Grand Bazaar Giveaway

by Michael Goins on June 29, 2013

Do you dream of travelling abroad on a warm summer night or maybe you’d just like to add a little color to your home? Join My Wonderful Walls for the Grand Bazaar Giveaway featuring 11 handcrafted items from Etsy artists across the country all for one winner (and of course we’re including one of our Elegant Elephant Wall Stickers). We have collected some pieces that would look beautiful in a living room, bedroom or maybe a home office. The bright colors and floral patterns will inspire and delight you and all the while you’ll be showing your love of handcrafted items. Many are also eco-friendly so read on.

Once you’ve read all about the amazing gifts you might win, jump down to the bottom of the blog post to enter to win via our easy Rafflecopter widget. One person will take home over $405 in Grand Bazaar prizes. The giveaway is open to U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all European Union countries!

Elegant Elephant Wall Sticker
By Michael Goins at My Wonderful Walls
Value $75.99

When his kids started dreaming beyond their four walls, Michael Goins from My Wonderful Walls grabbed his paints. After hand-painting a mural in their oldest son’s room, he had a “light bulb” moment. How great would it be to make giant stencil kits that would easily allow all parents to paint their own wall mural?! Well, turns out his wife Stephanie loved the idea too, and the My Wonderful Walls was born! Now the couple runs the business together in Tennessee and even get their kids in on the act for “market research”. They have added hundreds of new kids’ wall decor and also offer elegant, unique designs for grown-ups. And all of their products are created with the person who can’t draw a stick figure in mind.

For example this Large Elegant Elephant Fabric Wall Sticker is a wonderful piece for a livingroom, bedroom or home office.  This peel & stick elephant wall sticker boasts a rainbow of brilliant colors in a funky floral pattern and comes in 2 sizes and as left or right-facing. And like all the My Wonderful Walls stickers, this guy is removable, repositionable, tear-resistant and mess-free. Winner will receive the same elephant shown here, left facing and large. VisitMyWonderfulWalls.comfor more wall decals as well as wall stencil kits and canvas wall art. Also make sure to stop byOwl Hill, the next chapter for the Goins family, a free educational website for art and music education they have been building.

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Red Resin Elephants Pair
By Jennifer Guthrie at The Yellow Spoon
Value $32

Jennifer Guthrie is not only a 30-something college student who went back to school to pursue her Graphic Design degree but she’s also an eco-minded artist who upcycles many of her pieces. One of the most popular items in her shop are her hand stamped birch wood spoons - a great alternative to plastic spoons for parties! They are made from solid birch wood that is harvested from the Forest Stewardship Council Certified replanted/sustainable forests.  These handcrafted spoons are biodegradable and compostable.

A Greenville, SC native, Jennifer says she loves color and if you check out The Yellow Spoon you will find a rainbow of items sure to delight. Like this pair of red resin elephants hand-painted in a deep red. These cute pachyderms measure  6 1/2" H x 6 1/2" L x 3" D and are sealed to last. Wouldn’t these look adorable on a side table or shelf in your home? Want these cute elephants but in a different color, convo Jennifer quick as there is only one more pair available. For more colorful home décor items, jewelry and those birch wood spoons, check outThe Yellow Spoonon Etsy.
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Stained Glass Block Lamp
By Angelika Parker at Sparky’s Stained Glass Art

Value $35

Angelika Parker of Sparky’s Stained Glass Art in Fort Eustis, VA says she was inspired to start stained glass art painting after seeing a window color set in Michael’s. She began making unique Christmas gifts for friends and family and that quickly turned into so much more. Her family encouraged her to start selling her work so in February of 2013, she opened Sparky’s Stained Glass Art on Etsy. Each piece is unique and Angelika hand paints/stains all her work.  Her framed artwork is protected by two pieces of glass. She uses free floating frames and paints on one piece of glass that is then covered by another piece of glass. So both sides are smooth and you can see the picture from both sides. She also does custom work and recently started doing some beaded earrings.

This one of a kind block lamp features a beautiful mosaic design and is painted with Gallery Glass Window Colors Paint on the outside. Meaning, if not handled with care, the paint can be scratched or peeled off. So only use a damp cloth to clean. The glass block is 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches without the stand and comes with a black stand,  5 watt bulb, that's part of the accessory cord that is 5 feet long complete with an on and off switch. Visit the shop’s About Page for more information about Angelika and her inspiration. If you are looking for unique hand painted glass art, check outSparky’s Stained Glass Art for more of Angelika’s work.

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Glowing Lotus 8 X 10 Print
by Saiisha at Art Peace Creations

Value $27

Saiisha from Art Peace Creations in Newark, DE says she first found photography when she turned 40, in the middle of a mid-life search for something. Walking in nature was like a conversation with herself and reaching within. When she touched a flower, watched a butterfly or reached for a blossoming branch, she felt a surge of something – like her soul spilling over - with joy, abandon, and abundance. She wanted to share that joy with others and found in Etsy the perfect online community who value creativity, art, seeing, creation. Saiisha says her dream is to eventually let go of her day job, and find her peace in photography and painting.

This gorgeous Glowing Lotus photograph was taken in the summer of 2012 and shows a bright pink lotus on a black and white backdrop with a bee right in the glowing center. This 8 X 10 print will add the right touch of Zen to any room, just add a frame and hang.  For other gorgeous photography and paintings check out theArt Peace Creationsshop on Etsy.

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Bright Summer Market Tote Bag
by Shirley Dodge at ShirleyBAGS by Shirley Dodge Designs

Value $38

Shirley Dodge who hails from Hidden Valley Lake, CA says she loves to paint and screen print her designs on to fabric then put them together with other fabrics she collects and create bags, purses, totes and more!  Shirley says she has been drawn to textiles from a young age, maybe due to the comfort of growing up with her Grandmothers’ knitting projects, and “Auntie's sewing"  room where she made ballet costumes for the local theater company. She was always inspired by those big boxes full of brightly colored fabrics, with photos pinned up above the sewing machine! Her artwork has been recognized nationally in interior design centers and art exhibitions.  Locally Shirley has been teaching art to young children for many years, keeping art and the creative process alive in the children's classroom, a personal joy for Shirley. Shirley believes in protecting the environment and reducing plastic shopping with a sense of style. Her eco-friendly  totes are strong and make perfect gifts, further encouraging the use of fabric bags

This Bright Summer Market Tote Bag measures approximately 13" high x 17" wide x 4" deep  with side gussets. It closes with a handy magnetic snap flap inside holding items secure and upright! There are two open pockets inside for easy find for your cell and keys, as well as a large closing outside pocket for maps, or tickets or anything else you need close at hand. You can easily spot wash a stain but the tote is completely machine washable. Great bag for a day of shopping at the bazaar or for the gym or beach! Purchase this bag or any of Shirley’s other great ShirleyBAGS at her Etsy shop,ShirleyBAGS by Shirley Dodge Designsor ask her about a custom bag.

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Upcycled BOHO Handpainted Frame Set
By Courtney Kellum at Timeless n Chic
Value $39.95

Courtney Kellum will tell you she loves to make people laugh and you can just tell when you convo this Canyon Lake, TX resident how true it is. Her shop, Timeless n Chic is her little piece of heaven.  Courtney began making things look old many years ago when she would frame her son’s artwork in distressed frames and hang on a wall for just his work.  She has a passion for old rustic, weathered time-worn pieces – and loves to create products that exude that feel.  Courtney says she went with that feeling years ago and has no regrets!

Her shop features used or vintage items she finds and upcycles with color and imagination. You will find picture frames, candle holders, furniture and more. All her work is created by her and hand sanded and hand painted. She also gives a 10% discount to military personnel and veterans every day! This BOHO frame set was originally black hard plastic. Courtney has painted these in bright colors and given them her timeless aging process. Each measures approximately 13” x 8”. You can group them together or apart to make a wonderful wall piece. Add a print to them or use like they are. Check out theTimeless n Chicshop for more upcycled décor.

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Cotton and Burlap Floral Elephant Pillow Cover
By Jolie Marchie

Value $35

At Jolie Marche in Franklin, TN you’ll find fun, novelty, beautiful fabrics used in home décor items that can't be found anywhere else. They frequently utilize beautiful vintage botanicals and natural history images to create little pieces of art to admire on your bed or sofa every day.

This pillow cover fits an 18” insert (not included) with a burlap back. An amazing elephant holding colorful flowers in her trunk adorns the cotton front. Will look great on your couch, chair or anywhere! Check outJolie Marchefor more floral and animal designs as well as a wide variety of designs inspired by the beach, holidays and more.

Colorful Paper Flower Garlands
By Katie Antonson at Lille Syster
Value $40

Katie Antonson from Lille Syster in Easton, PA says she’s always played with paper; from flowers to fans. When faced with the need to create decorations for her little sister’s wedding, she started making paper flowers and quickly realized she could string them together to make garland. They were a big hit and Katie soon realized she could sell them for events and home décor and Lille Syster was born. You’ll find all kinds of paper in the flowers Katie makes from book pages to ephemera, ski lift maps to handmade paper and card stock. She will customize your flowers to fit any color scheme or style. Katie uses upcycled and recycled paper products often in her art. Lille Syster has become her full time job, and Katie couldn't be happier.

This pair of two multi-colored floral garlands will look great strung across a wall either end to end or nested. Use them for a special occasion or just for a pop of color every day. Each spans about 4 feet of flowers and is strung on a rustic hemp strand. VisitLille Systerfor other gorgeous paper floral garlands and loose flowers or convo Katie for garlands in custom colors.

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Sunburst Moroccan Mosaic Coaster Set
By Jill Farnsley at No Sweat Coasters
Value $22

Jill Farnsley from No Sweat Coasters got started with her Etsy shop and hand crafted coasters when she gave up on finding the perfect coasters in stores.  No two are exactly the same due to the nature of the natural marble and partly due to the nature of the transfer process. But, Jill thinks that individuality is part of what makes these so great. The Louisville, KY artist features designs like damask, chevron and single mix & match designs or you can request a custom design. Jill also sells movie art, pop culture and album cover coasters at her other Etsy shop, Southern Culture Gifts.

These Sunburst Moroccan inspired coasters are a beautiful addition to any table, whether it’s for watching t.v. at home or entertaining. You will receive a set of four handcrafted 4 X 4 coasters. Each tumbled marble coaster is unique and this image is a representation of the coaster you will receive. All coasters are backed with cork to protect your furniture and are not dishwasher safe.  To clean, simply wipe with a damp rag as needed. Check outNo Sweat Coasterson Etsy for more designs or convo Jill for a custom order.

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Blue Elephant Locket
by Robin Lehto at Locket Fox

Value $32.50

Robin Lehto was inspired to start making lockets when a friend of hers had to move from one state to another and leave her cat behind. The little girl really loved her cat and loved lockets so a gift allowing her to keep the image of her cat close to her heart seemed like the perfect gift. As an art student Robin had been told by one of her professors “stop making those cartoons and focus on these. These are the paintings you make that will matter. The rest of your work is too cute, and will never be 'important' like these paintings are” and she listened. Frustrated that her paintings were not selling and she couldn’t make a living selling the cute creations she loved (or so she thought).

She moved to New York and became a puppeteer which gave her an outlet for her adorable creatures but wasn’t what she wanted long term.  Robin moved back to Oregon and discovered resin which was like glass. The medium allowed her to combine her original designs with a locket. Robin now creates her lockets in her Wilmington, NC studio and sells them on Etsy as well as in local boutique stores.

This particular beautiful blue elephant locket hangs on a 20” brass link chain and is just gorgeous. The image is permanently bonded and sealed to the metal locket, is UV and water resistant. Gift box included. Check out her other beautiful lockets atLocket Foxon Etsy or convo her.

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Hanging Wine Bottle Flower Vase
By Svenja Sjoquist at  Creaschön Crafts
Value $28

The name Creaschön was inspired by owner, Svenja’s German roots. She was having a tough time inventing a name to define her work and came up with the word Creaschön after creation and
“Schon” which in German means beautiful.  Svenja has always been crafty and from an early age was fascinated with color, shape, design and creating something with her own two hands. Handcrafted gifts were a given from this artist in Manchester, NH. But after receiving requests from friends and family and then extended friends and family for some of her work, Svenja decided to pursue a career with her art. Her wood signs are purchased for things like weddings and reunions and Svenja has begun to add other wood gifts to her Etsy shop. Not only does she have a thriving Etsy store but Svenja is a nursing student by day. Amazing!

This beautiful handcrafted hanging vase is a perfect for gift for any wine lover, or just someone looking for a neat, quirky addition to their home. This green bottle vase can be filled with dried flowers or fresh flowers, as you can simply unscrew the bottle from the wall and replace water and such. The vase and board measures 5.5"L x 6"W x 18"H and is equipped with a hanger in the back. This will hang FLAT against any wall with one nail or screw. Each bottle and wood board is different making each piece one of a kind. Take a peek at the other 100% handcrafted items in theCreaschön Craftsstore or convo Svenja about a custom order.
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HOW TO ENTER: Contest is open to those 18 and older in the US and Canada. Also, those 18 and older in Australia, New Zealand and all European Union countries are eligible to win but any customs fees/taxes/duties will be your responsibility.
Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. If you can’t see it, wait a minute (sometimes they are slow to load) or view this post in Chrome or Firefox for best results. First entry method is mandatory and then you can do as many or as few of the other ones as you wish. Giveaway ends at midnight CST on 7/9/2013. Winner will be selected by random on July 10th and will be notified by email. Winner has 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. Please make sure the email you log into Rafflecopter with is an email you check.

Special Note: If you can’t wait to purchase this Elegant Elephant Wall Sticker until the giveaway is over, go for it. If you are the lucky winner, we’ll refund you the price you paid for your elephant sticker.

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