Saturday, April 16, 2011

It's giveaway time. Who wants a crafty/handmade care package?

I have accumulated a lot of stuff lately and I haven't been able to use things up or get them listed in my Etsy store. It's perfectly usable and pretty and nice stuff; and a lot of it is supplies-oriented. But right now I am basically drowning in crafty supplies with neither the space nor the inspiration to actually use them myself. I have a lot of eco-dyed fat quarter pieces and threads, handmade by me antler buttons, vintage fabric yardage and remnants, beads and buttons, batting and stuffing both natural and synthetic, ribbons and trims and tapes and cords galore, and commercial clothing and craft patterns that I don't think I really need anymore. (And Mom, if you're reading this, no, I am not talking about the patterns I borrowed from you. Those I will use and hopefully soon.)

The most sensible thing to do would be to list it all in my Etsy store and try to get some $ out of it all. Etsy, however, is a humongous time-sink as far as listing things, though, and I just don't have the patience for it right now. I'm also not happy with where Etsy seems to be going lately in privacy-policy land and actually taking care of its users, both sellers and buyers. I loathe the ubiquitousness of Facebook and its total disregard for security/privacy/etc. and Etsy seems to be using an identical business platform lately. So, ya, there's that, as well.

I think I need to get rid of some shit both literally and metaphorically in order for my crafting/creating life (and life in general) to get back on track. I am not willing, however, to just throw it all in the gar-bahj to get rid of it as it is perfectly usable, pretty and nice. I also, apparently, need to work on straightening out some sort of karmic imbalance as this week totally sucked for me. Here's where *you* come in. I am willing to pay shipping for up to five $5.20 flat rate USPS boxes (small box - 8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8") filled with a variety of crafty supplies to be mailed some time next weekend to awesome people who comment on this post. I will use Random.org to decide upon the winners depending upon how many comments I get here. All included items will be washed, clean and relatively neat and orderly (as in not a knotted, rolled up, wadded mess that you have to sort, but also not overly tidy unless I really get a bug up my butt about fitting as much stuff as I physically can into each package). I make no promises that any included fabrics will be pressed before mailing, though.If you are one of my friends who reads via my Facebook profile feed, you can also enter the giveaway by commenting there. Commenting both places will not garner more entries for you.



Items may include but are not limited to:

Completed jewelry, polymer beads and pendants, pretty jewelry bits (I have some pretty awesome mokume gane technique, cosmic looking beads and pendants I have never photographed but love to bits)


Embellished and/or dyed strips and pieces of fabrics similar to those below


Hand-dyed and naturally-dyed fabrics


Ceramics I have made (I may actually give away one or two of these as larger packages and stuff the vessels with odds and ends as well as the rest of the box, but it depends upon finances.)

Handspun fabric yarn

Possibly some handmade by me clothing items and/or accessories depending upon your style and size

Pretty fabric yardage both vintage and contemporary

Pre-cut patchwork quilt pieces

Butter-soft sueded leather pieces

Glass, wood, brass and bone beads

Old-fashioned, big cones of sewing thread

Sheet music and other paper ephemera

Various shells and bones and sticks and stones I have collected magpie-style over the last two years

Vintage dishware similar to what is currently available in my shop (heck, I might even pull some things from there to mail to you I am that unhappy with Etsy right now and that desperate to get things out of the house)

A lot more things that aren't readily coming to mind right now...
Seriously, this isn't just crap stuff. Which is why I won't just throw it away. But I need to get it out of my house, out of my headspace, and into the world to some other person(s) who will actually use it or just enjoy having it around. If you leave a comment and have a blog, Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest or whatever-else I can use to pseudo-stalk you I will try to tailor what I include in your package to what I see that you like and use. 

Oh, also, each package will contain at least one hand-written, handmade thank you card or letter or postcard of either paper or fabric. 





Lotsa love y'all, I'm gonna go try to get some sleep.

2 comments:

  1. I need to learn how to balance life and crafting too. I have a lot of free time right now since I left my job but I left it to be a stay at home mom... and I feel kinda bad if I'm not chillin' with my lil one and trying to craft instead. Getting things to balance is hard sometimes!
    And I hear you about etsy... soooooo time consuming! I'm trying to look into other outlets but it's not like there are a lot of good options out there.
    I would absolutely LOVE to win one of your packages! You have some of the most amazing and creative pieces! I can't believe you're parting with any of it!

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  2. I would love a chance to win too!


    liamsamuel @ gmail.com (no spaces).

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