Monday, February 7, 2011

Giveaway: Ella Bands

Today's blogiversary giveaway is from Melissa of the shop Ella Bands and the blog Kindness Patience Balance. Melissa lives in my home state (Great Lakes, anyone?) and makes some really adorable hair accessories and chalkboard home decor. Her shop is brand new, and I think it's going to do really well!


So let's learn a bit more about Melissa:


What made you decide to open a handmade shop?
This past summer, I worked as a counselor at a kid's summer camp in Maine, where I took charge of everything art-related. I had such a wonderful time creating things all summer long (making glass beads, putting together the camp art show, making posters and projects with my 10-year-old campers, *attempting* pottery...) that I just couldn't stop when I got back into "real life". A long-time etsy fan, I decided I wanted to open my own shop...so I did! I've also always been pretty crafty in general, and my mom is an artist so when I was growing up there was always an in-progress art project happening at our house.

What is your favorite part about blogging?
I love blogging, for one, because it's kind of like a timeline. I blog about my friends, my family, DIY projects, traveling, etc. and I know that I can always go back in my entries and recall all of the things I've done! In writing in my blog, I've also found new side of myself. I'm more deliberate in what I do, I try more things. It's also really fun when my friends tell me that they've tried one of my DIY projects, or liked reading about something I posted - it's always nice to have encouragement like that. ...woops, I guess that was three favorite parts about blogging :)

What is your favorite type of craft project?
This is a tough question. I tend to do lots of messy projects, the kind that end up spreading all over my apartment (despite the fact that messes really stress me out!). I also really love practical crafts - if it's something that will be functional and I can put it to some kind of use, I'm usually more inclined to try it out. And clearly, judging from my etsy shop, I'm a huge fan of felt fabric...you can do so many cool things with it!



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And now for the giveaway! Here's the loot: 
Melissa is giving away one of her chalkboard hearts (perfect for this time of year!). This giveaway will close on Tuesday, February 15 at 10pm EST and a winner will be selected randomly. Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.






And here's how to enter: 
  • Visit Ella Bands and leave a comment on this post with your favorite item
  • Do any of the following for additional entries:
    • Follow Kindness Patience Balance via GFC
    • Follow this blog via GFC
    • Follow Melissa (@EllaBands) and myself (@AnnieHP) on Twitter
    • Blog and/or Tweet about this giveaway. You may use the following text for your tweet: Enter to win an adorable chalkboard heart from @EllaBands on @AnnieHP's blog http://tinyurl.com/4lubjpq
Good luck!


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Aaaand here's the winner of the Holly Knitlightly giveaway...



Cole from Adventures in Love and Happiness! (I had to come back and edit this after it was scheduled because she was just asking me about this giveaway on twitter so I thought it was so funny that she won! It took all I had not to spill the beans early.) Congrats, Cole! Email me with your mailing address and which color cowl you'd like and I'll pass your info along to Holly. Thanks to everyone who entered!

104 comments :

  1. I love the chalkboard hearts!

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  2. I follow you both on twitter!

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  3. YES YES YES YES!!!! Woohoo, you seriously just made my night! So I won't enter this giveaway so someone else can get lucky (even though these hearts are too cute!

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  4. I love the chalkboards, but I also like the headband with two blue hearts and the headband with the rose. :-)

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  5. I love the Sushi Circles - Wasabi Green and Salmon Pink
    headband : ) manarose222(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. I like this : http://www.etsy.com/listing/66864777/chalkboard-world-globe :)

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  7. I love all the headbands, but this one is especially my fav: Tiffany Blue and Canary Yellow - simple circles headband

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  8. Everything in her shop is super adorable, but my heart squealed with joy when I saw the chalkboard hearts! Love!

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  9. I am a follower of your blog too!

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  10. I really think the chalkboard hearts are my fave. It doesn't get any cooler than that!

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  11. I follow wattlebird via GFC.

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  12. I follow you both on twitter.

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  13. I tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/#!/AHastyLife/status/34981980684681216

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  14. I follow Kindness. Patience. Balance.

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  15. I love the Starry Night Headband!

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  16. I Follow Kindness Patience Balance via GFC :)

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  17. I am a follower of your blog :)

    You can check out my blog if you want to: http://peacelovecupcakeshappiness.blogspot.com/

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  18. I follow you both via twitter!!

    Thank you so much for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

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  19. I LOVE the Zooey Deschanel-Inspired Hearts :) so cute!

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  20. Of course I follow your blog via GFC

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  21. Tweeted the giveaway :) @SimplySamanthaC

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  22. I love the chalkboard globe... what an awesome conversation-starter.

    Also the sushi circles.

    konecki (at) gmail

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  23. Ya know my favorite item is actually the chalkboard heart! ♥

    xo.

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  24. I follow Melissa and you on twitter!♥

    xo.

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  25. I love love the chalk board hearts! THese would go great in my room :)
    The zooey headband is also very cute♥

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  26. i now follow Melissa's Blog! I love it!

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  27. The chalkboard globe is so baller!

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  28. The chalkboard globe is so baller!

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  29. I really love your"
    Glittering Lips and Handsome Mustache
    This is simply a dope :D
    Simple yet cool :P

    ckaylie777(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. I followed Kindness Patience Balance via GFC

    ckaylie777(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. I followedyour blog via GFC

    ckaylie777(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. I followed Melissa (@EllaBands) and you (@AnnieHP) on Twitter

    ckaylie777(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. I tweeted about this giveaway

    http://twitter.com/#!/ckaylie777/status/35264893670260736


    ckaylie777(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. I blogged about this giveaway

    http://tranntb08.blogspot.com/2011/02/giveaway-ella-bands.html

    ckaylie777(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. i love the Glittering Lips and Handsome Mustache. cute for me and him ;)

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  36. tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/azhezha/status/35276976910647296
    zhe_zha@yahoo.com

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  37. I LOVE:
    I LOVE YOU, DARLING - Single Rose Felt Hairpiece

    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  38. & im following kindness patience balance.
    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  39. im following you!

    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  40. and im following both twitters....

    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  41. AND i tweeted!

    @keandres13

    keandres AT gmail DOT com

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  42. i love the Ice Blue and Baby Yellow - simply circles headband

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  43. tweet tweet!

    http://twitter.com/jlandres/status/35377133647831040

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  44. I like all Ella Band's stuff, but especially the chalkboards, so freakin cute!
    xoxo

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  45. Now following Kindness Patience Balance as well.

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  46. The WHY SO BLUE - Big Bloom Headband or Hair Clip is my favorite!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. I follow your blog with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I follow Kindness. Patience. Balance on google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. I tweeted, I'm @AmberGoo: http://twitter.com/AmberGoo/status/35424850034040832
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. My favorite, of course, is the chalkboard world globe! Who wouldn't want that to write on!

    windowfog [at] gmail .com

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  51. I like the chalk world globe.

    kathrynbaby2004@yahoo.com

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  52. The chalkboard hearts are simple and adorable! love them!

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  53. Love the Starry Night Headband

    HarajukuGirl92@gmail.com

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  54. I follow this blog

    HarajukuGirl92@gmail.com

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  55. I love the shape and colors in the Rolling With It - Peacock blue & Pale Yellow Flower hairpiece!

    yepfinleywedding at gmail dot com

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  56. Be my valentine felt flower is cute!

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

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  57. Ahhh...I love the "feeling bright, double bloom" headband, so sweet!

    marcandlorie@embarqmail.com

    Lorie

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  58. Love this headband: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66869817/feeling-bright-double-bloom-headband

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  59. Following you and Ella Bands on twitter as @dsgndbyrj

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  60. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com


    Glittering Lips and Handsome Mustache - Photo Props.... SO CUTE

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  61. i love the lips and moustache!! too cute jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  62. i follow via gfc jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  63. I love the double bright double bloom headband!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  64. I really like Garnet and Magpie - Petite Blooms Headband.

    Shannon
    rs_mathena@yahoo.com

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  65. I love this hairpiece:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/66891778/rolling-with-it-peacock-blue-pale-yellow

    So pretty!

    palaciosamantha (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  66. Love the flower shaped confetti!

    Melody.DuValatgmaildotcom

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  67. Melody.DuValatgmaildotcom

    Following Kindness Patience Balance through gfc

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  68. Melody.DuValatgmaildotcom

    Following this blog via gfc

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  69. Stalking you both on twitter
    (everybodyelse01)
    Melody.DuValatgmaildotcom

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  70. Melody.DuValatgmaildotcom

    Tweeted http://twitter.com/everybodyelse01/status/36169749985492992

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  71. Lovely just like a peacock:-) My fav.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/66891778/rolling-with-it-peacock-blue-pale-yellow

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  72. Posted to my blog giveaway page - www.msveronicas.wordpress.com/giveaways

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  73. a fellow michigander, awesome!! i like the Antique Pink - Thin Headband with Hearts

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  74. in love with the starry night headband

    shellasaurusrex@gmail.com

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  75. I adore this store!! the lips & mustache photo props are pretty amazing!!

    Cerena Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  76. I follow both of you on twitter!
    @cerenaleigh


    Cerena Leigh
    Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

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  77. I love the feeling bright double bloom headband. I just stumbled across your blog today and will definitely be frequently checking back!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Rebecca
    rebatink@gmail.com

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  78. I follow this blog! Thanks for the giveaway...crossing my fingers that I win!
    Rebecca
    rebatink@gmail.com

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  79. love the simply circles charcoal and bubblegum headband
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

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  80. following kindness blog
    skipthelaundry
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

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  81. follow your blog
    skipthelaundry
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

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  82. follow both on twitter
    skipthelaundry
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

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  83. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/skipthelaundry/status/37585286141575168
    skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

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  84. i like the WHY SO BLUE - Big Bloom Headband

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  85. i follow Kindness Patience Balance via gfc - yellowdemon91

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  86. i follow you both on twitter (bkennedy6)

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  87. This one! http://www.etsy.com/listing/66864777/chalkboard-world-globe

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/66864777/chalkboard-world-globe

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