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Minimalist Parenting Downloadable Ebook Giveaway!

Minimalist Parenting Co-Authors Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest

Happy Wednesday! I know I promised a free printable for today (which I promise to have tomorrow!), but we ended up going to a last minute birthday dinner for a family friend and I didn’t have time to pull it all together properly. You understand, right? I love writing for this blog, but sometimes life throws some surprises to which I just have to say yes. 🙂

However, I have some wonderful news to share! I got an email yesterday from the lovely Mrs. Asha Dornfest. She is providing one lucky Paperseed reader with a free downloadable e-copy of her brand new book Minimalist Parenting! If you read what I wrote here, or read her blog Parent Hacks, then you know that I am a big fan and that this book is filled with quality information and tactics on modern parenting without all the fuss and bother (well, at least ways to minimize the fuss and bother!). I am really enjoying my copy and I know that you would, too!

Just leave a comment here on this post before Friday at 5pm PST. The lucky winner will be chosen using random.org and notified via email (so be sure to provide one). Since the prize is digital, this giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere. Best of luck!

Update: Charlotte is the Minimalist Parenting Ebook giveaway winner! I will be emailing you shortly with the code. Congratulations!!!

 


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Spring Flowerpot Makeover + Elmer’s Paint Markers Giveaway!

Leave a comment on this post before midnight tonight, April 4th, for your chance to win a set of Elmer’s Paint Markers and a $25 Walmart gift card. See details below!

A couple weeks ago I was approached about doing an Elmer’s product review and giveaway. My reply? Yes! I’ve always wanted to do a product review, and you know how I love art supplies! With the arrival of springtime, blooming plants, and sunshine, I figured a painted pot project would be just the thing!

To begin the project, I stopped by to a local thrift shop to pick up a pot. Hmm… which lucky pot would be going home with me? How about this one:

It would be perfect for our front porch. I brought it home for a little TLC, including a thorough scrubbing and a coat of semi-gloss white paint.

Then my Elmer’s Paint Markers arrived. Wow! These are not like any paint marker I’ve ever used. The colors are bright and the flow is just right. At first I kept doodling test sketches of flowers, but then I realized a friendly greeting might be more appropriate for near the front door.

Like any paint, you have to shake the pens before using. To get the paint flowing, you depress the tip on a dry surface. I had a piece of paper to do this on before I painted the pot. I was pleased to see that the marker caps were true indicators of the paint color, and that they fit snugly – not only is the product protected from drying out, but I don’t have to worry about my little ones being able to open them without my supervision. They are also non-toxic, acid-free and fast drying. I was able to lay down the green lines and then draw the blue letters on top shortly after. I did go over the filled-in areas a second time, just to ensure a solid coat. Over all, I was pleasantly surprised. I can see many possible future uses for these little pens!

What do you think? Want to paint your own flower pot, or have some other project in mind where paint markers would be handy? Then you’re in luck because this post includes a giveaway!

Enter to win a set of Elmer’s Painters AND a $25 Walmart gift card!

To enter, leave a comment below (or by clicking “comments” under the title above to add your comment). That’s it! Yay!

More details: This is not a paid review. I was simply given a pack of markers to try, which I sincerely enjoyed. Winner will receive a 5-pack of medium Tip sherbet swirl painters which includes: Ocean, Lilac, Citron, Coral and Tangerine, AND a $25 Walmart gift card. This contest is open to residents of the US and must be 18 years or older. Giveaway ends on Thursday, April 4 at midnight PST. Winner will be drawn on April 5 using random.org. Please be sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!


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Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on the Valentine Idea: Day 8 – Hair Accessories + Giveaway! post. There were twice as many comments as I expected!

And the winner is… Kerry! Kerry please be sure to email me your address to paperseed [at] gmail [dot] com, so I can send out your hair clips. They may even arrive just in time for Nora’s birthday, although it looks like she’s got about as much hair as my little one! They’ll be perfect for next Valentine’s day, though. Congratulations! 🙂


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Valentine Idea: Day 8 – Hair Accessories + Giveaway!

Hair Accessories + Giveaway – If only I could get my baby to grow more hair, she might be wearing a set of these conversation heart hair clips some day. For now, I’ll just have fun making them. And guess what? One lucky reader gets to keep them! Just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday the 13th. Want to make your own hair clips? It’s easy! Here’s a link to my hair clip tutorial. If you’re not the crafty type, below are links to several adorable handmade hair accessories available on Etsy.


Heart Ponytail Holders (set of 2)


Love is in the air – pony and clip set


Wool Felt Hearts Hair Clips


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Hair Clip Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who left comments on the hair clip giveaway, and congratulations to Karisa! Karisa, please email me your address to paperseed [at] gmail and I will send it out later this week!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. We pretty much stayed home, ran some errands, had dinner with friends, and (mostly David) did some work around the house. Chloe got to soak up a little sun in short spurts outside and we all took a nice long walk through the neighborhood yesterday. There is so much promise in the flowers and plants bursting out all over. Our rhubarb is quickly becoming fat with leaves and stalks, and David and I took some time to tie up our raspberry canes for the year. Soon it will be warm enough to plant seasonal vegetables – I can’t wait!


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Felt Flower Hair Clip Giveaway!

I finally found some time to make some new hair clips! These are just so fun. I can’t wait until Chloe has enough hair. Meanwhile it gives me plenty of time to build up my stash, since I’ve been giving most away as little gifts. I also decided to add a few to my sorely neglected etsy shop, and included a couple with matching cards:


Would you like to win the white felt flower hair clip in the top photo? Leave a comment below on this post and I’ll announce a random winner next weekend. Good Luck!


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Welcome (giveaway)!

Welcome to my new blog address! After much deliberation, I’ve finally decided to make the move to host my own site. It is far from being finished, but I realized that if I waited until it was “just right” I’d never make the switch. So, expect it to be under construction for a while. Probably forever. 🙂

As I’m sure all my regular readers noticed, my life and my blog posts have taken a decidedly maternal bent. Being a new mother has propelled me into all kinds of baby issues, from diapering to toys to parenting, and I’m coping with the general elation and struggles that come with that territory. Then there is the other me, the graphic designer, crafty gal, gentle soul, who likes to try new recipes, take photos, explore, make things and just be me. Juggling part-time work (even from home) and a baby is no small feat, but I’d like to try and carve out more time for my own personal projects and pursuits. We’ll see how it all pans out. I hope you will join me in finding out.

P.S. To help make the transition, I’ll be having several fun giveaways during the month of March. The first one starts today for the set of 3 notebooks shown above. Printed on recycled paper, the set includes a date book, an address book and a handy notebook, all measuring 4×6″. Designed by Defteling and beautifully printed by Brown Printing. Just leave a comment below for a chance to win. Two lucky recipients will be chosen at random in a weeks time (sorry, this particular giveaway is only for North America, but I will have world-wide giveaways later).

Love,
Emily


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2009 "Green" Desk Calendar Giveaway


A sample view showing the different flower and plant images, and the plastic display holder.

I have (3) beautiful 2009 desk calendars to give away. Each has been printed by BB Print Source using 100% clean wind generated electricity, vegetable-based inks, and 100% post consumer recycled card stock. To participate, continue reading…

Obviously my life changed has changed dramatically since Chloe’s birth and it is no surprise that she is all I want to write about now. That said, I’ve been thinking about starting another blog, more geared to the mother I am now, including my thoughts on raising a child and my experiences with baby products. I hope to post about other things too, but I feel like now is a good time to start fresh somewhere else.

I’m also trying to think of possible web site names. Sadly, Paperseed.com is already taken. My favorite alternate so far is Paperseed Baby, but I’m afraid both Chloe and I will out grow it in a couple years. I also like Paperseed Blog, but I feel like specifically calling it a blog might be limiting, too. Other possibilities might be Paperseed Kid, Paperseed Ink, etc.

For a chance to win a calendar, I’d appreciate any comment with your thoughts on the new (possible) blog, your choice/suggestion for a new web site name, or anything else you feel like saying. I’ll use the generator at random.org to pick the winners early next week. Thanks and good luck!


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Crafty Giveaway Pendant Winners

I’m barely scooting this post in before midnight, but I wanted to announce that the winners of the pendant giveaway are Joy, Karen, and Jen. Congratulations! David drew the names earlier, but then we had a friend over for dinner and I got wrapped up in making the most AMAZING buttermilk chocolate cake I have ever had (more about that later). Actually, I had just planned on one draw, but it was a bit anti-climactic, so I had him draw two more names – thus the three winners! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and I hope to have more to share very soon!

 After some delayed consideration, and even though their names weren’t pulled in the drawing by David, I would also like to offer a pendant to Tracy, Rachel, and Sarah Jackson, who were among the very first blogs I ever visited and enjoyed, and who have been long-time commenters, almost since the beginning. Thank you guys for being such wonderful support and inspirations to my blog world.


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Crafty Giveaway

I’ve been having fun designing and making plastic pendants lately. I love combining colors and shapes and patterns into these little (mostly) 1″x 1″ works. You can kind of see what’s been on my mind lately – birds, patchwork, snowflakes, leaves and flowers. I don’t tend to wear much jewelry myself, but I like how necklaces can provide just the right amount of polish and character every now and then. Anyway, I hope you guys like them. To celebrate recently reaching my 250th post and to thank everyone who stops by my little blog, I’m holding my first crafty giveaway!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. That’s it! On Friday I’ll announce a winner by having David draw a name. The winner will get to chose a pendant from the selection shown above, and I’ll attach it to a leather cord for wearing. Be sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact the winner for a shipping address. Thanks for visiting and good luck!

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