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Yep, a contest is coming – just as soon as I make up my mind about what prize to offer.

Suggestions are welcome. 🙂

Surgery Sucessful

Cris is still alive. She has returned from the hospital, but is not yet ready to fire up her sewing machine. If you need a poet shirt, we have a few pre-made. Check our listings on Etsy.

Laying Low

Cris is going in for surgery on Monday. The doctors tell her she should expect to be on heavy duty pain killers for two or three weeks and physical therapy for a few months. In that time she is not to use heavy machinery. Does a sewing machine count? Apparently so.

Expect significant delays on all made to order or custom work until April. Also, conversations between Monday and the end of February might be a little odd. Please double check with her if something doesn’t make sense.

While she’s recovering, Kate will be shipping orders and folding cranes. Bottled crane, jewelry, and pre-made orders should ship at normal speeds.

We will not be running any new contests in February. Please check back with us in March. Hopefully Cris will not give away anything too extravagant.

Win a Long Scarf

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The Prizes: One loooooong scarf is the grand prize. Dr. Who first aired in November of 1963. This is not that scarf, but it came about in a similarly haphazard way. It is 194 inches long.

Additional winners may receive a free screensaver pack, or a pair of origami crane earrings.

To Enter the contest: Find the image of the treasure chest. Each shop linked to in the Giveaway Tools form will have the image hidden among their listings. Paste the link for the specific listing into the Giveaway Tools form.

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The image will always be among the listings on the page that opens up. You will not need to look through an entire shop. Of course, nothing says you can’t enjoy a little window shopping when you discover a shop that appeals to you.

The shops included will change from day to day. The treasure chests will move within shops at the shop owner’s convenience. As a result, you can come here to play each day until the end.

End Date: December 18th 2016

The fine print:
This contest is open to anyone in the world. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The winner will be contacted by email and announced on this post. Winner gets two days to respond before we have Giveaway Tools pick someone else. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Must be at least 13 years old to enter. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Winners outside of the USA may be required to retrieve the prize from their local postal authority as customs will sometimes cause significant delays or even refuse delivery. Once the prize is in the mail, we don’t accept responsibility for delivery. We use the US Postal Service. We will provide tracking numbers or customs declaration form numbers as applicable.

Cross Stitch the Line’s Words

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Cross Stitch the Line has been featured here before. It’s a shop filled with downloadable cross stitch designs that range from very modern to folksy. Graciela Gacek brings her sense of humor along with her modernly traditional sensibilities with designs she creates from scratch.

This time we are going to focus on only one category of her shop. Out of the 246 designs now available, 50 of them are in her Words, wise or otherwise section. This is a where her quirky sense of humor gets the most play.

With a work-oriented view, many of her samplers would fit in well at the office. Others are perfect for an erudite household. Whether simple and elegant or just fun, they get the message across.

There are many other new designs in her shop now. too. If you haven’t been by in a while, it’s well worth a look.

If you work fast and buy now, you might be able to finish one in time for Christmas.

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I’m Back!

I got inundated with orders in October. My dye pot broke twice; and I’ve had to change the way I do things several times. It has taken me this long to get caught up.

I’ll have the next contest ready to go in a few days. It’s new ground for me, so it’s taking a bit longer. All I’ll say about it now is that this will be important:

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Thanks for your patience.

Win a Full Length Cape

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The Prize: A full length, adult sized, hooded cape made from Rustic Cotton in the winner’s choice of colors. For details see our listing. This is a made to order item.

To enter the contest: Leave a comment on this post that answers the question, “Which item in the Final Super Hearts Treasury do you like best?” Due to changes at Etsy.com, this is a one-shot deal this time.

I’m using the form below to keep track of entries for me, as well as offering extra entries, so be sure to click on it.

Ending Date: October 31st.

The fine print:
This contest is open to anyone in the world. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The winner will be contacted by email and announced on this post. Winner gets two days to respond before we have Giveaway Tools pick someone else. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Must be at least 13 years old to enter. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Winners outside of the USA may be required to retrieve the prize from their local postal authority as customs will sometimes cause significant delays or even refuse delivery. Once the prize is in the mail, we don’t accept responsibility for delivery. We use the US Postal Service. We will provide tracking numbers or customs declaration form numbers as applicable.

Average Retail Value: $59.10 plus shipping, which we cover.

This is a made to order item. It can take up to two weeks before it is ready to ship.

Cottage Coppicing

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Cottage Coppicing has the kind of woodsy stuff that makes me feel right at home. From whistles with the bark still on – which happen to be very affordably priced – to cutting boards and crayons. You can even get pre-sliced slabs of wood great for your crafting projects.

All of the wood for this shop is either the result of carefully managed woods in her UK home lands using the coppicing technique, or reclaimed from building. Often Lisa can tell you where the wood from a particular item came from, right down to pointing out the tree.

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Her work has the rich simplicity of Shaker furniture. The natural beauty of wood grains are brought out perfectly. Yet every item has a practical use. It’s all wonderful stuff.

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It tends to run seasonally. In Winter she will cut. in Summer she will create. She doesn’t charge anyone for her coppicing services, and the prices in her shop are very low. Her focus is on producing habitat for woodland creatures as well as creating beautiful items.

The seasonal nature means she doesn’t always have a steady supply. For instance, she’s low on crayons right now, but expects to have plenty in November. She recently finished a number of trugs. Better snap them up now before someone gets them ahead of you.

She learned her craft – both the creation of wonderful products and the techniques for keeping a forest healthy, on her father’s knee. It’s a fine tradition.

If you have questions, Lisa is eager to answer them. She can be be found at
https://www.facebook.com/CottageCoppicing
https://www.twitter.com/cottagecoppicin
http://www.pinterest.com/cottagecoppicin

as well as on Etsy at Cottage Cappicing.

As always, click the pictures to see details on the items.

Final Super Hearts Treasury

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We have just enough time to launch one last Super Hearts Treasury before Etsy takes away the ability to make or change treasuries.

I still think treasuries can be a valuable tool for sellers. It is with regret that I see this feature come to an end. The announcement for it arrived well after I had already launched the September treasury and told everyone in the APC team that I would gladly include those who supported it in the next.

In honor of the fact this will be the last, I put our team captain in the first slot. Surprise, Sandra! I hope you enjoy whatever sales I can bring your way.

Sandra has supported me in everything I have wanted to do in the APC Team. She raised me to leader when I helped keep count for the hundred hearts threads. Since then she’s let me run a number of treasury games, start and run the fifty hearts threads and put up with the odd way I handle the Post Anything thread. She’s let me try out all kinds of off the wall ideas. Actually, she kind of lets me run wild. I love it.

Under Sandra’s leadership, and during the time I have been a leader there, the A Promotion Commotion team has grown from barely over a thousand members to over nine thousand. Go team!

Next I put our Shop of the Month shop – Cottage Coppicing It seemed fitting.

I thought I might have to include a number of shops who were in last month’s Super Hearts Treasury because there were much fewer comments. Instead, I had no problem finding good people, and placing them in the treasury in the order of their support for the September treasury.

If we must go out, this seems like a good way to do it.

Win a Pair of Harlem Pants

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The Prize: Crinkle-dyed Harlem Pants! It’s part of our new line of clothing, including the PJ Bottoms, and Turkish Pants. The Harlem pants have a dropped crotch that hits about half way to the knees. They are very loose, comfortable pants. You may pick from a wide range of sizes and colors. If you don’t pick, you’ll get the ones shown here. To see your choices, check out the listing.

To enter the contest: Leave a comment on this post that answers the question, “Which item in the August Super Hearts Treasury do you like best?” You can do this once a day. Items change, so be sure to check the treasury each time. The first thing I’ll do when the contest closes is check that the winner answered this question, and not with an item that was already removed.

I’m using the form below to keep track of entries for me, so be sure to click on it.

 

The fine print:
This contest is open to anyone in the world. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The winner will be contacted by email and announced on this post. Winner gets two days to respond before we have Giveaway Tools pick someone else. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Must be at least 13 years old to enter. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Winners outside of the USA may be required to retrieve the prize from their local postal authority as customs will sometimes cause significant delays or even refuse delivery. Once the prize is in the mail, we don’t accept responsibility for delivery. We use the US Postal Service. We will provide tracking numbers or customs declaration form numbers as applicable.

Average Retail Value: $35 plus shipping, which we cover.

This is a made to order item. It can take up to two weeks before it is ready to ship.