Now booking for our December giveaway bundles!

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Hi lovely! We are in the process of booking for our December giveaway bundles, scheduled for the 1st of the December (and just in time for the holidays). In June we hosted a summer-themed bundle featuring $895 in prizes, in August hosted a back-to-school and fall-essential themed giveaway (over $700 in prizes) and in October we hosted two baby-themed bundles (over $880 in prizes).

If you’re a handmade shop owner we’d so grateful to have the chance to work with you for our December giveaway bundles, based around the theme “Holiday Gift Giving”. We’ll be splitting the prizes into multiple bundles — which means there will be multiple winners! SO fun.

 

You can skip ahead to the giveaway application form by clicking here, or read on for more details:

* we’re looking for handmade/small business who offer products geared towards men, women, children, hostess gifts, winter seasonal, etc.

* our December giveaway is scheduled for Monday, December 1st and will end on Friday, December 5th

* each participating shop will receive two social media links via Rafflecopter for the entry requirements

* we’ll be sharing the December giveaway bundles with our social media communities (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, an RSS feed, an email RSS feed) — this includes a reach of over 172,000 monthly likes/impressions

* our giveaways are open to US resident only (no need to worry about international shipping costs)

* we’re accepting a limited number of shops. To view the application and apply, please click here, we’d love the opportunity to work with you!

 

PS. I’ve got a secret to share with you! We’ve already secured prizes from Pen & Paint and Red Letter Words for our December giveaways ;)

PPS. Want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping? Visit our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide which includes discount codes from nearly every participating shop.

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Introducing our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Well hello, October! I’m so happy it’s the first of the month. The weather is finally cooling off a bit here in Los Angeles and the holiday-themed family/kiddo activity emails are appearing in my personal inbox. It’s so exciting :) And not to mention, October is the month our second baby is due!!! We’ll see though when baby actually makes his or her debut…

Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide launches today and runs through December 15th. I’m really excited to share with you the 17 shops that are participating this year as they feature some really fun items! Most of them are offering a unique discount code to the MWD community, which is so generous of them! I wanted to give you a tease of what’s inside our Holiday Gift Guide so below are photos of my favorite items with a direct link to each shop.

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Baby Bjorn:

A Swedish family-owned business started in 1961. Our concept is to make day-to-day life easier for parents of small children by developing safe & innovative products of the highest quality for children up to three years old.

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Baby Mama Sew Shop:

Purses, bags, clutches and zipper pouches, as well as clothing items such as skirts and aprons for women and kids.

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Delva B. Tree:

Stylish and fun handmade baby bibs, burp cloths, blankets, children’s crayon wallets and other accessories.

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Drawstring Studio:

Modern home decor items to fit everyone’s needs and budget.

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Fountain Top Creations:

A shop full of cozy crocheted and knitted hats, scarves, cowls, ear-warmers, and more!

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Gingiber:

An illustrative paper goods and homeware store filled with prints, pillows, tea towels, cards, tote bags, and more.

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LilyAlyssa Boutique:

Sweet women’s accessories crocheted and sewn: headbands, scarves, hats, ear warmers, etc.

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 Love Forward:

Handmade accessories, home goods, and gifts; inspired by love.

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Oh So Antsy:

Hand cut custom state and country shaped jewelry.

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Paper + Spark:

Fresh, fun, and functional everyday essentials for your desktop, workspace, and home.

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Pink Poppy Party Shoppe:

An array of handcrafted personalized party decorations.

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Purpose Jewelry:

Handcrafted jewelry made by survivors of sexual slavery. 100% of the proceeds go to International Sanctuary, a non-profit that provides holistic care, and empowers rescued women & girls to obtain true freedom.

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Saffron and Nutmeg:

Hand knit and sewn items made for mamas and kiddos.

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Shared Joy:

Boutique quality headbands for the fashionable joys in your life!

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 Silly Mama Quilts:

Fresh and fun handmade gift and home décor items. Original designed pieces make some of the best gifts for a wedding, new baby, holiday or treat for yourself.

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Simple and Trendy:

Modern style with classical appeal. Mason jar tumblers, monogrammed wine glasses, iPhone charger decals and stickers.

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The Vintage Honey Shop:

Specializing in handmade necklaces that mamas wear, but is safe for babies to chomp on while teething!

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We’re so excited about this years Holiday Gift Guide and for all of the participating shops! Offering a unique discount code to our community so we can start our holiday shopping is incredibly generous of them, so thank you sponsors!

Upcoming opportunities for handmade shop owners!

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Fall is my favorite season and I’m secretly wishing Los Angeles would cool off just a little bit more so I can wear my pink moccasins and perhaps another layer of clothing without sweating. Oh my, that got really personal huh? I’ll have to keep on wishing, I think ;) I bought some pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee, so for now that’ll have to do.

We have some exciting things on the docket next month for the Maggie Whitley Designs community:

* The first is a baby bundle giveaway on October 6th. Just like the August giveaway that recently finished, we’ll be compiling handmade wares into multiple giveaway bundles, but this time the theme will be mama & baby in anticipation of Baby Whitley #2 arriving (fingers crossed) the end of the month. If you’re a small/handmade business we’d love for you to apply. Simply click here to view the application.

* Also starting in October is our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. This shopping guide will have a focus on handmade and will be live October 1 – December 15th. We’ll list alphabetically some of our favorite handmade shops, and many of them will also include a discount code exclusive to the MWD community — yeow! Click here to view the Holiday Gift Guide application.

* If you have a blog or handmade business (or both!) and would like some tangible advice on how to navigate the dreams you have consider booking a mentorship session. We’ll chat via audio Skype for 30 or 60 minutes, and here’s a list of topics we can cover during our call.

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Leave a comment below if you have any specific questions — you know I love hearing from you! :)

PRE-BOOK | Summer Gift Guide: mama, baby & vacation edition

Our seasonal gift guides are quite possibly my favorite semi-annual blog events, and it’s because the handmade community is spectacular, talented (so talented!), full of great energy, and I love being a part of it. If you’re like me then you love learning about new shops, getting to know the owners, and peeking into their work spaces. Another bonus is all of the cheering on that takes places. Yeow!

So with great anticipation it’s finally time dish all the details on our…

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Summer is going to be here so soon. Actually, this week in Los Angeles it’s supposed to be in the mid-80’s — so don’t hate me, but I already feel like it’s begun. Next month the nation will be preparing for Memorial Day weekend, which is the official kickoff to summer (at least in Michigan). I think I heard all the lakes and beaches cheer aloud… wink. There are exciting times head of us, that’s for sure.

In preparation of the warmer months it’s time to start chatting about our 2014 Summer Gift Guide.

If you’re a shop owner this post will have all of the details on how to sign up (click here for a direct link to the form).

If you’re a handmade buyer, you’ll want to bookmark this page.

This time we’re changing things up a tiny bit with our gift guide, and the main difference is we are now offering a super large ad (700 x 200 pixels; see below) with each gift guide listing. (You can view our 2013 Summer Gift Guide here.)

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We are accepting a limited number of shops into each gift guide, and we’d love to hear from YOU! All shops will be accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis, and we encourage all shops that represent a similar vision as the Maggie Whitley Designs blog to apply.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING HANDMADE CATEGORIES:
– jewelry + keepsakes
– creative art [paintings, illustrations, prints]
– clothing + accessories for mamas/kiddos/babies
– diaper bags/camera bags
– newborn essentials: feeding, playing, teething, bedtime, travel
– home decor + accessories [indoor/outdoor, home + cottage]
– vintage pretties [art, home decor, clothing + accessories]

YOUR 75-DAY GIFT GUIDE AD INCLUDES:
* your shop name
* a short description of  your shop
* your location [city, state]
* a list of the 3 favorite items from your shop
* a price range [ie: $10 to $90 USD]
* a 700×200 pixel ad/logo
* a link your shop
* a “pin” via Pinterest to our dedicated 2014 Summer Gift Guide board
* a group Facebook mention + a link to the guide
* placement in our Gift Guide sponsor blog post + the MWD blog sidebar

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GIFT GUIDE DETAILS:
–Duration: the guide will run for 75 days, from May 15th – July 31st
– Ad size: 700×200 pixels
– Price: our PRE-BOOK rate is $90 USD, paid via PayPal. After April 15th the cost is $100 USD
– Feature: Each participating shop will be spotlighted in a group Facebook post [one time during the duration of the guide], a pin to a dedicated Pinterest board + an introductory blog post on Monday, May 19th, as well as frequent tweets and IG photos promoting the SGG

To create a successful gift guide we are accepting a limited number of shops. Please be sure to fill out the signup form if you’re interested in securing a space in the guide.

 

THE SUMMER GIFT GUIDE WILL BE PROMOTED TO:
Facebook: 28,000+ likes | Twitter: 11,800+ followers | Blog: 115,00+ monthly page views | Pinterest: 8,900+ followers | Instagram: 13,800+ followers

BONUS: If you sign up for both a sidebar ad and a Summer Gift Guide ad, you’ll receive a 15% discount off any sidebar ad booked during the SGG term [the deadline to sign up for the SGG is Wednesday, April 30th]. Please send Jenn an email for sidebar sponsorship rates: jenn at maggiewhitley dot com

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Pre-book now through April 15th for just $90. The final deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 30th. Click here to sign up for the Maggie Whitley Designs 2014 Summer Gift Guide, I’m so excited to work with you.