Someone special to me is having a baby soon-ish and I’ve been wondering about a gift for the new baby. It has to be something I can post, and something a little different, something a little special.
The shops are full of cute baby stuff, but I want to get something special, so I did what I usually do in these situations, I headed on over to Madeit.
If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what Madeit is, it’s an online market place for all things hand made. Pretty much the Aussie version of Etsy. And since is it is stocked with Australian handmade goods, there is no exchange rate to worry about, you can be sure that everyone ships to Australia, and that your item will come pretty fast… which is a must for last minute shoppes like me. Plus it feels good to but handmade.
It feels good to support other ‘Work At Home Mums’ (WAHM) or artists earn some money from creative passions. I’d much rather pay a few dollars more and know the money is going to a real person, rather than getting something a little cheaper and have the money be eaten up by a giant corporation, often with questionable ethics.
So when I got an email asking if I might do a give away for a WAHM who makes gorgeous kids clothes, it was easy to say yes.
Joanne is the artist and seamstress behind Dapple Grey. Her MadeIt store is full of gorgeous kids clothing and hair accessories with more and varied items to come.
It is lovely to read the story behind Dapple Grey – of a grandmother and mother who passed on their skill and passion of sewing and of a ‘fashions on the field’ addict (and winner!) and of how Joanne came up with the name for her business. It’s stories like these that connect with me and inspire me to support small businesses and buy hand made.
Joanne is kindly offering a fabulous give away for Picklebums readers, up to $50 to be spent on any items in the Dapple Grey shop. – This competition is now closed, the winner has been notified and will be listed here soon.
To win you will need to leave a comment on this post, and tell me why you choose to buy handmade. The most creative, funny, or insightful comment will win.
To enter you must be an Australian resident and provide a valid email address. Entries are limited to one per household.
Entries close 6pm AEST Friday March 23rd 2012, the winner will be contacted by email and announced on this post. The winner must contact me within 5 days or the prize will be re-drawn. The winner’s contact details will be passed on to Dapple Grey and you will communicate directly with Joanne to choose your item(s) and arrange postage.