Monday, July 18, 2011

Meltdown Monday Giveaway

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Another Monday, another giveaway! How's yours so far? No melting down too badly, I hope.
This week's giveaway comes from the very talented, Melissa, who sells her handknit goodness here and blogs over at Wild Faerie Caps. Her wool soaker shorties and longies are so darling and, speaking as a cloth diaper mama who uses wool, a really great design. She also makes sweet and simple Waldorf inspired toys; dolls, gnome and playmats. Let's get to know a little more about Melissa, shall we?!

This Cosy Life- Hi, Melissa, and welcome to Meltdown Monday! Tell us a little about yourself so we can know the person behind the work.

Melissa- I am a mother to three wild, homeschooled boys. When I'm not chasing kids, I fill my time with crafting and books. Very ocassionaly I tackle the mountain of laundry that lives in our hamper.

This Cosy Life- What do you create and what are your favorite materials?

Melissa- Once upon a time I was a bookbinder. After that became work rather than play, I tried my hand at sewing plushies for my kids and needle felting. In the past year or so I discovered knitting and haven't looked back. My favorite materials are natural ones: wool, cotton, bamboo.

This Cosy Life- What inspires your creations?

Melissa- Honestly, I am greatly inspired by all of the amazing blogging women out there. I learned to knit out of necessity. I wanted longies for my babies and couldn't afford to buy them. Since learning the very basics I am constantly inspired by the creations I see all over the internet. And of course, my kids inspire me daily. And if not inspire, they definitely egg me on!

This Cosy Life- How do you balance 'making' with mothering?

Melissa- Oh goodness. I don't? I sneak in as much "making" time as I can. While the kids are quietly playing, while they're still asleep in the morning, while I'm eating my lunch! With two kids under the age of three, my "making" time usually takes a back seat. This fall my oldest son and I are going to tackle the concept of handwork during his homeschool lessons. With that and the growing independence of my other two, I hope to fit in more ways to let my creativity out.

This Cosy Life- Thank you so much for for joining us for Meltdown Monday!

Melissa- Thanks for having me, it's an honor to be a small part of your wonderful blog.

Today, Melissa is giving away this sweet little she made to one lucky reader.
It's about six
inches tall, made with superwash wool and a silk/cotton/wool
and is stuffed with bamboo filling.

OK, so to enter leave me a comment. You can let me know how your Monday is going or, better yet, tell me how you beat the dreadful Meltdown Monday or just say hi. Whatever.

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I will randomly pick a winner on Sunday July 24th and announce here, on my blog. (Please, make sure I have a way to contact you!)

PS: If anyone is interested in participating in a Monday Meltdown giveaway, here on my blog, contact me here. Whether an item from your Etsy shop or just a little something you would like to give away to brighten someone's Monday, it's all good!