“Zest for your nest” — a giveaway with Gingiber!

It’s Monday again, which always happens as the result of a fun, full weekend.

Monday’s used to not feel very fun, but now I look forward to their “welcome back to routine”, and today for extra good reasons :) Our XL sponsor this month is Gingiber. I’ve admired Stacie for years (literally) and we even have a custom illustration of Bauer (below). It hangs in our nursery since Maxwell and Bauer are the best of pals. But the illustration is more than art to me — it’s a lovely reminder of just how well handmade connects us.

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I’m very excited for you to get to know Stacie (and her creative process) through our interview below, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. She’s offering a 4-pack Safari print bundle to one Maggie Whitley Designs reader :)

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“Hi, I am Stacie. I am a mother of 2 (soon to be 3), trying to find the balance between running a growing small business and caring for my family. I create animal-themed illustrations and sell my work on art prints, pillows, tea towels & greeting cards. I recently started licensing my artwork with companies like the Land of Nod and iPop! I am 28 years old and just relocated back to Springdale, AR so that my husband could start his first tenure track faculty position! My life is always in motion, and I love it!”

“I would encourage my fellow makers to make products that they adore. Don’t just follow the trends. If you love your products, believe in what you are doing, and put in a lot of time perfecting your craft, I think that you will find success. I would also encourage you to not look around and compare yourself to other makers. I stay off of Pinterest for that very reason! The visual stimulation can be overwhelming and let self-doubt creep in. Comparison is often called the thief of joy, and it is so true! Keep your head down, find passion & joy in what you do, and surround yourself with a circle of encouraging makers!”

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“I am inspired by color and patterns. I often look to vintage quilt patterns for inspiration when I am starting a new project. I am also inspired by my kids. For instance, my daughter’s favorite animal right now is a bunny, and I find myself sketching bunnies by the dozen!”

“I find that when the days are long, I make a big to-do list and try to knock through the items as systematically as possible. I would love to have more days filled with simply sketching and being creative, but lately I have been putting in a lot of time doing the manual labor portions of Gingiber, such as sorting calendar pages or cutting out pillow patterns. So, having a to-do list keeps me on task.”

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“Balance? What is that? Kidding. But seriously, my husband is such a huge supporter of my business, and often you will find my whole family up at the studio working and playing together. I am in a busy season of life, having just moved to a new state, my husband starting a new job, and my kids starting school. So we squeeze in together time whenever possible, even if it means eating dinner at the office, or a quick weekend getaway. Sure, the lines are blurred between work time and family time, but right now we are making it work.”

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GIVEAWAY // One MWD reader will win a bundle of four (4) Safari Prints from Gingiber (valued at $85). Use the widget below to submit your entries. We’ll select a winner on Thursday the 18th — good luck!

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August giveaways: cozy fall essentials & back-to-school

As we wrap up the Summer season and prepare for the change Fall brings along, I felt it would be just too fun to host TWO giveaway bundles this time around: Cozy Fall Essentials & Back-to-School. We have prizes totaling over $700 from 17 ultra creative handmade shops/businesses:

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COZY FALL ESSENTIALS BUNDLE: 1. $50 gift card to Be Still Clothing Company, $50 value// 2. Limited Edition Moccasins (winner chooses color & size) from Freshly Picked, $60 value // 3. Hand Knit Poppy Cowl from Saffron and Nutmeg, $35 value// 4. Modern Embroidery Kit from Lovely Messes, $22 value // 5. Crochet Boot Cuffs (winner chooses color) from Craftee McGee, $20 value // 6. “Happy Fall” Chalkboard Banner from The Burlap Bungalow, $27 value // 7. Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce from The Caramel Jar, $14 value// 8. Lacy Bow Ear Warmer from Love City Crochet, $16.50 value // 9. Turquoise + Wood + Natural Stones Bracelet Stacking Set from Pineapple Bling, $100 value.

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL BUNDLE: 10. Allison Butterscotch Camera Bag from Jo Totes, $89 value // 11. Personalized Lunchbox – Deluxe (winner chooses style) from Bugaboo Announcements, $43 value // 12. Fox and Friends Mini Art Caddy from Kiki B Omi Designs, $15 value // 13. Leather Shoulder Bag from A Great & Many Things, $105 value // 14. Coffee Cozy from The Love, Mich Collection, $21 value // 15. Preppy Plaid Bow Tie from adventuresNnonsense, $50 value // 16. Handpainted Burlap Wristlet from Lily Patch Boutique, $25 value // 17.  Tablet Sleeve from So Sew Organized, $18 value.

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. None of the entry options are required so please keep an eye out for all entry options that don’t require social media, there are many :) One winner for each bundle will be selected at random and notified via email. Please note: both giveaways are open to US residents only. Good luck!

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Thank you for supporting the shops that help support me and my family.

PS. We’ll be hosting a baby shower themed giveaway in early October in anticipation of Baby Whitley #2. If you’d like your handmade shop to be included in our next bundle please send Jenn an email: jenn AT maggiewhitley DOT com.

For all you stationary lovers…

Before I gush over today’s giveaway I want to say THANK YOU for the support on Wednesday’s post, Mamahood vs. Full-Time Work: what helped me decide. I treasure this community and there is so much wisdom in the comments, consider reading through a few of them?

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Oubly announcement cards maggie whitley

Since December 2012, when I had my first baby shower, we’ve been in full-on stationary mode over here. I actually cleared a little section in our office area for stationary, stamps and my favorite writing pens. Growing up I was taught the value of writing thank-you notes, and I guess it’s stuck with me ;) Besides, sending mail is so fun! We’ve sent out cards in response to our baby showers, Maxwell’s birth announcements, Maxwell’s first Valentine’s Day, our family Christmas card and Maxwell’s first birthday party.

When Oubly, a Los Angeles family-owned stationary boutique, reached out to us (which made me yell out a little, “yeowwwww!” — don’t let me hide that from you!) I knew I would say, “yes”.

I absolutely love learning of and featuring local shops, and this brings me back to the heart of why I started blogging: to encourage community.

Oubly birth announcements maggie whitley

I’m just going to dive in here and confess — Oubly has a really fantastic line of Birth Announcements. So much of what they design infuses bright colors and personality, which I love so much. They also have stationary for personal use and a variety of paper needs to glam up your small business. Basically, Oubly has something(s) for everything.

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In addition to their products, Oubly has a light worth shining (and sharing), and I wanted to dig into the heart and soul of who they are and what they do. We asked Luis to share a bit more about Oubly

Give us a “behind the scenes” perspective into Oubly.

“In short Oubly is a mature printing company that has a thoughtful bunch of individuals with a passion for print, art, design, technology, fine papers, and collaborative culture.

Oubly offers a wide selection of beautifully designed and crafted print items for business, or occasions. The Oubly team is currently developing additional products such as canvas prints, upload-your-own, and art prints.”

How would you best encourage your fellow makers?

“If you have an idea or passion, then pursue it. We would rather try and fail, than live the rest of our lives wondering what could have been. We know that remarkable outcomes never come from modest risks.”

What inspires you/Oubly?

“Innovation inspires us. We love to sit down and watch YouTube videos such as TED Talks.”

How do you balance your personal life from work?

“Personal life? What’s that? All jokes aside, the team at Oubly loves to be engaged in various activities that are an extension of the company values. We are life-long learners and we love to learn new skills whether it be learning a new food recipe, instrument, or learning a new coding language.”

Oubly thanksgiving invites maggie whitley

If you’re like me and enjoy sending mail — “thank-you” cards or “thinking of you” notes or “party announcements” or “here’s a list of all the cool things I did today”, Oubly has generously offered a giveaway package for two (2) readers of the Maggie Whitley Designs community (yeow!).

GIVEAWAY // TWO lucky winners will each win a 5×7 set of 35 cards/envelopes (plus shipping). Total value is $104.

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We’ll pick the winners in a few days and will notify them directly via email. Good luck, and thank you for supporting the shops that help to support me. XO

$75 gift card giveaway with The Mint Julep Boutique!

I’m really excited to share with you today’s giveaway sponsored by The Mint Julep Boutique, direct from the heart of Dixie. The gals behind the shop have a passion for fashion and sweet tea… sounds about perfect, right? On Wednesday I shared one of their yellow maxi dresses for my 27 week bump update and as promised, today we have a $75 Mint Julep gift card to give away.

Mint Julep has oodles of colorful dresses, tops, bottoms & accessories inside their store. Here are four of my favorites:

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1. Rising Sun tank in light blue/peach // 2. Fall Frenzy dress in magenta // 3. Amaze Me cardigan in neon coral // 4. All I Need romper in orange

What makes these four pieces my favorite is you can easily pair it with a solid or neutral. I’m a big fan of wearing gray, even though I love a pop of color, so to me these four pieces are the perfect balance to creating an outfit.

And I know you don’t want to talk about it, but with fall nearing (hello, August 1st!) I thought it would be fun to ask Mint Julep to share with MWD their favorite upcoming fall fashion trends. Their reply? Animal prints, fur vests, booties, plaid, print on print, and hints of gold.

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As you know, I’m currently in a wardrobe transition ;) I can usually wear non-maternity on bottom with the help of BeBand, but my tops definitely need to be longer in the front with a little stretch to the fabric. The Mint Julep Boutique has some great pieces that double as maternity wear: knit maxi dresses, tunics, and kimonos.

27 weeks pregnant maggie whitley

sweet and simple maxi dress in yellow, paired with a vintage ring and braided sandals

THE GIVEAWAY // use the widget below to enter to win a $75 gift card to The Mint Julep Boutique! Each reader has 7 opportunities to enter to win. We’ll randomly select a winner next week and will notify her via email. Good luck, and thank you for supporting the shops that help support my family.

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