Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Birthday, Giveaway Tuesday!

Happy Birthday to Giveaway Tuesday!

I have been absent from my blog for a while. I've been sick. :( But also, it is our busiest time of year and I am just getting these holiday order out as fast as I can! 

Normally I try to ship one order a weekday. This is everything I've completed since yesterday morning!
So I am super duper busy right now. This is just my work. My seamstresses have also been completing and shipping out orders.

I may not return to my blog until around Thanksgiving, but I couldn't let today pass with a Giveaway Tuesday post as it is Giveaway Tuesday's FIRST birthday.

Giveaway Tuesday was a significant change in business for me and I wanted to tell you a little about it, and thus a little about myself.

Our first giveaway was a set of 16" village blue/natural zig zag pillow covers!

 I started the sponsor program where we help families in need about a year ago in Sepetmeber. I made my seamstresses aware of this program. Their response was (direct quote): "I was wondering if you could tell us how you pay us? I just want to make sure it is fair." I think they thought the money for donations would be coming out of their checks or something. But anyway, this was a huge blow to me. I was hurt. After I had given them work, paid them in advance and given them bonuses and then they accused me of not being fair, I was so hurt. 

Following this event they quit taking the funds I had paid in advance and left without completing their work. I basically lost all faith in humanity at this point. I remember thinking to myself, "That's the last time I try to help someone out!" But I knew that wasn't right. I knew that I wanted to help people and to give. This all happened on my birthday last year. My birthday is on the 16th, which fell on a Tuesday last year.

I was just beside myself. I really felt like I didn't ever want to do anything for anyone ever again. But I knew that would only make me bitter. So immediately, to counteract that thought, I posted a giveaway to our Facebook followers to win a set of 16" village blue/natural pillow covers from us!

As people would leave comments to enter the giveaway I started to learn so much. People would say things like, "I've been eyeing these for a long time and just don't have the extra funds." Or "My mom would love these!" And it got me thinking that I could give a little more to make someone's day a little better. So we started doing it weekly! To give designer decor to those who normally can't afford it, or who also want to share it with someone to make someone else happy during these very difficult and trying times in our economy. It's hard to think about others and giving thoughtful gifts to others when you are just tryring to keep your own head above water.

We started venturing away from pillow covers and moving up to valances (above) and other window coverings. This gave us an opportunity to try out new patterns and give away our "prototypes" to people who might have the money to have one custom made.

My point in telling you the Giveaway Tuesday story is so that you will all know that this is an effort from us to share and provide even just a little happiness to brighten someone's day in these financially difficult times.

So born from a complete crap hole of a mess, pretty much the worst day of my life,  Giveaway Tuesday continues on today! I love it each time I do it, from the first one I've done up to today!

We would like to give away $30 to you and $30 for your friend to use in either our etsy shop or our clearance section. (Which was just updated before this post).

Leave me a comment here telling me if you will use your $30 toward a custom window treatment or if you will use it for our clearance items and tell me the friend or family member whom you'd like to share the giveaway with. 

WINNER will be posted on TUESDAY of next week, NOVEMBER 20th. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check back. Ic an't tell you how many of these I've done where I have picked a winner and they just never respond. :)

Thank you all for participating and for following us and helping us grow! We appreciate you all.

It has been such a fun year hearing everyone tel me where and how they plan to use their giveaway winnings!! I really do enjoy it and enjoy seeing all the pictures of the items once you have received them. We hope to have many more Giveaway Tuesday birthdays to come!!


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  2. I would use it in the clearance section. :) And I'd give the second to my dear sister. :)

  3. I would use it in the clearance section for my MIL. Their business hasn't been doing well and she wants to make their home feel a little homeier.

  4. Well, I have lots of curtains being made by you right now, so I think I might have to look in the clearance section! I have become such a pillow slut it's ridiculous. Just bought a couple of suzani pillows this week to coordinate with the turquoise trellis pillow covers I got from your clearance section a few months ago!

  5. I'd use my $30 towards the clearance section (I've always been a sucker for clearance!), and I would give the other $30 to my Mom because she is always sacrificing for others. She totally deserves it!

    1. KELSIE!! YOU WON THE GIVEAWAY! And your mom!! Please email me and I wil give you details!

  6. Wow, what a thoughtful giveaway! I'd give one to my daughter who works two jobs and has created a beautiful home- I'd love to bless her! And for me, I'd spend mine in the clearance section- I'd like some pillow covers like the Robert Allen Maize Scene in Taupe. Thank you! And hope you're feeling better!

  7. I would use it in the clearance section. I would give the other $30 to my sister!

  8. I would probably use it towards window treatments in our bedroom. And i would give the second one to my friend who just moved into a new apartment. Thanks!

  9. I would use this toward the clearance section, and I would give the $30, to my sister, we could do some early Christmas shopping!

  10. I would use it in the clearance section, and give the other $30 to my mom. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I just received my shades from you today! They look awesome!I would probably use it for custom shades because we just bought a house...and have no shades yet! I would love to have stylish shades:) I would give it to my mother in law because they are having their house repossessed and starting over new soon so she would love it to help furnish a new place.


  12. I would use the $30 in your etsy shop since its one of my favorites. We are currently building a new home and your shades would look amazing in our kitchen!

    I would give the $30 to my newlywed friend who is renting so she could update the look of her new home!

  13. I've had my eye on several items in the clearance section, this would be the perfect chance to snag some stuff! The other 30 I would send to my friend, who just bought her first house. Your designs are right up her alley and I'm sure she could use something to spruce it up a little. thanks!

  14. I think I will use it on your clearance items. I will get something for my sis :)