Sunday, November 24, 2013

My First Giveaway - Cute and Cozy Mittens!!

I have had a few companies approach me about doing a giveaway on my blog, but I'm not interested in promoting businesses with whom I have no relationship with, or from whom I would not purchase anything.  Then I received a message through Facebook from a young woman living here in London named Jennie Gibbons, who makes the loveliest mittens, offering me a pair of her creations to give away on my blog.  Since I am hopeless at anything related to sewing or crafting, I have great respect for those who are talented in that respect.  Jennie sells her mittens under the name Sew Deer, and asked if I would like to work with her to custom design a pair that I could give away to a lucky reader.  I think we did a marvelous job - Jennie chose the colours,  and I gave her the quote.  We both decided that a cat in a top hat was awesome.

 
We met for a coffee, and I got to know a bit more about her.  She is as sweet as her mittens, and in addition to being an avid crafter, she also works at Mine 101 and volunteers at Women's Community House. 

The actual colour of the mittens is somewhere between the colour in the photo above and the one where Jennie is wearing them.  Crappy indoor lighting - Grrrr.

The mittens are made from recycled wool coats and blankets, and are lined with fleece or flannel.  Jennie creates the designs and embroiders them on the mittens by hand.  A coordinating pom pom is the finishing touch.   The mittens sell for $30 a pair, and as she will also do custom orders, I asked if she would make a special pair for me.....

I love my Forest City Fashionista mittens!!!  I suggested the colour and the words, and Jennie added the rat. We received a huge dump of snow here this weekend, and the temperatures plummeted to below zero, so I'll be wearing them soon.

So here's how it works - leave a comment on this post, and if you have a Facebook account, please "like" Jennie's facebook page for her business (not a requirement for entry, just a nice supportive thing to do).  On November 30th I will put everyone's name who wants to be part of the giveaway in a hat and draw a winner, who will be notified by email and on my blog.  As an FYI, the mittens are one size, (medium to large) and are toasty warm! 

Jennie also sells her mittens on Etsy here

24 comments:

  1. Although I have no use for mittens, unfortunately, I adore these! She is an artist after my own heart, what with her use of upcycled materials etc. Your mittens are amazing, too. I wish her all the best with her wonderful creations, and I applaud you for featuring her. She's a gem. Plus, with a smile like that, what's not to love. :-)

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  2. They are darling!!! And she is darling! I, too, love that she is upcycling!

    XO
    Lynn

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  3. How lovely! I adore those and wish the best for her business. I'll go check her page out. :D

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  4. Super cute! and I love that it is recycled materials.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  5. The mittens are a delight. They would be so much fun when I'm out walking our Westie on a cold snowy day( even with a cat in a top hat).

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  6. I love mittens, they are so much warmer than gloves and I've lost one of mine! I love these, the colour, the pom poms and the lovely Jennie posing in them! xxx

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  7. Your own personalised mittens, with Fred on them too! Jennie's creations are lovely, and isn't she adorable?
    Some of the requests I get through for promotions are hilarious; completely inappropriate, and clear evidence that whoever sent it cannot possibly have read my blog! The ones offering to write my content for me are the most amusing... Err, I think I can do that myself, thanks! xxxx

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  8. I was fortunate enough to see Sew Deer at the Green Christmas sale this past weekend, the mittens are very well made and so cute!

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  9. The mittens are adorable! It's just turned cold in my neck of the woods, so these would be much appreciated and used! Thanks for introducing Jennie's work, I've liked her facebook page too!!

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  10. Love these mittens. Upcycling factor a great plus… would love to win these to keep me warm this winter.

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  11. Your new mittens featuring Fred are FANTASTIC!!

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  12. I LOVE her mittens. I bought a pair because I could not resist at the Rag Bag Bazaar and they are adorable! I would love to have this pair ... I love love love her "cat" themes ;)

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  13. i first saw sew dear's mittens at the Green Christmas artisan fair this past Saturday and love the style. they're going to make it on to our gift giving list for several people this christmas :)

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  14. ooooo i love sew deer. i live in atlantic canada and saw someone with sew deer mittens. i wish she would come out here for a local craft show. keep up the great work

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  15. Aw, what a clever wee love!
    Count me in, baby cakes!
    I love how you nose out the most wonderfully creative individuals! XXX

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  16. Count me in! Love the mitts and yours too!

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  17. Sign me up, Shelley. The Forest City Fashionista mittens are so unique and look cozy! Off to check out Jennie's sites.

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  18. Real cute mittens Shelley - She seems like a nice girl -
    I would love a Style Sud-est style mittens!

    Arianexo

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  19. Super fun-- they look like they'll be really warm!

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  20. These are adorable! My friend told me about them.. I also love that they have kittehs on them!

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  21. Mittens! That's the best way to keep your hands warm when it's cold. And these are beautiful!

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  22. I Got to see her mittens at The Rag Bag Bazaar! Love Love Love Them! As I was taking a breather I heard a gaggle of women gushing about the pairs they bought. Way to go Sew Deer!!! Does Sophie the wonder dog need a coat? Indeed she does!

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