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May Birthday Giveaway: lollipop collection from This Charming Candy

lollipops from This Charming Candy

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I have sweet stuff to give away. This Charming Candy is awesomely offering any one of their lollipop collections to the lucky winner. The company is made up of two lovely ladies, Susan and Kate, and the lollipops are all made by hand here in Seattle. The flavors are carefully tested by panels of tasters (I had the luck to be one once) so only the best surface. And the lollipops are beautiful! After seeing them all lined up at the CakeSpy Shop I nearly wanted to buy a bunch to decorate my dining room table. You can choose between any of their collections: Fruit Basket (their newest), Spice Rack, Celebration Time, Adventurer’s Pack and Breakfast Tray. I must try that Salted Caramel flavor, oh, and the Tangerine-Clove too. I see sugar in my immediate future.

You want some candy? Of course you do! To win please leave a comment with this entry and if you’d like something to chat about (I love reading all the comments) answer this question: What was your favorite candy when you were a kid? I liked spice drops at Christmastime. There I said it, I was a weird child! Your turn, you’ve got until Wednesday, June 1st at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thanks for entering!

· comments [440] · 05-31-2011 · categories:food ·

May Birthday Giveaway: soaps from Product Body

soaps from Product Body

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’ve got something that will help you clean up, a three pack of soaps from Product Body. The soaps, from top to bottom, are Tea Party “A wonderful scent that evokes memories of lazy summers, Tea Party is like drinking honey-sweetened iced tea with lemon beside a patch of honeysuckle.” Cubano “A shot of steaming Cuban espresso with chocolate shavings, served with vanilla bourbon, a sprinkle of cardamom and a dollop of cream. Made with real cocoa.” Alabaster Sea Salt + Coconut Milk Bar “A pure white bar made with Pacific sea salt, there are no added scents or colors, just oils, sea salt and coconut milk to build copious amounts of lather and leave you incredibly soft.” Is anybody else hungry right now? I’ve previously used Joanna’s Crush On You sugar scrub and found it to be perfection. Joanna is also offering a discount to Not Martha readers, that’s you! Use NOTMARTHA15 for 15% off. Thanks Joanna! (Valid through June 15th, one coupon per customer.)

To win these excellent soaps please leave a comment with this entry, and if you’d like something to talk about answer this question: What are your fragrance notes in soaps and perfumes? I always go for citrus scents first. Green scents are my next favorite, I’m definitely a fan of the things that smell very fresh. Your turn, you’ve got until Wednesday, June 1st at 10 a.m. PST to enter (I’m giving this one a longer entry time as I didn’t realize I’d scheduled it on a holiday weekend, oops!), the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thank you for entering!

· comments [400] · 05-30-2011 · categories:beauty ·

May Birthday Giveaway: lovely tea towels from mirror mirror

tea towels from the mirror mirror shop

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’ve got a set of colorful Atelier LZC Tea Towels from the mirror mirror shop, which currently spans both the UK and the US. I known Paola because I read that she moved with her family from London to my old neighborhood here in Seattle so I sent her a very long email describing where I thought the best food shops and parks were. Happily she didn’t think I was a crazy person and I’ve had an excuse to visit my old home, including this one bakery that makes good soups, ever since. I absolutely love the way she has curated what is offered in her shop, and I continue to have a crush on the stacking egg cups which are, if you’ll allow me, the most practical of all egg cups I’ve seen.

f you’d like these two lovely French-designed tea towels to grace your kitchen please leave a comment with this entry, and if you’d like something to chat about (I love reading all the comments) answer this question: Have you ever been to a high tea? I have, twice, and I have to say I found the little sandwiches confounding each time. Your turn, you’ve got until Saturday, May 28th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thanks for entering!

· comments [387] · 05-27-2011 · categories:shopping ·

May Birthday Giveaway: Embroidery Companion

Embroidery Companion

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’m tickled to have a copy of Alicia Paulson’s second book Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living to give to one lucky winner. Alicia is one of those people I’ve known online for almost as long as I’ve had an internet connection, and whom I’m happy to say is just as awesome and warm in person, and I adore the love and care she puts into all her work. Her take on embroidery shows a fondness for the past but has a modern and cheerful way about it. She also has a delightful blog, Posie Gets Cozy where she talks about food, dogs, gardening and the joys of hammocks. And she produces patterns for sewing, crochet and embroidery as well as offering the occasional carefully compiled craft kits which sell out crazy fast, her latest was the Daisychain ABC Sampler, and I love her felt Christmas ornaments. You can find everything at her online shop Rosy Little Things.

If you’d like to win the copy of Embroidery Companion please leave a comment with this post and, if you’d like, answer this question: What is the first craft you remember doing? Though my mother has evidence of earlier creations the first thing I remember was using cut fruit as stamps to decorate t-shirts on a rainy afternoon during a vacation. Your turn, you’ve got until Friday, May 27th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thank you so much for entering!

· comments [349] · 05-26-2011 · categories:books · craft ·

May Birthday Giveaway: Gluten-free Girl and the Chef

gluten-free girl and the chef

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’ve got a copy of Gluten-free Girl and the Chef to give away, it was written by Shauna and Danny Ahern who do the site titled, you’ve perhaps guessed, Gluten-free Girl and the Chef. I talked about Shauna’s first book a few years back when I spent the day being gluten-free and discovered gluten is everywhere, including my toothpaste and my hair product. At the time I met Shauna I knew one person who had celiac, and since then I’ve met many more. It seems like every one of those I’ve met has gone through a struggle with what they cannot eat anymore and this is where Shauna comes in, she is a generous, happy, glowing soul who focuses instead on all the goodness one can uncover while eating gluten-free and she shares that. This book was written after she married Danny, the chef in the title (and one awesome guy, if I may say so), and the book covers a love story (romantic sigh) and lots of recipes and beautiful inspiring photos.

Do you live gluten-free or know somebody who does? Then this book is one you’ll want. To enter please leave a comment with this entry and, if you’d like something to talk about (I love reading all the stories!), here is a question to answer: Do you know somebody with celiac? I’ll go first: When I was living in San Francisco I learned about the disease from a co-worker who had been diagnosed earlier that year, it was completely new to me. Now it seems that a startling number of people I know have celiac. Alright, you’ve got until Thursday, May 26th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies and as always good luck! Closed, thank you for entering!

· comments [359] · 05-25-2011 · categories:books · food ·

May Birthday Giveaway: jewelry from Dave Sheely Designs

Dave Sheely Designs!

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’ve got two pairs of earrings and one hilarious ring from Dave Sheely Designs for one lucky person. Dave knows his resins and uses only the highest quality in his jewelry, they don’t discolor over time, don’t shatter, and are scratch resistant (which means a bright orange ring I have of his has stayed as lovely and shiny as the day Scott gifted it to me!). Each of his pieces is hand colored and polished, and since Dave is a friend I can tell you a whole lot of care goes into each one. His designs combine bright colors and a sense of humor and often incorporate beach glass or tiny objects meticulously placed, take a look at his Floating Red Gemstone, or the Crystal Esther Ring to see some of my favorites. Today I’ve got two pairs of textured earrings, one set of orange discs and one set of teal shapes (these earrings are super lightweight, I’ve held some), and one “Ring Finger Ring” (size 9) which is made to flip and point on it’s own. Oh gosh that is so weird, I want one.

If you’d like to win this fabulous set of jewelry from Dave Sheely Designs please leave a comment with this post and, if you’d like something to talk about, answer this question: Have you ever lost a favorite piece of jewelry? I have, in high school I had a favorite chunky silver ring that held a particular sort of teenage symbolism for me. I lost it in the dressing room of a TJ Maxx while trying on prom dresses. I was heartbroken. Ever since then I tend to obsessively check to make sure my jewelry is in place (and it’s also one big reason I didn’t want a real diamond in my engagement/wedding ring). Ok, you’ve got until Wednesday, May 25th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies, good luck! Closed, thanks so much for entering!

· comments [238] · 05-24-2011 · categories:shopping ·

May Birthday Giveaway: a CSA share from Juniper Moon Farm

Juniper Moon Fiber Farm

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’m thrilled to say that Juniper Moon Farm has offered a Yarn CSA for one lucky reader, the 2012 Spring Shearing worth $175 (that’s some serious yarn). The Yarn CSA works like a farm CSA but instead you get a yield of the scrumptious yarn that is produced from the sheep and goats they lovingly raise. Juniper Moon Farm is amazing run by a small group of people who are dedicated to what they do and are fantastic about sharing what is going on with share holders, visitors, and readers of their blog. The farm was started by Susan, whom I’ve followed since she started (back then it was the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm, which you might remember if you’ve been reading my site long enough) and I’m astounded and so pleased to watch how it’s grown. If you’re not already I encourage you to read the blog, follow along as lambs are born in the spring on the LambCams, see what the farm dogs are up to, you can attend shearing day and even stay at the farm for a week or long weekend. It’s really amazing to watch the farm work all year and then find yarn at your door that reflects all of the care and attention that they put into it. I just want to hug the whole farm. The blog isn’t just about the farm, I’ve loved all the Probably Something You Would Like links posts, her recent pictures from Preakness, her famous world’s greatest granola recipe and how she went paper towel free on the whole farm (it involves making a lot of your own cloth napkins, enough so you always have plenty of clean ones).

Would you like to win this amazing Yarn CSA? If so please leave a comment with this entry and let me know the following: Have you ever spent time on a farm? I spent a few summers on my uncle’s farm in Oklahoma, he had cattle, two greyhounds, a small lake with a rope swing, a tiny farmhouse and bales of hay that seemed to be piled taller than the house itself. I loved it there. Ok, you’ve got until Tuesday, May 24th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies, good luck! Closed, thanks so much for entering!

· comments [631] · 05-23-2011 · categories:craft ·

May Birthday Giveaway: CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life

CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life book cover

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Todays giveaway is coming to you from the future. Well, sort of. Jessie Oleson, whom you might know as CakeSpy, has a book coming out later this year (late September is the most informed date I have heard, things change but this might not!) it’s called CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life and she is happy to send a copy to one lucky winner. Just, you know, in September when the book actually exists. CakeSpy, as if you don’t already know, is lover of all things sweet, purveyor of the history behind our favorite desserts, a most excellent illustrator with a certain favorite character (Cuppie, pictured here), has a column at Serious Eats, a real brick and mortar shop here in Seattle, and a rabble rouser when it comes to the question of Cake vs. Pie.

If you’d like to win a (future) copy of the CakeSpy book just lease a comment with this post, and if you’d like please answer this question: Are you Team Pie or Team Cake? I hereby publicly declare myself Team Cake, pies are great but cake has a power I cannot deny. Ok, you’ve got until Saturday, May 21st at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print, as always, applies. Good luck. Closed, thanks for entering!

· comments [407] · 05-20-2011 · categories:books · food ·

May Birthday Giveaway: lovely things from Joy the Baker

good stuff from Joy the Baker

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today’s giveaway is from Joy the Baker, it’s a bunch of stuff she likes and thinks you might like too. When I asked her originally I thought her book (she’s gonna have a book coming out!) would be a great thing to giveaway, but it turns out the book is still a long ways off. But, being sweet as she is, she jumped in a offered to get together some good things, because she’s nice like that. She also hinted that there would be a few additional surprises included.

If you’d like to win the care package from Joy please leave a comment with this post, you have until 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20th to enter, the fine print applies. If you’d like something to mention please tell us: Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget? I have recently been introduced to the new style of can openers that don’t leave a sharp edge and refuse to look back (I am clumsy in the kitchen). Ok, good luck everybody! Closed! Thanks so much for entering.

· comments [883] · 05-19-2011 · categories:shopping ·

May Birthday Giveaway: Troubadour Tote from Crystalyn Kae

Crystalyn Kae Troubadour Tote

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Welcome to Wednesday and it’s giveaway: a Trourbadour Tote Bag in the color of your choice from Crystalyn Kae. This is an awesome bag, it can fit a laptop (up to a 15″ Macbook), has many useful interior pockets (go see the pictures), a zipper top, and a gathered design in front that allows you to stuff the bag should you need (it can hold a water bottle and a pair of shoes, I see possibilities here). I see Crystalyn Kae bags on the shoulders of girls wherever I go in Seattle, her Topstitch Hobo seems to be a favorite (at least from my highly unscientific pole of, well, my observations) and she always has a nice big booth at UCU (a big craft and handmade goods show here in Seattle that is worth traveling for). Crystalyn Kae bags are made from an embossed coated canvas which is lightweight and waterproof (necessary here) and it can even be thrown into the washer. The bags are all made by hand in the US and it’s very good construction (I have examined it), have comfortable handles, most of them are vegan (unless otherwise noted), and have perfectly chosen contrasting lining. One of her newest items is the Pleated Clutch and I think I have a crush on it.

If you’d like to win the fabulous Troubadour Tote Bag please leave a comment with this post, and if you’d like something to chat about answer this question: Do you prefer your bags in neutrals or bright colors? Me? I have been trying my utmost to buy bags in bright colors since my wardrobe stubbornly, perhaps reliably, stays in the range of black to gray. Having colorful bags means I can accessorize to my mood without thinking too much about it. So far it’s working, I think. Alright, you have until 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 19th to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thank you for entering!

· comments [1,211] · 05-18-2011 · categories:shopping ·

May Birthday Giveaway: ABC poster from Matthew Porter

ABC poster

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Yay! Today I have the ABC Poster from Matthew Porter to give away. Matthew Porter is a Seattle illustrator and childrens book author whose distinctive style has become familiar to our household, we’ve bought several of his books for our niece and nephews. His wife, Andrea, is the administrative side of the business (and since I work with her in the GBA I can tell you she is a force). They owned the Bluebottle art gallery here in Seattle for eight years. In addition to his books he sells original art and onsies, hoodies and posters in the shop. His most familiar character is a monkey and his book Monkey World is a lot of fun, I have to admit we read through a few times before mailing it off to our niece and nephew. I absolutely love that Matthew offers his top 10 childrens books for inspiration (bottom half of the page), there are a few books there I just barely remember.

If you’d like to win the ABC poster please leave a comment with this entry. You have until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18th to enter, the fine print applies. If you’d like something to mention here is a question to answer: Did you have a book as a kid that you remember to this day? Mine was Dr. Seuss’s The First of Octember, because my birthday falls early in October and I was fascinated by the idea that there might be a month in there somewhere I hadn’t been told about! Alright, good luck. Closed, thanks for entering!

· comments [250] · 05-17-2011 · categories:shopping ·

May Birthday Giveaway: Grow Great Grub

Grow Great Grub

Today I’ve got a copy of Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla Trail. This book has a perfect combination of the information you need to grow your own food in containers, planting beds or community gardens, what to plant, how to care for it, and heaps of beautiful photographs to inspire you. I’m very intimidated by gardening and I find this book to be comforting. She covers everything I might like to grow but doesn’t bury me in too many options. There are even recipes, tips on keeping or preserving and a section on how to can. This book is both a great place to start, and has lots of information for those gardeners who are looking to polish their food growing skills. And if you don’t already follow it Gayla’s site You Grow Girl is full of great information. Gayla is one of those people whom I’ve known online for years and years. (I find myself saying that a lot lately!)

If you’d like to win a copy of You Grow Girl please leave a comment with this post. You’ve got until Tuesday, May 17th at 10am PST to enter, the fine print applies. Here is something to talk about if you’d like: Have you ever eaten anything you grew yourself? I am terrible with plants so the most I’ve managed is using my own rosemary and thyme, but my dad is a gardener and grows blueberries and wild strawberries (which are delicious). Ok, good luck! Closed! Thanks for entering.

· comments [497] · 05-16-2011 · categories:books ·

May Birthday Giveaway: good stuff from Rakka Deer

cards and painting from Rakka Deer!

Today I’m happy to have a bunch of goods from local artist Rakka Deer, aka Kris. She’s got style and wit, and she’s got a huge number of projects going on at any given time. It amazes me. Besides Rakka Deer and her Etsy shop she has 37 Confections, Stupid Fucking Awesome, Excheckered, Pax and Ak, Skull Diggery, Suspect and Fugitive, a Tumblr and Glitter Pissing. She’s offering up some good stuff from her shop: a six pack of geek cards, a thread painting and a six pack of Inigo Montoya cards featuring a drawing she did of the character over a pile of Hello My Name Is stickers (this still makes me laugh).

And while I’m talking about Rakka Deer please allow me to mention this: Recently the town she grew up in was devastated by the tornadoes and flooding along the Mississippi so she’s raising money by holding a Bake Sale for the South, which is happening at the Cakespy Shop here in Seattle on Saturday, May 14th at 11 a.m. I’ll be baking for it (something in jars, but of course). Also on Saturday is the Great American Bake Sale
for “Share Our Strength”
at the uptown Metropolitan Market starting at 9:30 a.m. Two bake sales! Seattle is in luck.

To win the package of items from Rakka Deer please leave a comment with this website. You’ve got until Saturday, May 14th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. If you’d like something to chat about answer this question: What is your favorite thing to make for, or buy at, bake sales? Clearly I enjoy making stuff in jars. Alright, good luck!

· comments [159] · 05-13-2011 · categories:shopping ·

May Birthday Giveaway: World of Geekcraft

World of Geekcraft book cover

Today is a bit of synchronicity, my month of giveaways coincided with the blog book tour for World of Geekcraft, Step-by-Step Instructions for 25 Super-Cool Craft Projects. The author is Susan Beal, a super cool lady who writes for Craft, Stitch, ReadyMade, CraftStylish, Geekcrafts.com, has her own site at West Coast Crafty and whose many books have appeared on my site before (most recently see Modern Log Cabin Quilting). But more importantly she is one of those people whom I’ve known online (and in person) forever, very close to a decade. To learn more about the World of Geekcraft book check out the blog and you can find PDF instructions and templates for the Pow! Zap! Magnets right here. The book tour is headed over to House on Hill Road and Public School tomorrow, go and visit.

If you’d like to win a copy of World of Geekcraft please leave a comment with this post. You’ve got until Friday, May 13th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. If you’d like something to mention answer this question: What was your favorite geeky tv show or movie when you were a kid? Me? I’m gonna have to go with Buck Rogers. Alright, good luck! Closed! Thanks for entering!

· comments [300] · 05-12-2011 · categories:books · craft ·

May Birthday Giveaway: goods from Schmancy

goods from Schmancy!

Today I’m happy to have a selection of goods from Schmancy, a tiny but super awesome shop here in Seattle (which you should visit if you are anywhere nearby). Schmancy is owned and run by Kristen Rask, author of books, runner of Urban Craft Uprising, creator of School House Craft and general powerhouse. In a happy coincidence Schmancy launched a new website just yesterday, lookin’ good.

The package from Schmancy includes a zipper pouch and strawberry magnet hand made by Kristen herself and three collectible items from her shop: a Dunny 2010 Series from Kid Robot, one City Critters from Mindstyle (all designs are from Jim Henson’s sketchbook!) and a Droplets are from Crazy Label. Nice! To win please leave a comment with this entry and if you’d like answer this question: See that rainbow patch on the zipper pouch? It makes feel nostalgic. Have you ever collected patches as a kid? I’ll go first: I had a few patches from when I was a Brownie (which didn’t last all that long), and I used to go through my mom’s collection of patches because they were so colorful. You’ve got until Thursday, May 12th at 10am to enter, the fine print applies. Ok, good luck! Closed, thanks so much for entering!

· comments [289] · 05-11-2011 · categories:shopping ·