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:

mint julep boutique maggie whitley

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.

27 weeks pregnant maggie whitley

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.

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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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Hey handmade makers, we need you…

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Back in June we hosted a summer giveaway bundle bearing nearly $900 in wares, and not only was it so fun to host but I’m pretty sure it was the greatest surprise for the actual winner to receive all of the items. Also! It was total fun for us to put it together for the MWD community.

And guess what? We’re working on a fall-themed giveaway for late August, but this time we’ll be breaking down the bundle into two categories: back-to-school & cozy fall essentials. If you’re a handmade maker and would like to join one of our giveaway bundles, click right here for all the details.

We’ll be accepting submissions through August 8th and the giveaway will be live on August 25th.

We are accepting only a limited number of shops so the giveaway doesn’t feel too overwhelming, so we would love to hear from you. Or — share this announcement with your community of handmade makers using one of the social media links below.

PS. it’s almost Friday! :)

(photo credit The Jones Market)

YEOW! Enter our summer giveaway bundle, $895 in prizes!

Summer is nearly here and I’m beyond excited. (And that’s a fact!) I’m so grateful for this online community and to help celebrate summer and blogging and encouraging one another and handmade beauty I’m hosting a HUGE summer giveaway bundle worth $895 in prizes from 21 different shops. All of the items included in the giveaway are shown below, including links to each direct product. This giveaway bundle will be gifted to one lucky MWD reader, yeow!

Here’s our summer giveaway bundle, my loves:

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS //

1. Betsy mustard camera bag from JoTotes ($109 value) // 2. “Give Me Jesus” journal from Life Lived Beautifully ($26 value) // 3. handstamped silver & brass bar necklace from Simply Stunning by LC ($28 value) // 4. crochet fringe cross-body bag from Laila’s Charming Pieces ($40 value) // 5. palm tree leather cuff from Blue Dawn ($49.95 value) // 6. “All My Loves” necklace from The Vintage Pearl ($57 value) // 7. “Live in the Sunshine” terry tank from The Printed Palette ($26 value) // 8. “Mommy & Me” floral crowns from Love Sparkle Pretty ($129 value) // 9. “rise & shine” 11×14 fine art print from My Crafted Life ($23 value) // 10. essentials foaming sunless tanner from Karla Gust of Rodan + Fields ($24 value) // 11. charcoal stars cotton voile infinity scarf from Saffron and Nutmeg ($54 value) // 12. “The Janet” top from Allie Mac ($75 value) // 13. cascading baltic amber necklace from Spark of Amber ($34.99 value) // 14. “anchor of hope” 8×10 print from Elleizahbeth ($12 value) // 15. essential oil zip pouch from Lil Alice ($13 value) // 16. nautical reversible headband (child) from Shared Joy ($10 value) // 17. The Clean Mama Simplified Life Everything Kit from Clean Mama Printables ($45 value) // 18. rocket pop bodysuit/t-shirt from Blue-J Cottage ($20 value) // 19. canvas beach tote from So Sew Organized ($45 value) // 20. ocean painting from Art by Megan ($50 value) // 21. tiny gold anchor charm necklace from Lazy Owl Boutique ($23 value)

The above listed items will be gifted to one U.S. resident. Please use the rafflecopter widget below to enter. Best of luck, and I hope you win! xoxo

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Interested in working with us for future giveaway bundles? Email jenn(at)maggiewhitley(dot)com for more details.