Wednesday, July 10, 2013

winter : a giveaway to celebrate the season

illustration by Rebekka Seale / design by Emily from Daily Smudge and em & jon design

This, the final in the seasonal giveaway series, is a collection of beautiful products to inspire creativity and prompt warm, slow days. There's a little bit of everything here; woollens for your child, decadent beauty products to nurture your skin, handprinted linens for your bedroom, wholefood cookbooks, art supplies and that Riviera blue cast iron French Oven. 

One winner will receive the following, valued at over $900:

1. Handknit fisherman's jumper made with organic wool from Nature Baby. Available in three colours and a variety of sizes, this classic knit is beautiful (and has very necessary pockets - always a good thing). Winner will choose colour and size - valued at $64.95

2. Cozy plus sleeping bag from aden + anais. Made from aden + anais' signature muslin, this sleeping bag has bottom and side zippers for easy changing and eliminates the need for blankets; ensuring baby stays warm and sleeps soundly (fingers crossed). Winner will choose colour/pattern and size - valued at $69.95

3. Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely skincare products including busy bee balm and body lotion.  Made with organic honey, orange and mandarin essential oils, these products are sweet and soothing - valued at $54.80

4. More from the bees! An absolute essential in my home, these beeswax tealight candles from QueenB create a beautiful golden light and help to purify the air - valued at $19.95

5. Jess from Hello Milky creates beautiful handprinted designs on cotton and linen. This set of 2 pillowcases features tiny gold dots on charcoal grey 100% cotton. Printed by hand using non-toxic, eco-friendly inks and valued at $76

6. Purdey Bonnet by Dover & Madden - a handmade 1970s-inspired ski bonnet featuring a bubble design and the possible addition of earflaps, available in size 3months-36months. Winner will choose colour and size - valued at $41

7. Early stART Woody Crayons from Micador. We love these chunky crayons (with jumbo sharpener) - perfect for little hands - valued at $15

8. Stockmar Watercolour Paint from Dragonfly Toys. Ideal for transparent painting, the colours tones have been chosen so that they can be mixed to yield all intermediate shades without losing their brilliance or intensity - valued at $64.50

9. Floral notecard set by the ever-lovely Rebekka Seale. Three 5" x 7" cards featuring prints of Rebekka's floral paintings. Printed on heavy, matte card stock with rounded edges, each card comes with a brown kraft envelope - valued at $13.50

10. Yes To products - free of all nasties and voted PETA's Best Cruelty-Free Cosmetic company for two of the last three years. Winner will receive Yes To Cucumbers Milk Cleanser and Yes To Carrots Intense Repair Hand Cream - valued at $29.90

11. Three cute packs of seeds from sow 'n sow including: trio of herbs, poppy and forget me nots. Each pack comes with a sweet envelope - the perfect little gift to send via snail mail. Valued at $28.90

12. Megan Morton's brand new book: I Love My Room. A beautiful collection of children's rooms to inspire (could be used as a baby name book too - there's some great names in there) - valued at $49.95

13. Every winter kitchen needs a little cast iron and this Chasseur 24cm round 3.8L casserole pot in Riviera blue is pretty perfect. Valued at $209 from Kitchen Warehouse.

14. Petite Kitchen by Eleanor Ozich; a fabulous winter "simple eating" cookbook inspired by tradition, whole foods and gathering with family - valued at $30.

15. Vintage French egg basket by Bayside Vintage - practical and so beautiful - valued at $85

16. Lhami - completely natural and organic, I absolutely adore the eucalyptus balm (so good on the chest and soles of the feet to beat winter colds) and the coconut body oil to add to a hot bath or slather over dry winter skin - valued at $44.90

17. The Moth - an arts and literature magazine and The Caterpillar - stories, poems and art from kids. New and original publications from Ireland - valued at $14

18. Seasoned - a wholefood winter cookbook full of homemade goodness by Julie from Cinnamon Girl - valued at $30


Entry to this giveaway is a little different to how I've done it in the past. This time it involves creativity in the form of haiku - a Japanese style of poetry that celebrates nature. There are up to 17 syllables in a three line haiku poem; 5 on the first line, 7 on the second and 5 on the third. A beautiful example:

"The field wren,
searching here, there, everywhere - 
has she lost something?"
- Issa

And so, to enter all you need to do is write a haiku poem about winter. I will nominate my favourite 10 poems and will send the list to each brand featured in the giveaway. They will then nominate their favourite and the poem with the most votes wins. 

This giveaway ends on Thursday 18th July at 9pm. I'll announce the winner in the days following. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask them in the comments section - I'll respond there as soon as I can. 

This giveaway is open to readers across the globe (even if you are currently basking in summer).

Best of luck! 


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