Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Giveaway Winner

And the winner for November is Paula Lemos!

I want to thank everyone for all the their imput and taking the time to enter.  I will not be doing a giveaway for December as it is a very busy time of year for me.  I look forward to offering more giveaways in the New Year and wish all my follower a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Girl Effect.....will you help?

I have special announcement.  There is a very special cause called Girl Effect.  Please watch the Video: 

I want you all to know that if you have been considering buying an item from my Etsy Shop,  now is the time.  Because I will changing things around a bit.  I will be donating 50% of the purchase price of certain items in my Etsy Shop.  I hope that you will help me support this cause.

A friend of mine emailed me some information today.  The moment I saw this I knew that I had to get involved.  Here is my story. 

"Give me a fish and I eat for a day.  Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime."
To make a long story short,  I remember being about 9 years old and telling my Mom that I was going to join the army, become a Nurse and go to countries like Romania, and Turkey.  I was going to nurse all the babies and children in the orphanages with HIV.  Hold them, feed them, love them.  
Let's just say that never happened.  I did become a Mom at a very young age and I did have a hell of a lot of help.  I had so many "Angel Mothers", some taught me: to cook, some to shop, some to budget, some to sew, some to listen to, some to talk to, some to deal with my anger and angst for the world that no longer had any value for me.  I remember hearing very often, "that's such a shame".  Frankly, the only shame I saw was that attitude of those around me.

I never let being a teen mom stop me from doing anything.  I became a Health Care Assistant and have worked with the elderly and disabled for over 11 years.  I was a volunteer Fire Fighter and Level 3 First Responder for 3.5 Years.  I have two more beautiful children.  I am married to the most incredible husband.  I am an amazing cook.  I grow lots of food for my family to eat.  I have my own business that is not only Eco- Friendly, handmade and awesome, but it supplements my income.  And many other spectacular details of my life I won't mention here.

What's the shame in that?

It all started with a belief.  A belief that even though I didn't live in a perfect situation, I still had value, worth.  I could still get an education, work, raise my family, learn skills to get us through the tough times.  I was not a lost cause.
Neither is any other Girl.
Needless to say this cause spoke volumes to me.  Please visit the website today and see what you can do to help.  http://www.girleffect.org/    or visit:  My Etsy Shop



Monday, November 15, 2010

November Giveaway!!

So who wants to win a Set of 2 Large Organic Cotton Produce bags and 2 Hemp Tawashies from The Art of Zen.......Crochet?

Say No to plastic in the produce section too! Our demand for plastic drives up the demand for oil, as do our demands for all the other products made from oil. I wanted to come up with an earth friendly alternative to those plastic bags in the produce section (crochet style of course), and these are the best of the best. These produce bags are reuseable, light weight, stashable, washable, easy to use, handmade and made from an earth friendly product. These will last for years.  These bags are made with 100% Organic Color Grown Cotton Yarn, are hand crocheted (how could we get greener than human power?), totally reusable, and your are supporting the handmade movement!! It doesn't get any better than this. This truly is a win/win.
FYI: The "tare weight" of Each bag is 10 grams or .02 of a pound, simply ask the cashier to subtract this amount at checkout if you are paying by weight for your produce. Tare weight is the weight of the bag or container when empty. It's usually a legal requirement for stores to subtract the weight of the empty container when weighing your produce or bulk purchase.

So, you want some hemp Tawashi your face? Say No to plastic and disposables in the shower too! Our demand for plastic drives up the demand for oil, as do our demands for all the other products made from oil. These Tawashies are reuseable, light weight, machine washable and dryable, handmade and made from an earth friendly product. These will last for years.
These facial scrubbies are made with 100% Hemp yarn, that are dyed with fiber reactive dyes,(these dyes are easier on the environment), they are hand crocheted. Each one measures 8 cm or 3" across.
I've been trying these out for a while and this is the best of the best: dual sided (double thickness), perfect little strap for hanging up and out of the way to dry. These are soft and gently exfoliate your skin. Your skin will love you for it. Very compatible with any cleanser type. Perfect for travellers, camping and those who are on the go!!!
Did you know Hemp is naturally mold resistant and anti bacterial? That's two reasons why you will love my Hemp Line of Bath/Kitchen Products!

On to the details, what you need to do to be entered:

1)  You need to be a follower on my blog, if you aren't already!!  :)

2)  You need to email me at theartofzencrochet@live.ca telling me what I should make more of in my Etsy shop, here is the link to my Etsy shop: The Art of Zen.......Crochet
Please be sure to follow all of the instructions, it makes me so sad when people don't follow the instructions and then I cannot enter them in the Giveaway.  Sadly I don't have time to email everyone to sort it out.  :)

Dead line for entries is November 29 2010 and the Winner will be announce on November 30 2010.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sale in my Etsy Shop!

Sale this Weekend in my Etsy shop:  http://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/chrisssmith22

All items are 10% off!  Some items will no longer be available after Sunday so get them while you can.