators of Silver Pumpkin Designs

I'm sure everyone has heard the motto, if you love what you do, then you'll never work a day in your life! That statement couldn't be more true; my job is truly a labor of love. From wedding invites, save the dates, shower invites, birth announcements, birthday invites, favor tags, cupcake tags, candy bar wrappers, you name it, I can create it! I whole heartedly believe events are more memorable when attention is paid to the small details that make them unique. With the help of Etsy I've been able to reach more customers and design for many different events. I love being able to make other peoples visions come to life! If you're planning a shower, birthday party or getting married, look no further than Silver Pumpkin Designs! We'll be sure to make your special day is even more memorable!  

I'm so thrilled Jess asked me to be a guest blogger!! I've known Jess since college and being able to watch her family grow, view her house renovations and enjoying her overall outspokenness through her blog has been not only entertaining but inspiring. 

In celebration of me being able to share my work to Jess's followers I've decided to create these adorable Spring inspired wine glasses, the lucky winner will receive all 4! I've created these for brunches, showers and a bachelorette parties and they've always been a big hit! These glasses are sealed and recommended they be hand washed only. They'll soon be added as an item in my Etsy store

Thanks again Jess for this opportunity and I hope you all take a moment to visit my Facebook page or Etsy store
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

GIVEAWAY 1: Thirty-One

If you're a regular reader, you know I am a big brand advocate. I find brands that I love and stick with them, because they just work!

Well, the last eleven months (?!!) I've been using a Vera Bradley Messenger style diaper bag and it worked well and was so adorable. But, I'm a girl and I love to accessorize so having the same bag all the time left me wanting something new to try.

A friend is a consultant for Thirty-One and that is how I met my new diaper bag. I would like you to meet her too, but first I have to tell you something: I will be buying this bag for every baby shower I ever go to for the rest of my life. Because every mom needs this bag. That is how beautifully it organizes your things. 

It is called the Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote and even at full price, it's only $35. You could buy TWO! Want to see how much stuff it holds?

 All of this!!! What is it?? From left to right:

  • Changing pad
  • Cloth wipes / spray bottle with wipes solution
  • Disposable wet bags in dispenser (because I never remember a wet bag. Note: it is not pictured...because I forgot it.) 
  • CJ's Butter Stick
  • Bibs
  • Organizer for coupons
  • Checkbook
  • Tylenol (Infant) 
  • Billy shoes (because they never stay on his feet) 
  • Sippy
  • Cheerios
  • Toy
  • Norwex travel sized enviro cloths - these are great instead of disposable antibacterial wipes to wipe down tables/high chairs at restaurants before and after dining!
  • Sunglasses (Billy and Mommy)
  • Wallet
  • Diapers! I prefer to 'travel' with pocket and AIO style diapers. It makes changes on the go that much faster! 
  • Water bottle
  • "Mommy stuff" - lip glosses/lipsticks, chap stick, gum, Tylenol and hand cream
  • Spare outfit for Billy
There are so many pockets on this bag!!! They are all on the OUTSIDE so on the INSIDE things aren't squished. You open the bag and BAM! Everything you're looking for is in plain sight. 

Plus, no matter how much you stuff the main compartment of the bag, it doesn't lose it's shape. My other diaper bag became embarrassingly overstuffed if I came close to trying to carry this much in it. Usually if I was taking a trip more than a few hours out of the house I needed to bring a second bag just for diapers. (Because that makes sense, right??) That bag always looked like it needed a diet. This bag always holds true to form, no matter how many things I have crammed inside of it. 

So this is an amazing bag for cloth diapered littles because it is so spacious, but I know how teeny disposables are. Guess what? Thrity-One has a bag perfect for disposable-using mamas and my consultant Jen is GIVING ONE AWAY to a Sparkles & Crafts reader this week! 

Meet the Keep It Caddy
The little sister of my Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote, the Keep It Caddy is wonderful for short trips out of the house to keep all things mama and baby sweetly organized and safe. Or use it as your regular diaper bag to travel light!

Want to order one of each? Follow this link and mention me (JESS BEDSOLE) as hostess at checkout when you place your order with Jen! 

All of the Thirty-One bags are made of quality materials and come in an assortment of fun patterns! We use a Large Utility Tote to shop for groceries. I can load everything from the checkout into the bag, straight into my car, and straight into my house. I love it!!! 

Now, do you want to win some Thirty-One or what? Simply follow the Rafflecopter below: 
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dreamy Craft Studio

I really wanted to wait to post this until April 1 with the month of giveaways...but I couldn't wait. It's just too wonderful. 

While I should apologize for this post's photo-heaviness, I'm not going to because I feel every photo deserves to be here. 

Welcome to my mom's craft studio. 

My friends like to joke that the creators of Pinterest met my mom, and then created Pinterest because she is Pinterest, but human. 

She is an avid crafter, quilter, embroiderer, card maker, scrapbooker, and knitter. Basically you name the craft and my mom can do it while dancing circles around you.

What my mom takes most pride in is utilizing every object to the fullest. You know how chefs like to use the "Nose to tail" mentality? My mom likes to use anything she finds as a storage vessel for something crafty. But not without spray painting it and covering it with perfectly matched paper. See what I mean?
These are soup and veggie cans, reinvented.
TOP: Mason Jars filled with ribbons
She also loves to use inexpensive storage solutions to keep everything in proper order.
RASKOG Kitchen Cart? Nah, perfect for pens and paper cutters!
Simple paper organizer from Staples
This metal utility cart houses her Cricut cutter well, but with all the additional "S" hooks on the sides she gains twice the amount of available storage space. A simple plastic drawer unit organizes a stash of paper and card stock.
Metal utility cart houses her Cricut cutter nicely. 
 ALEX, another great IKEA find, holds her serger on top and houses her needles, thread and some embroidery hoops below.
Think you've seen it all? She's not done yet. She attached hooks to the side of her sewing table with cute little buckets to house her shears.
Obviously, no craft room is complete without a terrier.
Absolutely everything has a place, and everything is labeled appropriately so there is no question what you will find inside every drawer, shelf and jar. 
 She even decorates the space with flair! Glass pitchers are filled with ribbons and an up cycled pickle jar (with spray painted top to tie it into the space) holds silk flower petals for a splash of fun color.
One of her favorite sayings is "Spray paint is your friend!" – You can tie anything together in a space with a little spray paint. If you have odds and ends of jars or containers that don't match, spray paint all of the tops for a unified look.

As if the 650 square feet of craft Mecca wasn't enough, then you experience the "sewing closet".
Are you drooling yet? I used to live here and I still swoon when I walk into this room.