Win AUD$100 to shop at Made It and some delicious recipes (you don’t have to win those – they’re entirely free of obligation!)

Do you know about Made It? It’s an  online market-place for makers of Australian handmade goods.  I have a Made It store (as well as my Etsy store) and recently placed an ad, along with a series of other Made It sellers, in a well-known Australian kids’ magazine called My Child.

Now the lovely Bec, founder and self-described “all round duties gal” of Made It is running a competition in which you could win a $100 (AUD) Made It shopping voucher. That’s $100 dollars my friends. Nothing to sneeze at.  Even if you do have a bad cold, sneeze at something else thanks.

This is the twirling betty picture I chose to put in the ad. I ummmed and aaahed over whether black and white (with a touch of navy!) was the way to go for a glossy mag but settled on it in the end on the basis that, to me at least, this shot kind of captures the feel I like for twirling betty.

To gain an entry to the competition, you simply have to buy something from any of the sellers in the My Child advertisement. Each purchase, big or small, gets an entry.

Bec has posted a list of the relevant sellers and links to their shops on the Made It blog here.

So why not have a little browse and see if there’s anything that catches your eye. Not only will anything you buy be supporting the Australian handmade community but you could win that $100 buckaroos.

For my non-Australian readers, most sellers on Made It do ship internationally but if you do decide to buy something, maybe check their policies or shoot them a quick email first just to make sure.

Finally, I feel the overwhelming need to point out this is not a pitch to get you to buy twirling betty stuff.  I feel quite strongly about not doing that on my blog. I mean, I’ll gladly post about new products, twirling betty news and sales and so on but I promise you *my hand is on my heart* (well, one is, the other is holding my coffee but, c’mon, you can’t expect me to put that down at this time of the morning) I’ll never do the hard sell on you here.

Instead, I’ll make it a blatant pitch for the other sellers! You know I love you (and hope you love me right back) and you can find me here anytime you like so if you do decide to buy I’d love you to support one of the other featured sellers.

Even if you don’t want to buy anything, do have a browse on Made It. There are some remarkable artisans and crafty peeps there selling a range of gorgeous handmade things.

Now, it’s almost 10am here, so time to think about dinner. What? Doesn’t everyone turn their thoughts to dinner straight after breakfast? Of course you do.

Do you fancy this for dinner?

It’s slow-cooked lamb shanks with polenta and I swear to you it is a doddle to make.

You could serve it with this sautéed fennel with shaved parmesan.

And for dessert, affogato.

You can find my easy recipes for these over on the Kid Independent blog. This is a lovely blog showcasing the best in all aspects of independent design for kids…and some delicious recipes! The paper artwork they are featuring at the moment is just utterly beautiful.

If you shop on Made It, good luck and if you cook the shanks or any of my recipes, I’d love to know how you go.

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Ladies and gentlemen…we have a winner!

155 entries in my giveaway.  WOW! So there was no way I was cutting up 155 little bits of paper and pulling them out of a hat.  So I turned to the marvels of the electrical interweb for a mechanical solution.

A random number generator came up with the lucky winner which was…drum roll please…Number 48! Congratulations Stacy.

Thank you all *so* much for entering.

I’m planning another giveaway in the next month or so, so if you didn’t win this time…

A twirling betty giveaway! Roll up, roll up…

Every year Sew, Mama, Sew coordinates a Giveaway Day on which lots of online crafty people give lots of lovely handmade things and supplies away.

I’m participating in the give-o-rama this year and I’m giving away two  things.

This twirling betty denim visor:

and this twirling betty red and white polka dot visor with an acqua felt buckle:

EDITED TO ADD: I have had some enquiries by email and in the comments about patterns for the visors. I don’t currently sell the pattern but you can find lots of the visors in different fabrics and headbands too for sale in my shops here and here.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.

The competition runs until 11.59pm on May 20th (Australian EST). EDITED TO ADD: Because this competition is being coordinated in the Northern hemisphere, I have decided to extend the competition so it ends at 11.59pm United States EDT on Thursday 20th May. That’s 1.59pm Australian EST on Friday 21st May for Aussies and Kiwis.

I’ll be drawing the winner in some random way (either from a hat or possibly using a random number generator if there are lots of entries). The giveaway is open to everyone as I’m more than  happy to ship overseas.

Good luck my lovely twirling friends.

Valentine’s Giveaway

Ahhhhh amore! Lovely, lovely amore.

To enter the draw to win this hair clip (or I’ll make it a brooch if you prefer) simply leave me a comment telling me the best thing you’ve ever received for Valentine’s.

I’ll start the ball rolling by telling you that my favourite was the A4 page my husband gave me filled with all the reasons he loves me written in (he won’t mind me telling you this) his sometimes patchy Italian. I cry every time I read it.  And also laugh because there is one line in there that says something about soup and he can’t remember where he found the phrase or what it means. I’m taking him at his word that it’s a compliment.

Entries close at 6pm (EST) on Valentine’s Day. Once again, I’ll be using a very technical method to draw the winner that may or may not entail a blindfold and an ice-cream container.  I’m reserving my rights.

Good luck my loves!

Roll up, roll up…for a giveaway!

To celebrate the brand spanking newness of 2010, I’ve decided to host my first ever giveaway. Up for grabs are these 2 pairs of sweet clips.

To enter, simply leave a comment to this post letting me know the best thing that has happened to you in 2010 so far.

Don’t rack your brains for too long over your answer though, since the winner won’t be decided based on whose answer is best. I’ll simply draw the answers out of a hat or some such other modern process. I just thought it would be good to hear the lovely things that have happened to you all in the last week!

Facebook fans get an extra entry. So too do followers on twitter.

Do mention in your comment if you follow me on one or both of these so I can boost your chances.

Entries close 5pm (EDT) on Friday 15th January and the winner will be announced over the following  weekend.

I plan to make these a regular feature so stay tuned. Good luck!