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Etsy Shop Review and Giveaway: Marquesa Atelier (closed)

IMG_7580 copyI’m so excited for this Christmas because it will be my first Christmas with my newest niece, my sister’s daughter, Payton. I cann’t wait to start Christmas shopping for the adorable 5 month old, and I of course began searching Etsy first.

With so many amazing handmade products on Etsy these days, it’s hard to choose what is the best product for you. I always look for shops that provide great pictures, various angles, and a lot of details in the description to give me a better idea of what I am purchasing. This was especially important since I was looking for something for a fast growing newborn.

As I began my hunt for my first gift I decided I wanted to find a pretty winter hat. It truly is amazing how many handmade hat shops exist on Etsy, and I’m pretty sure I grazed through a good chunk of them. As I continued my search for the perfect hat I discovered a wonderful shop, Marquesa Atelier , run by Tatiana out of Europe.

1Her hats came in all different shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors. They were proudly displayed upon tiny models’ heads, giving me a good idea of the size and fit. My sister’s current obsession with all things bows, flowers, and headbands for little Payton perfectly fit with Tatiana’s girly designs. As soon as my eyes fell upon the ivory knitted hat with the ivory flower detail, I knew it would be perfect.

I can easily imagine little Payton with her cute hat and winter coat this season. I immediately ordered a 5 month old size. In addition to placing my order, I also contacted Tatiana to see if she would be interested in having me feature her product on my blog in exchange for a giveaway for my readers. I was thrilled when she agreed and offered for the winner to select their favorite item from her shop as their prize. This sweetened the deal for the hat, and I eagerly awaited it’s arrival.

A couple of weeks later the hat found it’s way to my doorstep. I was very impressed with the speedy delivery, considering Tatiana had to make it and ship it from practically the other side of the world. I was even more impressed when I opened the package and found the beautiful crocheted hat inside.

As a one time knitting attempter and failure I am always impressed when other people succeed. Every loop, detail, and pattern was perfectly executed. The hat was symmetrical, tightly woven, and looks like it will be the perfect fit for Payton’s head. I’m impressed with Tatiana’s ability and can’t wait to order more in the future as Payton continues to grow.

Hat giveaway

If you would like to enter to win your own Tatiana original from Marquesa Atelier simply like her shop here, and comment below with the item you would like to win. If you would like to earn two additional entries all you have to do is share this post on Twitter or Facebook and comment below with a link to your post and/or like my shop here and comment below with the name you liked it under. In order to be entered three separate times please make sure you comment below three separate times.

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The winner will be randomly selected next Thursday, 12/12 using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…”. The winner will be contacted via e-mail, if the winner doesn’t confirm in a 24 hour period and new winner will be selected. The winner will be announced on my Facebook page here. Thank you Marquesa Atelier for offering a giveaway and thank you readers for checking out my blog and participating!

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Review and Giveaway: Etsy Shop, Nesting Pretty Nature Inspired Hair Pins (closed)

image_7A few months ago, while perusing Etsy, I stumbled across an adorable all-things-hair shop, Nesting PrettyNesting Pretty, owned and operated by Tamara Louise, has a wide range of accessories, including hair pins, head bands, hair clips, earrings, necklaces, and vintage items. Despite offering a range of things, Nesting Pretty has a distinct style, which visually connects all of the items together through a nature, florally, and vintage inspired theme.

As I perused her shop I immediately found and favorited a few things I fell in love with, and moved on. After clicking through a few other shops I suddenly decided to look back on what I just favorited, one of which was this adorable, turquoise, sparrow bobby pin. After another look at the very reasonable and affordable price, I purchased it without a second thought. A few days later it arrived in the mail, and I was in love.

I do have a slight obsession with hair decor. I even had to create and design a headband holder for my closet to accommodate my ever growing collection of headbands. After awhile I had to take a headband breather, which brought me to the world of decorative bobby pins. This sparrow was the perfect addition to my collection, it has brought me endless compliments and an easy way to jazz up my hair.

After my very satisfying transaction and purchase from Nesting Pretty, I decided to contact Tamara and see if she would be interested in participating in a review, giveaway, and holiday shopping highlight on my blog. I was thrilled when she agreed, and I love the item she has selected to giveaway. See below for details about entering to win this adorable branch themed bobby pin pair!

nature inspired hair pins

Nesting Pretty is a shop that offers a wide range of in-style and adorable items. I definitely plan to check off a few gifts on my holiday list this year via Nesting Pretty. This is on the top of the list for recommended shops to stop at, and check out, this holiday season. Support local and handmade, and give a unique gift this season! Right now Tamara also has a discounted section of her shop, it’s always great to check something off your list, get a good deal, and all before the craziness of black friday and holiday shopping.

If you are in love with these nature inspired hair pins all you have to do to enter is visit Nesting Pretty here, favorite her shop, and imagecomment below with a link to your favorite item in her shop. You can also win one more entry by visiting my Etsy shop here, favoriting my shop, and commenting below with a link to your favorite item in my shop.

Next Thursday, 11/14, the winner will be randomly selected using the plugin And the Winner Is… They will be contacted via e-mail, and will have 24 hours to confirm their prize before a new winner is selected.

Thanks for checking out my blog, participating in my giveaway, and checking out my recommended holiday shops this year! Help me spread the word by liking, tweeting, e-mailing, and sharing! I couldn’t do it without your help!

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