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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Henny Seashell [review, giveaway]

"Henny Seashell" is a cute shop filled with handmade items thought up and lovingly made by Henny! She currently creates pouches, bags, clutches, pillows, quilts, table runners, and coasters. I love all of the lovely patterns used, along with the stylish yet casual designs. 

 





 Henny sent in one of her darling slouch bags for review. I love the Ali Foster pattern used for this bag. The red, orange, and cream shades, along with the floral/leaf material, are perfect for autumn. 

I also like the nice contrast of the inner material. The slouch shape and generous size make this a great bag for everyday use. There is a magnetic closure on the top as well as two pockets inside the purse. I like to carry quite a bit with me sometimes, but I also like organization, so pockets are always a plus. The quality is what really impressed me. The high-quality cotton is double stitched and durable, with cotton canvas in the middle of the layers. I can tell this bag was made with care and attention to detail. Attractive and functional!
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TO ENTER: Make sure that you are a follower of "Samy in Wonderland" through google friend connect (top of left side-bar) and browse "Henny Seashell", then leave 1 comment stating:


- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: _______.
 
- One of my favorite items from Henny Seashell is _______ because _______. 

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: _______.


EXTRA ENTRIES: After doing the mandatory entry above, you may complete any or all of these for additional entries. A random number generator picks my winners, so the more times you enter, the more chances you have of winning! For these to count as extras, please leave a separate comment for each additional entry

I follow the Art-Craft-Henny Blog!The username that I used to follow is: _______.

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is _______ because _______. 

I "favorite" Henny Seashell on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______. 

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______.    

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is _______. 

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.

I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it. Here is a link to the wall post: _______. 
I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter. I included a link back to this page as well as "@PSVintage" somewhere in my tweet. Here is a link to the tweet: _______.

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: _______. (Subscription box can be found in my left side-bar) 

I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader. My username is: _______.

I left a new and relevant comment on this non-giveaway post on the Samy in Wonderland blog: _______.

OPEN: United States
ENDS: December 20th @ 11:59 PM
 
 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Winners post :D


Congratulations to our recent giveaway winners!

Five Stones Vintage won the Ashdel Handmade Collage Bobby Pin,

the winner of the Bee Metal Jewelry "Every Girls Secret" Necklace was Jessterlyn,

Shari was the lucky winner of the Sampler Village Autumn Celebration Sampler Box,


A big thank you to everyone who entered, for your support! 

I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving this week. :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

CSN Stores [Toaster Review]

I am very pleased to be sharing a bit about another CSN Stores item with you today. (If you are a new reader you might want to read my two CSN previews [1, 2] and the first review I did for one of their products.) As I have mentioned before, CSN Stores is one site consisting of over 200 different shops making it so fun to browse the huge selection. The holidays are coming up on us and you rely on CSN Stores to be there with great gifting options. You can find something for everyone on your list! Here are a few cool items I have run across in their shops..
 

 

 

I recently experienced one of CSN Stores many kitchen and dining products: a Procter Silex 4-Slice Chrome and Black Toaster. It arrived quickly and packaged safely along with a small usage and care manual. I found the instructions for removing the bottom side (to clean up any crumbs) useful. I like the black and shiny silver color combination. It goes well with many modern day kitchens, especially if you already have chrome and/or black appliances.
 If you enjoy toasting up some bagels, along with normal bread slices, the wide slots are suitable for many various sizes. My bagels were toasted swiftly and to a wonderful shade- lightly browned and just the right amount of crispy. Each pair of slots have their own toasting shade-selectors. The availability of four slots is terrific, especially if you have a family, or just like to toast more slices at a time without having to wait. With previous toasters, sometimes I had the problem of slices getting stuck because they do not come up high enough, so the "automatic toast-boost" is a big help with that. As advertised, this Proctor Silex toaster is safe in that it shuts off when it is done and it stays cool to the touch on the outside. When it comes to toasters, this product was just what I look for. The features are all there, it has style, the quality is great, and the price is very affordable!




Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sampler Village [review, giveaway]

"Sampler Village" is the home of the awesome Samplicious Sampler Boxes! The wonderful Traci thinks up different themes (the next being Holiday Hoopla!) for the boxes. Sampler "Villagers" are the talented crafters who send Traci samples of their products. She has great taste! Traci then packs up two different sized boxes- the Samplicious Sampler usually contains 15-20 samples from Villagers participating for that particular month's box, and the massive Lavishly Samplicious Sampler includes a sample from nearly every Villager. Something new that is coming to Sampler Village in 2011 is the Yummylicious Treats Sampler Box. It will be all edibles, so you lovers of yummy handcrafted goodies should get excited!
I was sent an Autumn Celebration Sampler Box to tell you all about. It arrives swiftly and nicely wrapped up in a box, smelling pleasant right when I opened it. Another cute thing Sampler Village does is names a "mayor" for each month. According to the card in the box, the mayor for Autumn Celebration was "Beautiful Twists". Take a look at all of the terrific looking samples! These boxes would make such fun gifts. Who wouldn't enjoy going through one, finding items from bath/body products to candles and paper goodies, as well as discovering cool businesses?
 

My particular sampler contains: 

a Cinnamon Vanilla Nutmeg Body Butter Sample from Almonds Grace (it is rich, fluffy, and smells like the season), 
a set of Miniature White Rose Soaps from Whysper Fairy (they smell like tasty peppermints and look so pretty), 
Lip Conditioner from Spookieville (the flavor says "Honey, Berries, & Apples from the woods" which is actually spot-on what it smells like!), 
a sample of Smitty's Blue Eyes Tisane loose leaf tea along with a tea bag full of Lemon Chiffon Rooibos from SBS Teas (there is a helpful brewing guide included as well as a discount. I know from experience that their teas are super yummy), 
an adorable Peppermint Twist Soap Sample from SV Soaps (complete with pink and white colorfulness to match the nice scent), 
a quirky Fortune Cookie Soap from Fortune Cookies Soap (not only is their name straight forward, this Pumpkin Pie scented soap smells good enough to eat and is all the fun of the real cookie minus the calories!), 
a cute "Scary" Ghosts Card from A Penny For Your Thoughts (a discount for my next card purchase is included too), 
Peppermint Tea Soap as *thanks* from Sampler Village (so adorably wrapped in a tea bag), 
a Halo Body Butter sample from Simply Lavish Bath Company (very thick and moisturizing, smells light and heavenly),  
Soap-Rum Nut Cake Soap Sample from South Texas Naturals (such a unique earthy scent and I like the natural texture),  
"The Case of the Missing Tangerine and Lavender" Soap Sample from Metropolis Soap Co. (purple and orange colors add to the fun of the fruity lavender scent. I like that this soap is vegan too!), 
Favors for Me offered up a Decoratively Wrapped Wrigleys Doublemint Chewing Gum and Confetti (it is a great example of their personalized products), 
a pretty Pumpkin Spice Scented Red Glittery Leaf Ornament from Birch Hill Crafts (oh so festive!), 
sweet Cupcake Flag Toppers from Appleford Paper (these cream, gold, yellow, red and orange toppers will be great for a fall birthday), 
Cinnamon Buns Soy Tart-Melts from Candle Kitty (smell deeelicious),  
Mini Fall Festival Scented Tarts and a Wine Glass Charm from Army Chic (the tarts are in cute seasonal shapes), 
a Pretty Paper Flower for scrap-booking or other paper crafts from Just Scrappin' Happy (this would be so cute on a handmade card!), 
a darling Orange Owl Pinback from Kitty Crossbones (packaged with an orange mesh leaf and leaf confetti, aww), 
and last but not least- a Butter for my Biscuit Bath Melt along with a Fairytale Pumpkin Squash Goose Grease Lotion from Farm Hussy.. with a lollipop that is currently being unwrapped and heading for my mouth (I have loved Farm Hussy products for a while now after being introduced to them through Sampler Village. They have the greatest smelling scents with witty phrases all over their items.) 
Villagers sometimes add personal touches so even the packaging is fun. Want a chance to win your own Autumn Celebration Sampler Box, similar to mine? 
Just scroll down. :)
GIVEAWAY
*An "Autumn Celebration" 
Samplicious Sampler Box 
 
TO ENTER: Make sure that you are a follower of "Samy in Wonderland" through google friend connect (top of left side-bar) and browse "Sampler Village", then leave 1 comment stating


 - I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: _______.
 
- One of my favorite Villagers on Sampler Village is _______ because _______. 

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: _______.



EXTRA ENTRIES: After doing the mandatory entry above, you may complete any or all of these for additional entries. A random number generator picks my winners, so the more times you enter, the more chances you have of winning! For these to count as extras, please leave a separate comment for each additional entry

I follow the Sampler Village Blog!The username that I used to follow is: _______.
I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is _______ because _______.
I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______. 

I "like" Sampler Village on Facebook! My facebook username is _______.
I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is _______. 

I "follow" Sampler Village on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.

I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it. Here is a link to the wall post: _______. 

I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter. I included a link back to this page as well as "@PSVintage" somewhere in my tweet. Here is a link to the tweet: _______.

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: _______. (Subscription box can be found in my left side-bar) 

I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader. My username is: _______.
I left a new and relevant comment on this non-giveaway post on the Samy in Wonderland blog: _______.


OPEN TO: United States and Canada
ENDS: November 17th @ 11:59 PM