Poppy and Fern necklace - a giveaway!

We've been carrying Poppy and Fern necklaces for a couple of months now - - and everybody always ooohs and aaaaahs over them! We just recently put some in our online shop, which we're super excited about. Rachel puts tons of hours of love hand-embroidering each piece and it shows - they are beautiful! And we have some great news for our readers - - we've teamed up with her and are giving away a Poppy and Fern necklace!!!

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There's 6 lovely necklaces above - and the winner gets to pick which one of the six they will receive!(I'd pick Mr. Raccoon or Ampersand because... well.... they are adorable, obviously. Can I pick myself as the winner?)

There are 8 super simple ways to enter the giveaway (some of which you probably have already done!). Facebook, instagram, commenting, and more.

Use the "rafflecopter" widget below to enter! and do all 8 entries to increase your chances of winning!

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(and yes, we will check to make sure that the winner ACTUALLY does the entries! So be good!) 

giveaway - 3 soy candles (the scents of your choosing!)

Ahhh, the weather is finally getting somewhat cooler. And by cooler, I mean the high is only 92 today and it's October 3rd. Hooray. BUT HEY - that "cold front" we're getting means we can start shipping our candles again! Since our candles are made of soy, they would just melt in the mail if we shipped them in the summertime. Then you'd get a liquid candle arrived to you, which would be hilarious and really messy. So we stopped shipped them from April until October. Now you may get your candle fix again.

To celebrate, we're doing a giveaway for THREE soy candles! And the winner gets to pick what scents they will receive.

Pick from scents like unicorn puke, crazy cat lady, wino, butt naked, pumpkin addict, and many other ridiculous options.

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We're trying out a different system for entering our giveaways - hopefully it's easier on both you and us! You have SIX different ways to enter - all super easy.

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and the giveaway is over! Congrats to our winner Mary!

giveaway - a wine-o-saur!

This week's giveaway is AMAZING. Seriously. Amazing, I tell you!

Are ya ready: A wooden wine-o-saur.

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TELL ME YOU DON'T WANT THAT. It's made by the lovely artists known as The Back Pack - who have also so awesomely donated this wine-o-saur to giveaway!

Here’s how you can win:

We have 8 different ways you can enter this giveaway for your very own wine-o-saur. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry… so if you do all 8, you should leave us 8 different comments here! If you leave them all in one comment we will NOT count them as multiple.

-Option 1: In the upper right hand column, sign up for our newsletter OR to get each post emailed to you. Then leave a comment telling us you signed up. (already signed up? tell us!)

-Option 2: “Like” The Burlap Bag on facebook! Then tell us here. (already “liked” us? Leave a comment saying so.)

-Option 3: Leave a comment on another blog post of ours! Then tell us here that you did.

-Option 4: Post a pin to pinterest about the giveaway. Then tell us here.

-Option 5: Share the giveaway on facebook! Or twitter. Then tell us here.

-Option 6: Follow us on da instagrams! @theburlapbag- Then tell us here.

-Option 7: Follow The Back Pack on the twitters.

-Option 8: Visit The Back Pack's etsy shop - and then come tell us your favorite item of theirs!

I repeat. Leave each "option" that you do in a separate comment. If you leave them all in one comment, it will only be counted as one!

The giveaway officially ends July 26th, 2013  at 1:00pm central time.

giveaway - 10 pairs of earrings!

Our lil earrings are always people's favorites at the shop and at craft fairs. We search all over to find the cutest little pieces - from vintage buttons to hand-stamped brass pieces. And today, we're giving away TEN pairs of earrings. Yes ten. All to one lucky person. And they are all surgical steel! (===== nickel free! great for people with sensitive ears.)

You'll receive one of each of the below pairs. brass triangles, purple flowers, brass fleur de lis, brown small flowers, blue vintage designs, green vintage glass pieces, brass hearts, pink flowers, wood pieces, and white flowers.

I mean really, who wouldn't want to win 10 paris of earrings? Girl heaven. Or guy heaven, if these happen to be your style or you've got a wife/girl friend/child/person.

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Here’s how you can win:

We have 6 different ways you can enter this giveaway for 10 pairs of awesome earrings. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry… so if you do all 6, you should leave us 6 different comments here! If you leave them all in one comment we will NOT count them as multiple.

  • Option 1: In the upper right hand column, sign up for our newsletter OR to get each post emailed to you. Then leave a comment telling us you signed up. (already signed up? tell us!)

  • Option 2: “Like” The Burlap Bag on facebook! Then tell us here. (already “liked” us? Leave a comment saying so.)

  • Option 3: Leave a comment on another blog post of ours! Then tell us here that you did.

  • Option 4: Post a pin to pinterest about the giveaway. Then tell us here.

  • Option 5: Share the giveaway on facebook! Or twitter. Then tell us here.

  • Option 6: Follow us on da instagrams! @theburlapbag- Then tell us here.

I repeat. Leave each "option" that you do in a separate comment. If you leave them all in one comment, it will only be counted as one!

The giveaway officially ended July 3rd, 2013  at 1:00pm central time. Michelle's our winner - check your email!

giveaway - custom portrait!

Ok. Get ready for another awesome giveaway. Our friend Mandy creates these AMAZING portraits. I seriously want to keep this for myself because how ridiculous/awesome would our portrait be? Me in a vintage dress, Josiah's dorky glasses and a sweet bow tie, plus Carrots and Turnip, of course. So I'll just pick myself as the giveaway winner, ok? Ok. Ok fine just kidding.

A custom portrait for YOU is up for grabs! 

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One of these portraits would be so perfect for: newlyweds, new parents, your parents' anniversary, the holiday season, a crazy cat lady, etc etc. You'll receive an awesome 8.5 x 11" hand drawn and painted illustration on watercolor paper.

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Some words from Mandy herself:

All I need to get started on a Custom Portrait are a bunch of pictures of the couple/family and their pets. I really love it, if at least one picture is of them from head-to-toe. (That is way helpful for me) And then I ask them some questions about what they want to wear, how they want their hair to look and other stuff too, like when they got married if they want it listed.. One of my favorite portraits has chickens in it!

I opened up my etsy shop last November and I started working from home full time this January. Aaaand almost everyday I paint, I listen to Alison Krause & Union Station or She & Him.

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and here's the cute portrait with the chickens!

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Aren't you just dying for your own portrait? I knew it. Here's how you can win:

We have 7 different ways you can enter this giveaway for a custom watercolor portrait. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry… so if you do all 7, you should leave us 7 different comments here! If you leave them all in one comment we will NOT count them as multiple… it gets too crazy with +100 comments!

  • Option 1: In the upper right hand column, sign up for our newsletter OR to get each post emailed to you. Then leave a comment telling us you signed up. (already signed up? tell us!)

  • Option 2: “Like” The Burlap Bag on facebook! Then tell us here. (already “liked” us? Leave a comment saying so.)

  • Option 3: Leave a comment on another blog post of ours! Then tell us here that you did.

  • Option 4: Post a pin to pinterest about the giveaway. Then tell us here.

  • Option 5: Share the giveaway on facebook! Or twitter. Then tell us here.

  • Option 6:  "Like" Mandy Cave Watercolor on facebook! Then tell us here.

  • Option 7: "Favorite" Mandy Cave Watercolor on etsy! Then tell us here.

The giveaway officially ended June 1st, 2013  at 1:00pm central time. Jessica is our winner! (check yo email!)

giveaway - 3 sterling silver rings

It's time for another giveaway! It's for 3 BEAUTIFUL sterling silver rings - with textured spinning blocks! They are all hand forged by Erin Griffin Silversmith.

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Wear all 3 at once or just 1. (you could even give them to 3 friends if you're feeling nice!) They are each approximately 7-7.5 in ring size. 

And man. Do I want to keep these for myself. They are awesome and the little spinning block is so fun to play with!

Erin is seriously the nicest person ever. Josiah and I met her and her friend of the boy kind, Brian at SXSW. We ate popcorn and hated ourselves for doing the dusty event and laughed a lot.

Brian also is an artist and makes the cooooolest wood items ever. Seriously. We have 2 of his vases in our house, as seen below:

Ok sorry, back to business, those sweet vases aren't included in the giveaway. But THESE are:

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If you'd like these sweet rings.... here's some options!

How you can win these:

We have 5 different ways you can enter this giveaway for 3 sterling silver rings. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry… so if you do all 5, you should leave us 5 comments here! If you leave them all in one comment we will NOT count them as multiple… it gets too crazy with +100 comments!

  • Option 1: In the upper right hand column, sign up for our newsletter OR to get each post emailed to you. Then leave a comment telling us you signed up. (already signed up? tell us!)

  • Option 2: “Like” The Burlap Bag on facebook! Then tell us here. (already “liked” us? Leave a comment saying so.)

  • Option 3: Post a pin to pinterest about the giveaway. Or a post on facebook. Or on twitter. Or some other social media! Then tell us here.

  • Option 4:  Take a look-sy at Erin Griffin Silversmith's website. Tell us what item of hers you just LOVE! (i love the whole weightless collection!)

  • Option 5: "Like" BDJ Craft Works on facebook! Erin doesn't have a business facebook page... so Brian's as close as we can get. :)

The giveaway officially has ended! Congrats to Meagan for winning - check your email! 

Always be a unicorn.... giveaway!

Giveaway time! We love this poster. And so do a lot of people. Hopefully it's your cup of tea - because we're giving it away!

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Always be yourself. Unless you can be a a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.

I'd say it's a pretty solid life motto. And one of you could win it as a print.

How you can win dis:

We have 6 different ways you can enter this giveaway for one 12x18 poster print. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry… so if you do all 6, you should leave us 6 comments here! If you leave them all in one comment we will NOT count them as multiple… it gets too crazy with +100 comments!

  • Option 1: In the upper right hand column, sign up for our newsletter OR to get each post emailed to you. Then leave a comment telling us you signed up. (already signed up? tell us!)

  • Option 2: Leave a comment on one of our other posts! Then leave a comment here that you commented.

  • Option 3: Post a pin to pinterest about the giveaway. Or a post on facebook. Or on twitter. Or some other social media! Then tell us here.

  • Option 4: “Like” The Burlap Bag on facebook! Then tell us here. (already “liked” us? Leave a comment saying so.)

  • Option 5: Follow The Burlap Bag on the instagrams. (or our kittehs! haha.) Then tell us.

  • Option 6: Leave a comment with another funny quote that you'd like to see on a poster!

The giveaway officially ends April 3rd  at 1:00pm central time.

AND IT'S OVER! Congrats to Shelley T. for winning. Check yo email!

color me rad 5k free registration giveaway!!

I've been running. Ugh, no, I'm not naturally a runner. A couple of months ago, I decided I WILL BE A RUNNER. So that's what I did. I ran.  Terribly. The first time, I ran .3 miles and had to stop so I wouldn't vomit. But the next day, I did it again. And SLOWLY, it got easier to run. Well, I'm running like a snail. But it counts.

Now don't get me wrong. Running still isn't a dream. But it's so much easier than when I started. This morning? Ran 3.5 miles straight. Yes, it took me 45 whole minutes, but I DID IT! That's the most I've ever run! A lot of people use Couchto5k and love it - it trains you safely and slowly for a 5k in 9 weeks.

To celebrate my running, I'm doing an amazing run called Color Me Rad 5k. It's full of color, which I absolutely love. You get colored cornstarch thrown on you every 1/2 a mile or so. I will laugh the whole way. And take photos after! It's a huge celebration of being able to even MOVE. The best part of this colorful race? It's being held in Austin ON MY BIRTHDAY! December 8th.

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Color Me Rad has been awesome and donated TWO free registrations for us to give away!! That means you can join Josiah and I for free if you're in Austin or any close-to-Austin city like Dallas or Houston.

Please do join us, even if you don't win a free registration! On the website, you can enter in a team to run with. Our team name is The Burlap Bag. Shocking and original name, I know. If you think you can't run a 5k... just slowly start jogging. Or walking fast. And keep doing it. The race isn't until December so you have more than 3 full months to get ready! Or just come out and walk it! I will running the speed of a snail. And we will all take colorful crazy pictures together afterwards.

don't that look amazing??!

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i. want. to. be. in. that.

We have 5 different ways you can enter this giveaway for a free registration to the Color Me Rad 5k. And TWO of you will win a free registration! Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry… so if you do all 5, you should leave us 5 comments here! If you leave them all in one comment we will NOT count them as multiple… it gets too crazy with +100 comments!

  • Option 1: In the right hand column, sign up for our newsletter OR to get each post emailed to you. Leave us a comment on this post saying you signed up. (already signed up? tell us!)

  • Option 2: Leave a comment on one of our other posts! Then leave a comment here that you commented. Yes, I know, it’s silly.

  • Option 3: Post a pin to pinterest about the giveaway. Or a post on facebook. Or on twitter. Or some other social media!

  • Option 4: “Like” us on facebook! (already “liked” us? tell us!)

  • Option 5: Tell us the furthest that you've ever run straight! (and be honest! A year ago, the furthest for me was 1/4 of a mile!)

The giveaway officially ends September 6th, 2012  at 1:00pm central time. GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED NOW!!!

(p.s. Our book giveaway just ended yesterday! Congrats to Diana & Anabella on winning those lovely journals. Check your emails!)

giveaway - shoe stickers!

Oooh do we have a treat for you! Well, four of you. We have a giveaway for FOUR packs of shoe stickers. Shoe stickers?! What in the world are those?? They are sweet (removable!) stickers you put on your shoes to spruce 'em up.

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These are made by FunkKIt and they sent us a bunch to try out and share with you guys. I put them on my green shoes above.They are pretty nifty! and waterproof! and removeable! (p.s. they use the word sneaker on their website a lot. But I'm in TX and we say shoes. Or tennis shoes for sporty ones. If you say sneakers... awesome.)

The photo below was sent to me by them. But I want those shoes. And those shoe stickers. And those socks. OK FINE AND THE WALLPAPER.

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So FOUR lucky readers will win a pack of shoe stickers. The design will be a random one, not the ones that you see here.

We have 4 different ways you can enter this giveaway. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry… so if you do all 4, you should leave us 4 comments here! If you leave them all in one comment we will NOT count them as multiple… it gets too crazy with +100 comments!

  • Option 1: Sign up for our newsletter in the right hand column. Leave us a comment on this post saying you signed up. (already signed up? tell us!)

  • Option 2: Leave a comment on one of our other posts! Then leave a comment here that you commented. Yes, I know, it’s silly.

  • Option 3: Post a Pin to Pinterest about the giveaway, and then Post a Pleasing comment HERE that you Posted a Pin to Pinterest. (yes, I did all those P’s on Purpose.)

  • Option 4: “Like” us on facebook! (already "liked" us? tell us!)

The giveaway officially ends July 30th, 2012  at 1:00pm central time. AND IT'S OVER! We will be announcing the winners soon!

Cat Caption Contest - Win a Week of Advertising!

Our two cats are ridiculous. And cute. Even if you don't like cats, you gotta say that they are cute! And ridiculous. They get in the way of EVERY photo that I shoot at home for the blog. Did you hear me?! EVERY PHOTO! In the photo below, Carrots kept getting in the way trying to smell the green onions. Josiah had to hold her back. And it was hilarious.

This picture is perfect and just needs a perfect lolcats caption to go along with it. Here's where you come in.... a caption contest!

I shall call it the Carrots the Cat Caption Contest!

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So here's what to do: 

Leave a comment with your caption!  Josiah and I will then go through the amazing captions and pick our favorite 3. We'll then have some "voting" on facebook via facebook likes to see which caption is everyone's favorite! We will email the three winners from the first round so you can make sure to get all your friends to vote for your caption.

Why should you create a clever comment:

-Because Carrots needs a caption
-Because we all need a good laugh
-Because the winner will win one FREE WEEK OF ADVERTISING on our blog! Yep, one whole week free! You'll get a medium sized ad. (don't have a blog? give it to a friend or family member or favorite etsy shop or blog!)

Ok, here's a couple other blooper photos that you never got to see. They are so nosy every time we photo a project! Literally, nosy. Smelling everything. Oh, catzzzz

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I just realized that in every photo, they are smelling food. ha! they are named Turnip and Carrots so it fits that they are obsessed with food. (but then why isn't my name chipotle?)

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and this one cracks me up. SO close to being a perfect photo... and then.... EARS!

So give me your best captions!!! I need a good laugh.

(the caption contest is for the first photo. but if you are dying to also create cat captions for the other photos, you may. But they don't count in the Carrots the Cat Caption Contest)

((more parenthesis. the cat contest ends May 3rd at 2pm central time))

And the contest is OVER! We picked our favorites as:

-HONEST OFFICR !!! THAZ NOT MAH BAG OV KATNIP!
-U GOT ANOTHR KAT?
-DIS AR NOT WUT I EXPECTD FRUM PARTNR YOGA
(yes, had to change them into lolcat lingo!) Now it's time to vote! Go vote for your favorites on facebook. OK... officially OVER! "U GOT ANOTHER KAT?" got the most votes! Congrats to Courtney!

Giveaway - Tie Onesies!

The past 30 days have been a little nuts around here. We've been averaging 8,400 people A DAY to our blog! That number makes us way excited, a little nervous, some more excited, and VERY appreciative to everyone. We're also up to TEN sponsors on our blog! So crazy. One of our newest sponsors is elefino - she makes super cool reusable sandwich bags, pillows, and tie onesies! (we sell her sandwich bags and tie onesies at The Burlap Bag's shop of handmade goodies in Austin!)

And today we have an awesome opportunity... for you to win TWO tie onesies of your choosing!

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That's right. You could win two tie onesies. Are you thinking "Lauren, I don't have any kids" or "Lauren, I have a moody 14 year old" or "Lauren, I have a baby girl!" - give them away as gifts! I know you have baby showers to go to... and these are the best gifts ever. You'll be the hit of the shower. Everyone who sees these tie onesies in our shop tries to figure out someone who's having a baby so they can just have an excuse to buy one!

Or maybe you actually have a baby who could wear these adorable lil things. Or maybe you're just weird and collect cute baby things and have no baby. Or maybe you just enter any giveaway you can, regardless of what the prize is. Ha!

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About these tie onesies:

-They come in a variety of sizes from 3 months to 12 months!
-They are all made with recycled silk ties! Saving the earth one tie at a time.
-They are machine washable.
-SUPER CUTE! There's both regular ties and bow-ties.
-The winner gets to pick ANY TWO that they want!

Sold? Awesome.

We have 5 different ways you can enter this giveaway. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry… so if you do all 5, you should leave us 5 comments here! If you leave them all in one comment we will NOT count them as multiple… it gets too crazy with +100 comments!

-Option 1: Go to elefino's etsy shop and look around! Then leave us a comment telling us which item is your favorite!

-Option 2: Sign up for our newsletter in the right hand column. Leave us a comment on this post saying you signed up.

-Option 3: Leave a comment on one of our other posts! Then leave a comment here that you commented. Yes, I know, it’s silly.

-Option 4: Post a Pin to Pinterest about the contest, and then Post a Pleasing comment HERE that you Posted a Pin to Pinterest. (yes, I did all those P’s on Purpose.)

-Option 5: “Like” us on facebook!

The giveaway officially ends April 30th, 2012  at 1:00pm central time.

GIVEAWAY!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER! Click on "GIVEAWAY" at the top to see our current giveaway!

Ok. So. It's time for a giveaway. Yesterday we had 10,900 unique visitors on our blog. First, thanks to everyone for reading our blog! Second, we want to give everyone the opportunity to win something AWESOME. So we're having a GIVEAWAY!

You could win one of our ever-so-popular cantaloupe bowls. You know you've been eying them and totally want one!

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You want to win that bowl, you say? Great. I have some options for how you can enter to win: (Do option 1, option 3, or all of them! Do one option, you receive one entry. Do two options, you receive two entries. And so on...)

-Option 1: Sign up for our newsletter in the right hand column. Leave us a comment on this post saying you signed up. We will check :)

-Option 2: Leave us a comment on this post telling us which of our DIY Projects is your favorite!

-Option 3: Leave a comment on that favorite post of yours - stating successes or problems if you did the project, inspirations for another project, how our post made you feel happy, etc. Then leave a comment here that you commented. That's so redundant but awesome and necessary.

-Option 4: Post a Pin to Pinterest about the contest, and then Post a Pleasing comment HERE that you Posted a Pin to Pinterest. (yes, I did all those P's on Purpose.)

-Option 5: Post a link to this giveaway on Facebook! Then comment here that you did so.

The giveaway officially ends Tuesday, March 13th, 2012  at 2:00pm central time.