Saturday, 1 September 2012

A Birthday Giveaway and a Pinny Launch!


A year ago today, with great trepidation, I opened my Tickle & Hide Etsy shop! For someone who's always liked to flitter between creative interests, never committing to one, opening a shop was a bit like getting married! I felt like I had a big fat sign on my head saying, "Hello? Will you like me?" And I was so incredibly thankful for dear friends who brought around balloons and flowers and champaigne that day. Their gifts spoke right to me, "You are not silly! And you can do this!"


One year later, I'm still here. Still dreaming about quilts and pinnies in my sleep, still getting those exciting notifications that I've sold another favourite dress and thinking, "Oh, you love it too!" I've been encouraged in the true sense of the word - filled with courage, by new friends from across the sea, my best friend in my own home and Tully begging me to let him wear his rocket shorts to bed. :)


So I wanted to do something to celebrate, actually, a few things. Can I share them with you?


Firstly, I'm having a giveaway! These photos are of a little activity bag put together by me and old and new friends. It includes one of my signature drawstring quilts, these cuter than cute foam "paper" dolls (I've been having so much fun with these, can you tell?!)...



a Surprise Puzzle, sponsored by my good friends over at Schloss, makers of amazing wooden toys...



And this funky Russian couple from Monkeys in the Kitchen (the two on the right), Igor and Sasha! (Tully snatched Capt'n Jack the second he emerged from the bag and I didn't have the heart to tell him it was for a giveaway! ;))


This activity bag is perfect for taking to restaurants, church, old Aunt Maud's...all the places you wish you had something to engage them so that you could have long conversations, or child 'unfriendly' places where they need to sit still way too long.


To enter:
  • Leave a comment under this post! Maybe tell me what you would add to it? 
  • Followers of my blog or Facebook page get an extra entry. Leave a second comment to say so.
  • For another entry, share this giveaway with your friends! Then come back and leave another comment to let me know.
  • And for 2 extra entries, go say thank you to Schloss and Monkeys in the Kitchen by liking them on Facebook, then come back and tell me, one for each. 

Wow! 5 chances! International entries welcome.
Make sure I have a way of contacting you! Either through your google account or leaving your email address in your entry. Thanks! I'll draw the winner Tuesday 8:30pm, Sydney time.


Then, pop over to my Facebook Page for the launch of my new line of pinafores, "Paper Dolls". My friend Anneliese and I have been working tirelessly to create a collection of pinnies that are both art and functional. I'm sure you'll love Anneliese's Paper Doll illustrations! They evoke for me, memories of playing with paper dolls as a child, a fun feeling I still get, now having a little girl!
As an extra thank you, I'm offering 20% off everything in the shop for 24 hours till 8pm Sunday night Sydney time, with the code 'birthday20'. (There are things for boys there too!)

Ok! Thank you again dear friends! Enter away!
Jodi. xxx

104 comments:

  1. Wow what a great idea & give away!
    I'd add a handful of link-a-blocks or some mega blocks into my kids activity bag - that would keep them happy for hours :)
    Thanks, Lisa
    dreamer14_95@yahoo.com

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  2. Jodi i am so doing all 5...

    1. This email :-)...

    2. Facebook page... Which i LOVE

    3 Sharing right now

    4 & 5... will occur after i share your page :-)

    xxx Teneille

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  3. Happy birthday to happy birthday to you. Congratulations one year on. Love your work :) edna cummings740@gmail.com

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  4. Do you know how much I love that bag Jodi - I was soooo close to buying it on Saturday night after we finished ironing and tagging : )
    I would add books - with books Amelia will be happy forever.

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  5. Of course I follow you on Facebook - your one of the few pages I check daily even if it doesn't come up in my feed : )

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  6. I almost hesitate to share because I want to win but I know that giving is greater than receiving and I want everyone I know to be given the joy of your beautiful creations so .... I Shared : )

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  7. Hi jodie Im also a facebook follower. Can not wait for the new pinnys thanks edna cummings :)

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  8. Like Monkeys in the Kitchen on Facebook.

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  9. Shared the love on fb too - edna cummings

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  10. Liked Monkeys in the kitchen - edna cummings

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  11. Liked schloss - edna cummings

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  12. Hi Jodi! This is a great giveaway! Is it open internationally? Please?

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  13. And I like Monkeys in the kitchen

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  14. I would add my baby's favourite owl rattle and we would be set to go. Beautiful giveaway! Myfanwy Graham

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  15. I'm also a fan on Facebook. Myfanwy Graham

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  16. I would add crayons and a colouring book!

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  17. I'd add a crayon roll and blank coloring pad.

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  18. I'd add a few matchbox cars for my little guy and a coloring kit for my big girl. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  19. Congratulations Jodi! Your work is just fantastic and I am fortunate enough to own one of your lovely quilts.

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  20. I follow your blog and your Facebook page.

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  21. Looks like it's been a great year. The way my family works, I'd be adding a snack cup. We always behave better when there is food involved. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

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  22. Oh, how amazing. I'd add some little cloth books and give it to my sister - my first ever niece was born at 6.45 this morning and most of the books I've given her so far are really to be kept for a couple of years before they'll be appreciated.

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  23. And I already follow you in my feed reader and on facebook.

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  24. I just liked Schloss on FB.

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  25. And I just liked Monkeys in the Kitchen. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  26. Fab giveaway! Count me in! I am a follower too!

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  27. Love the give away. I am a follower.

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  28. Visisted your friends on facebook.

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  29. What else could be added to this treasure collection? Maybe a good book for me to read while my kids are playing with all their new treasures? haha! :)

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  30. Did the thank you likes on FB.

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  31. Did both thank you likes on FB!

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  32. Congrats to you, Jodi! SO happy for your success!!

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  33. Jodi i am so doing all 5...
    Hi Jodi. Happy Birthday.

    I love reading what you are up to and I finished my first playmat yesterday - so exciting!!
    I am going to enter all 5 thankyou.

    I would add a little book for my bubba to chew on and I can read to him.
    Entering:
    1. This post

    2. Facebook page...

    3 Sharing with my friends

    4 & 5... will occur too - thanks everyone

    Melynda

    mjm1978@hotmail.com

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  34. I'm a reader so I would add a book. Sew cute. fran.daoust@yahoo.com

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  35. Congratulations! You know what a BIG fan I am of your beautiful work and philosophy. I'm doing all 5 actions so I'll be popping back!! My girl loves to read so I would add a book and we also love crayons so a small pad and paper plus a small fabric bag for all the "treasures" my little 18 month old seems to pick up along the way (flowers, dead beetles, bottle tops etc).

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  36. Hello again, I'm alredy a fb fan but it is good to congratulation you again!!! (fb entry!)

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  37. Here is my Schloss fb entry:)

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  38. Here is my monkeys in the kitchen entry!

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  39. Shared on my blog, written up and should be posted up later today!

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  40. Ohh, I love this giveaway! I would add some of the little gnomes or wood cars my son loves to play with. featheredneststudio [at] gmail [dot] com

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  41. I like your page on FB, too. (And as a side note, I love your Etsy shop and have it in my favorites!)

    featheredneststudio [at] gmail [dot] com

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  42. Congratulations Jodi! I would add a crayon wallet for Tahlia and a rattle for Josh :) I love the idea of the drawstring quilt - I've often thought about getting one when I'm out and about with no soft place for the kids to play xx

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  43. ...And of course I've been a facebook fan from the beginning! (oops, better leave my email: annaliese@cordelle.com.au)

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  44. What a great idea for the bag ;)

    I would add threading dolls/animals/beads... They keep kids occupied and still (and quiet!)--

    Congrats on your 'birthday' dear one!

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  45. You know I love you here and there!

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  46. Went and shared my love with Monkeys--thought I had already so thar you go!!

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  47. Shared my love with Schloss too--how awesome are those puzzles!!!

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  48. Hi Jody, love your gear, my daughters would also benefit from books added to bag. Love the look of the puzzle so planning on liking the pages on fb already liked your fb page. All the very best for the next year! sue

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  49. sue1167@hotmail.com3 September 2012 at 22:35

    Sue as above, has liked the two links mentioned, 5 entries fantastic.

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  50. Happy 1st Birthday! You already know I love your work by my stalking and drooling on your facebook page :)

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  51. Happy Birthday! Loving the whole package

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  52. Love your beautiful creations! I would add in Mollie's favorite Hippo and some fabric books and we would be set! Photomomma13@gmail.com

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  53. Already a huge follower of Monkeys in The Kitchen! It's how I found you! :-) photomomma13@gmail.com

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  54. Liked and Love your Facebook page! Photomomma13@gmail.com

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  55. Liked Schloss on Facebook! Fab stuff! Photomomma13@gmail.com

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  56. Just shared the giveaway on fb! Love from the States!! Photomomma13@gmail.com

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  57. Oh my gosh!! This is ADORABLE!!! And such a Grand idea!!! We take our Grandgirlie to Church with us pretty often, and this would be soooo cool!! Would put a few of her Story Books inside too....and some Fruit Snacks of course! LOL Would be great on long drives too! Wooohoo!

    Thanks for chance to win such a delightfully fun surprise!! :)

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  58. I'm also a new Follower!!! Would share with everyone I know, but don't do the Facebook or Twitter stuff.

    Thanks for chance to win super Special prize! :)

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  59. Oh wow, so glad I stumbled across this blog - your little creations are just beautiful!! This is an entry for your competition but more so a proposal for a bit of a working relationship = I love finding Aussie mamas who create gorgeous stuff that I can support - check out my blog www.inkedincolour.com and send me an email sash@inkedincolour.com if you're interested in having a chat xx

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  60. Liked Schloss :)

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  61. Liked Monkeys in the Kitchen too :)

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  62. Shared from my Cordelle page too hun! xx
    (Annaliese: annaliese@cordelle.com.au)

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  63. I like your blog very much, teh activity bag is great!

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  64. What a gorgeous giveaway! My 4 kids would love carting this bag around. I would add our favourite going out toy, the Aqua Doodle (easy drawing with no mess, just add water). I bought extra pens online so they all draw at once. Thank you so much for the chance.

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  65. Shared the giveaway on my facebook profile with a tag https://www.facebook.com/jessieboan

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  66. Fan of Schloss on facebook and left a comment.

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  67. New fan of Monkeys in the Kitchen on facebook too.

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  68. Yay for 1 year!!!! So happy for you. If I win this will go to a very special bestie of mine who is soon to have her first!

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  69. And I'm a Facebook liker as well :)

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  70. These are soooo cool! I would love to win them ;)
    I would add a wooden puzzle to the bundle!
    I've already liked your page and I'm going to share and I'm going to like those other pages as well :)
    Everything you make is just beautiful!

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  71. Love your work, Jodi. I agree with pp, I would probably add some books and some colouring gear (I love those really chunky colouring pencils).

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  72. I'm a facebook liker as well!

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  73. Yay for 1 year on!! Whoop whoop congrats girl

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  74. Ofcourse I follow u on fb

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  75. I have also liked schloss (gorgeous things!)

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  76. I didn't know Schloss's had a fb page. Cool. Liked!

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  77. What can I add - well it's pretty amazing! Perhaps a crayon wallet and a colouring book would be fun.
    Virginia Mason vkmason@hotmail.com

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  78. I follow Tickle & Hide on facebook.
    Virginia Mason vkmason@hotmail.com

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  79. I have shared this giveaway on facebook.
    Virginia Mason - vkmason@hotmail.com

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  80. I like Schloss on facebook.
    Virginia Mason - vkmason@hotmail.com

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  81. I like Monkeys in the Kitchen on facebook too.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Virginia Mason vkmason@hotmail.com

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  82. I like you on fb and follow your blog.
    Shared.
    ..and I would add a bottle of bubble-blow - cos bubbles are fun! (tho messy ;))

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  83. Monkey in the kitchen... liked! Cool site.

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  84. Shared! Yay. did it.
    All giveaway aside, You have done an amazing job Jo and you deserve all the sales in the world. You've worked hard and your creations are just BEAUTIFUL!xoxo

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  85. Hi Jodi,

    love your blog and congrats on your first year. I would love to donate a little something from Candy Bows to your give away.

    Robyn x

    Www.Facebook.com/CandyBowsAustralia

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I so love your comments! I read all of them and reply when I can. If you don't hear back, I'm lost under a mound of scraps or outside jumping on the trampoline with the kids. Jodi. xx