When this week of apron giveaways kicked off word spread quickly amongst a corridor of the online crafting community and before long I had more apron makers than I knew what to do with! It was a good problem! Here’s where low expectations will get you into trouble though… for some reason I had no idea that so many crafters would jump at this opportunity. Did I ever miscalculate! I thought perhaps I would have maybe four giveaways this week… I was really hoping for five… I simply couldn’t have imagined this kind of turn out.
So as I said, crafters have started coming out of the woodwork wanting to join in on the fun… so mark my words, this is NOT my last contest!! Well… I might spread it out over a longer period of time… But there are small online business owners and Momtrepreneurs that are just itching to get the word out about their products.
The internet and places like Etsy are the future of Mom and Pop operations, one of a kind manufacturers and crafters. Individuality, uniqueness and quality are the sacrificial lambs in this highly homogonized world of retail that we live in, where someone in one part of the country might have the same wardrobe, furniture, accessories, etc… as someone in any other part of the country thanks to places like Ikea, WalMart, Target and the like. Don’t get me wrong… I love some of those stores! I just think we need to place a higher value on the individuality that is out there if we are willing to look for it. All of these women featured here this week prove that.
So I hope I’ve in a sense, ruined WalMart and Target for you (you know…. not for toilet paper and dishwashing soap…) so that next time you need something that you think might be made handmade by someone, somewhere you first think to look online to find a small online entrepreneur or a homemaker like yourself who is trying to assist her family income by way of the work of her hands. We need to do what we can to support these enterprising ladies.
Okay… so I’m getting off my soapbox now to point you toward my last, but certainly not least, apron maker. Jennifer at One of Mine contacted me this week full of excitement about the buzz revolving around Apronpalooza! Jennifer does not sell her products online so she is doing this simply because she loves aprons… I can’t think of anything more humble and generous!
Jennifer sells her products at a Kansas City Eclectics Gallery (I tried to link it but it was not working) as well as at a brick and mortar shop called Vintiques.
Thank you Jennifer for your generosity and kindness! I wish you great success in the building of your business.
The WINNER of this contest will receive this beautifully feminine apron made with care by Jennifer. I love the way it fits snugly. I love the neck line. I love everything about this simply elegant apron. (Please pay close attention to the rules below as they vary from previous contests.)
To Enter this Contest:
1) Visit the sponsors website, have a look around and then leave a comment here with #1 What you enjoyed most about these contests this week and #2 What other kind of craft you would most like to see me highlight here by way of a contest. #3 Telling why you love this apron. (yeah…. I’m makin‘ ya work for it now!)
2) You may enter this contest only once.
3) This contest’s deadline is Friday, June 8th at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time
4) Do NOT post anonymously. Anonymous posters will not be entered into the drawing.
5) A winner will be chosen by random drawing (for more info. on this, read this post)
HOW THE CONTEST WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED:
Tomorrow between noon and 6p.m. I will post the winners for all of the contests. At that point I will need the winners to e-mail me using the e-mail me feature in the left sidebar of my blog to give me their full names, addresses and preferences if their winnings include a choice or an option of some kind.