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Giveaway & Review: Customizable Stamp via Stampanda

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With my many craft fairs on the horizon, I had been on the lookout for an affordable stamp company to order a customized stamp from. For two out of the three craft fairs I’m participating in, I have to provide my own display, transaction tools, and packaging. I have been on a long journey to brand myself and appear to be a professional artist crafter (although the majority of the time I am going through trials and errors, running around like a crazy person). To come across as professional, and put together, I wanted my packaging to reflect my brand. I love the look of the brown, recycled bags, and wanted to personalize them with a Sweet Celadon or Whitney Panetta themed stamp. Shortly after my search began, I was contacted by a stamp company, called Stampanda, about reviewing one of their products. It couldn’t have been better timing, and they offered customized options. The deal was sweetened even further when they agreed to pair the review with a giveaway for my readers.

Stampanda is an online website, based out of Florida, that offers a range of stamp products from kitchen themed to bridal. Their website is easy to navigate, and offers beautiful product pictures to tempt you the entire way. They boast high quality products, made by hand, in the USA, at a very speedy rate.

They have a variety of shapes and styles to their stamps. You can find girly swirls and flowers, as well as trendy, and quirky, mustache and bird themes. You can buy stamps for your envelopes, to claim books, thank you cards, save the dates, kitchen tags, and anything else you want to stamp. They also have a wide variety of inks and stamp holders to choose from. You can go more traditional, with the separate ink and wood handled stamp, or go modern with an all in one, self inking stamp.

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With every design, you have customizable options. You can choose a design that allows you to edit a single line, to keep it simple, or 3 or more lines, to include more information. I was on the hunt for something a little different. I needed a design that represented my brand, as well as a size that would show up well on a bag. I tried out multiple designs before settling on my little bee.

This design allowed me to add 4 different lines of text, which was perfect. I added my shop name, “Sweet Celadon”, at the top of the circle, and “by Whitney Panetta”, at the bottom of the circle. I really wanted to include my tagline, “perfection is overrated, buy handmade,” but couldn’t find a way to fit it. I eventually decided simply having, “perfection is overrated,” was enough to get my point across. I wasn’t sure what to add to the final line, until my hub suggestion I include our zip code. It was a sneaky way of saying, made in Georgia. It was perfect.

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By the time my transaction was complete, and my stamp was in my hand, I decided Stampanda could stand up to all of their claims. My order was processed quickly, and arrived less than a week later. The stamp was very high quality, and exactly what I was hoping for. I am so excited to finally have my own stamp to personalize my bags. This stamp will be put to good use, and will hopefully be used a lot in the coming holiday months.

If you live in the state of Georgia, or Atlanta area, come see my beautiful stamped bags for yourself. The Marist Holiday Traditions art and craft fair is this Saturday, 11/8/14, the Marietta Whimsical Wares is next Wednesday 11/12/14-Sunday 1116/14, and the St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace is Saturday, 11/23.

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You could win your own, fully customizable stamp, by following a few steps and commenting below. To enter, visit Stampanda and check out their products, then like their facebook page here. Comment below with the name you liked their facebook page under. To get a second entry, visit my facebook page here, like it, then comment (in a separate comment) below with the name you liked my page under. For a third entry, follow one of my Etsy shops, Whitney Panetta or Sweet Celadon, and comment below (in a separate comment) with a link to your favorite product.

The winner will be randomly selected using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…”, next Friday 11/14/14. The winner will be e-mailed, and will have 24 hours to confirm. Once they confirm, I will send over their coupon code for their free custom stamp. If the winner does not respond in 24 hours, a new winner will be selected. Good luck!

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. Help me spread the word about arts and crafting, art giveaways, and visual journals by sharing on your social network site of choice. Thanks for stopping by!

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Etsy Shop of the Month: Eilquinn Personalized Tote Giveaway (closed)

Tote Full ViewA few weeks ago I found myself beginning yet another school year and my fifth year teaching. I couldn’t believe summer was already over and another first day of school was upon me. As with past years before heading back to school I went on a mini shopping spree. In order to properly start a new school year I believe you really need a few new outfits, pairs of shoes, and other necessary accessories. It’s nice to start the year fresh and new.

For the past year I have been searching for the perfect school tote. My search began this time last year, but I never found something I absolutely had to have. After many fruitless searches I put of the purchase, and put it off, which caused a very unorganized school year. After months of carrying everything I needed loose in my arms day in and day out of school I made it my mission to find the perfect bag before I went back to school.

Which brings me to the lovely Etsy shop, Eilquinn. During one of deep Etsy tote bag searches I was getting tired of scanning page after page until something caught my attention, made my eyes stop, and my mouse click for a better view. Before I knew it I had favorited three of her bags and looked at every single thing in her shop. The only question that came to mind after my shop visit was how hadn’t I discovered her earlier?

I e-mailed Eileen, owner of Eilquinn and tote bag creator, right away and began setting up my custom order. I went back and forth about color, style, whether to add a doilie or not. I took every tiny custom option into account, after all this was a decision a year in the making. Through the entire process Eileen was so helpful. She sent me pictures of how the different options would look and quickly answered my many, many e-mails.

Finally I decided on a design, letter color, burlap color, and to add a doilie; but I still had no idea which lace color to pick. After going back and forth I finally sent her my order and payment with three lace colors I wanted her to pick from. I was over decision making and figured she would have the most informed opinion. I eagerly awaited my bag and when it came I was over the moon. Eileen selected a lovely yellow, which was perfect. In the back of my mind this was what I wanted, but was worried the yellow would be too bright, some how Eileen must have known all of this and made it exactly right.

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I use my tote every single day, filling it with heavy books, my laptop, and my change of clothes for daily softball practice. It has held up beautifully and I don’t remember my unorganized life pre-tote bag. One of my favorite parts of this process is Eileen has agreed to giveaway one of these amazing, personalized totes to one of my readers! See details below to enter…

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To enter to win one of these beautiful totes all you have to do is “like” Eileen’s shop, Eilquinn. Comment below with the name you liked Eilquinn under and which tote you would want to take home! You may also earn extra entries by sharing this giveaway on facebook or twitter and “liking” my Etsy shop here. To earn a second entry comment with a link to your facebook share or tweet. To earn you third entry comment below with the name you liked my shop under. Good luck to everyone, the contest will close next Thursday 9/12 at midnight and the winner will be notified by Friday. The winner will be randomly selected from the comments using the plugin, And the Winner Is…

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and entering my giveaway! Help me spread the word my sharing, liking, tweeting, commenting, and e-mailing to others! I can’t do it without you. Thanks for stopping by!
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Coming Soon: Book Reviews and Giveaways!

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As a blogger I am often approached to review products, publish guest posts, and advertise for companies. This is an added bonus to something I already enjoy, however in the process I do a lot of nay saying. I refuse to present unrelated information or poorly written posts to my subscribers, and the general web browsing public. However, if something peaks my interest I gladly do a little research and decide if it is worth my time to write about it, and your time to read about it.

All of this comes down to my newest endeavor as a book reviewer. In the past couple of months I have been approached by four separate authors and publishing companies about review upcoming books. If you are a frequenter of my blog you should know by now that I am an avid reader and very supportive of tying the literary and art world together in and out of the classroom. Because of this, it was a no brainer to jump on board and offer something new to my readers. After all art, reading, and writing, are part of the same creative spectrum.

My plan is to post at least one review a month over the summer, and provide you with an honost review of each book. I hope your interest is peaked and you decide to pick up a copy for yourself, after all there is no better way to spend the summer than reading in a hammock or on the beach. I am also pleased to announce that each author was willing and excited to give me an additional copy to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. Along with each review I will set up a giveaway you can enter to win your own copy!

Here are excerpts sent to me by the authors and publishers of the books I have been asked to review. They have a wide range in content from children’s books, to research based, to quirky stories. I have never limited my reading to one genre, and I hope you are open to exploring a variety of books with me!

Cozy Classics presents Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables by Holman Wang and Jack Wang

“Designed as developmentally appropriate abridgements for the very youngest of learners, Cozy Classics retell the world’s most beloved literary works in just 12 simple, baby-friendly words. Complemented by photographs of lifelike, expressive and simply stunning needle-felted figures and objects, Cozy Classics inject a sense of narrative into the baby wordbook—and revitalize the genre for young and old alike. For while there are only so many years one can spend learning to count to ten or the colors of the rainbow, the pleasure that is to be found in the works of literature’s greats, as any adult knows, is forever!”

Now, in April 2013, the brothers Wang expand the Cozy Classics repertoire with their takes on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and Leo Tolstoy’s War & Peace.

“From a very young age, children fall in love with characters: Barney, Dora, Cinderella,” says Holman Wang. “The Cozy Classics books foster a love of characters that will ultimately lead to the classics themselves. Unlike Barney and Dora, Les Misérables’s Jean Valjean and Pride & Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennett are characters that children will never outgrow.”

This will be the first of my book review series, and I am excited to discuss it with my friends and family who have children. I am very intrigued to see how such complex stories could be reduced to only 12 words. In addition I can’t wait to see the felt sculptures turned photographs used to illustrated the book and reinforce the idea behind the 12 words. Keep your eyes peeled for this review and giveaway at the end of May or beginning of June. To all you mommies out there, this could be a classic addition to your children’s library of educational books!

All Roads Lead West by Paul Matarelli

“How do you know when you’re supposed to stop what you’re doing and change course? I did everything they tell you to do: I went to college, got my degree, and landed a great job. I get wined and dined in the best restaurants New York City has to offer, I do the minimum amount of work that’s required, I take long lunches, I meet celebrities, and I negotiate multi-million dollar television ad deals hung over. If I continue on this path, I will become a wealthy corporate executive…and miserable. What they don’t prepare you for – in all of the canned speeches you hear about your future – is truth about what you’re getting yourself into. The truth is you will be dealing with disgruntled bosses, office politics, vindictive colleagues, and the crippling reality that you are going to spend the best years of your life chained to a desk doing work that will ultimately leave this world worse off than when you arrived. I’m Jamie Hayden, and that’s all about to change.”

This book will be my first novel review and read of the summer. This book sounds like an interesting perspective of the life and career attitude that is so prevalent in our society. When I read this excerpt I immediately begin to visualize a Wizard of Oz type scene, everything gray, black, and white, until Dorothy lands in Oz and everything turns to color. Similarly, this character seems stuck in a dreary world, a life he isn’t satisfied with, until he takes a stand against it. However, leaving me with the line “and that’s all about to change” keeps me in the dark, the black and white world, and I can’t wait to see where this character, Jamie Hayden, and the author, Paul Matarelli will take us. Look for the review and electronic giveaway (for your tablet, Nook, Kindle, or other electronic reading device) of this book in the middle or end of June.

Fun & Games By David Michael Slater

“The 1980’s: it’s the time of Dungeons & Dragons, banana clips, and Atari. Jonathan Schwartz is growing up in a family like no other. His sisters, Nadia, the dark genius, and Olivia, the gorgeous tease and temptress, manipulate Jon and his friends for their own entertainment.And his Holocaust survivor grandparents? Their coping techniques are beyond embarrassing. A disastrous visit to Jon’s class by his grandmother unhinges his famous father, setting off a chain of events that threatens to send the dysfunctional Schwartz clan up in flames once and for all. Fun & Games is a heartbreaking and hilarious story of faith, family secrets, betrayal, and loss—but it’s also a tale of friendship, love, and side-splitting shenanigans.”

This book peaks my interest in so many ways, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The quirky characters combined with interesting history is right down my ally. I love nothing more than a good character study, and this sounds like it is full of interesting characters. The book is set to be released July 20th, and I can’t wait to spend the remainder of June with my nose buried in this novel. Look out for my review and giveaway at the beginning to middle of July.

Studio City A Mile of Style by Joann Deutch

“Impeccably researched, erudite, and filled with unforgettable stories and pictures, Deutch’s book is a MUST-READ for anyone working in the film/TV business, anyone considering a career in the entertainment industry, anyone simply in love with Hollywood, and/or anyone hoping to understand Los Angeles’ past, present and future. 

Author Joann Deutch – a Studio City based lawyer who served on the Chamber of Commerce Board for over 15 years as the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary – tracked down the many untold stories which have left their mark not only on her community, but as well on Hollywood. A riveting and fascinating book that reveals the untold story of a more than often under-exposed, under-valued city and its rich and influential contribution to the film industry.”
I currently have three close friends living in Los Angeles, trying to break into the movie industry. Taking advantage of having a free place to stay, I have been to LA twice to visit, and like many people, was mesmerized by the glamor of the city. I’m looking forward to delving into this book and learning more about the history and inner workings of the complex city and industry that LA is. Look for the review and giveaway of this book in August!
I hope you are as excited as I am about these new books, and will be coming back for a chance to win a free copy of each one! Thanks for stopping by and supporting my blog!
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March and April Giveaway: Fused Glass Plate and Spoon Rest (closed)

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Thank you to everyone for participating in this month’s giveaway! I am waiting to confirm with the winners, if they don’t confirm in the next 24 hours, new ones will be selected. Keep checking back for my May giveaway in the next few weeks!

This month’s giveaway covers the months of March and April, which means you have two chances to win! The first giveaway this month is a small fused glass blue, yellow and gray plate. The small size makes this piece very versatile, it could be a cute decorative addition to a side table, a way to spruce up a candle, or a shallow dish for dips and candy! The second prize is a blue and gray asymmetrical bowl. This piece could serve as a spoon rest, candy dish, or decorative addition to your house.

Both of these prizes were personally made by me. I recently discovered how to fuse glass, and I am falling in love with the process. Every piece I personally pick out colors, plan the design, cut the glass to size, fuse the pieces together, and slump them in my kiln. I have also recently added a glassware section to my Etsy shop in hopes that I can fund my new love with glass sales!

To enter this competition all you have to do is complete three easy steps. You are only eligible to win one item, two winners will be selected.

1. Visit my Etsy shop here and like my shop or your favorite item!

2. Like my Facebook page here

3. Comment on this post with which piece you would like to win and what you liked on my shop (I can’t guarantee you will get your first choice, the first person drawn will get their first choice)

Good luck, I can’t wait to find out who are the lucky winners this month! Each winner is randomly drawn using the “And the Winner is” plugin. The winners will be drawn and announced Thursday, May 2nd. Thanks for visiting my blog and participating in my giveaway! Help me spread the word about my blog by liking, tweeting, sharing, commenting, and subscribing! Thanks for stopping by!

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February Giveaway: And the Winner is….

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Congratulations to Cassandra for winning this month’s giveaway!! Her pastel pink letter S painting will be mailed out this week! If you fell in love with my letter paintings check them out on my Etsy shop here, they are listed for a bargain price of $15.00 each. Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s giveaway, check back at the end of every month for more giveaway opportunities, and as always thanks for stopping by!

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