[GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Congrats to the winner, Anna S. of “Spool of Sunshine”!]
Hey everyone! I ordered this super cute “Keep Calm and Carry Yarn" pendant on Etsy recently and had to share it with you since I know we are all yarn lovers!!! Click on the pictures to get a better view of it- there’s a ball of yarn on top and it’s a beautiful fuscia colour! I ordered it from a fellow Canadian named Lisa who makes many different pendants using wooden Scrabble tiles in her shop called "Pieces of Me Pendants”. I thought this pendant was really cute since the “Keep Calm” meme is so popular these days and the “Carry Yarn” is a clever take on the “Carry On”!
The good news is that Lisa offered to do a GIVEAWAY for my readers too! She is allowing the winner to choose any pendant and any chain from her shop (I am wearing the snake chain for those of you interested)!!!
Yesterday was Thanksgiving in Canada and I wanted to share how thankful I am to God for my family, my friends, my church family and the opportunity and blessing to be a wife and a mother. Our little girl is turning 1 this week and the year has absolutely flown by! I am so very thankful that I was able to pursue my creative and crafty side after putting it on the back burner for so many years when I was super busy with school. Sometimes it is still surreal to me that I have a blog and that I’m crocheting little stuffed animals and sharing my work with the world (stay tuned for some new amigurumi coming your way soon)! I am so incredibly thankful to you, my readers, for always expressing how appreciative you are and giving us so much feedback about our work. It really does spur us on and we love reading all your comments and seeing your work! I have made many good friends along the way (you know who you are :D) and it’s been amazing connecting with people with similar passions and interests! I have so many loyal readers who have followed me throughout the years and have seen my style and blogging progress. Every time I hit a milestone on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram I’m always itching to do a giveaway to thank my followers, so here we go!
To enter the GIVEAWAY [NOW CLOSED]:
(1) Leave a comment below (through Disqus comments) saying what YOU are THANKFUL for! I can’t wait to read the entries and share the love :)
(2) Visit Lisa’s “Pieces of Me Pendants" shop on Etsy HERE and take a look at her different pendants and chains (snake, ball or box chains) available. In the same comment above state what pendant and chain you would choose if you are the winner!
This contest is open worldwide and will close on Sunday, October 20th at 8 PM, MST. If you are under 18, please ask your parents’ permission before entering. I will randomly choose a winner! Thank you so much to Lisa for partnering with me in this giveaway!
[GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!! Thank you for entering :) The blog directory is now posted HERE!]
I have been working hard on compiling our amigurumi & crochet blog directory and will be publishing it soon! However, we thought it would be fun to play a little guessing game, complete with a prize!
Leave a response below guessing the total number of blogs in the directory at this moment in time (at the publishing of this current post) since more blogs are always trickling in. You can guess through my Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram as well! The person who guesses the closest will win the beautiful green B/2.25 mm Clover Amour crochet hook pictured above! I have been using Amour crochet hooks for the past couple of months and have been loving them! I will be doing a full blog post about them soon too :)
In the event of a tie, I will randomly choose a winner! This guessing game is open worldwide and will close on Wednesday evening (August 7th, 9 PM MST) when the directory will be published! Happy guessing!
***The winners of the blog directory guessing game are "AmiCrafter" (blog comments) and "Bisukiut" (Instagram) as both guessed 183, and there were 184 blogs in the directory at the time of the contest! By random draw, AmiCrafter will receive the crochet hook, but we didn’t want to leave Bisukiut empty-handed, so she will receive a bunny felt kit :) Congratulations and thanks for guessing! Many of you were very close!***
Once again, this blog post is somewhat of a departure from what I typically blog about (crochet, baking, travel), similar to when I blogged about “My Maternity Fashion" here. At first I was hesitant about whether I should blog about this, but I decided that other mamas and mamas-to-be might find it helpful, so I decided to go for it! I will highlight two Canadian companies that have made items that I’ve loved so far as a new mama :)
I always knew I wanted to breastfeed Myla from the very beginning because of all the health benefits for both Myla and I (not to mention it also burns 500 calories a day!). I must say that I’ve really been enjoying it for the past 4 months and I’ve found our nursing sessions to be precious bonding time. After getting the hang of it in the comfort of our home, I was nervous about taking our little newborn out and having to feed her in public settings.
I knew that wearing certain clothing items and outfits would make nursing in public very cumbersome, and I hadn’t even thought about how my wardrobe would now be somewhat restricted since I was breastfeeding (I thought I was already past the “wardrobe limitation” phase of being pregnant!). Button-down shirts, v-necks, and tank tops + cardigans were now the way to go as I would scan each item in my closet and assess how easy/difficult it would be to feed Myla in it. I decided to research what different nursing clothing options were available to facilitate breastfeeding in public.
I came across a Canadian company based out of Montreal called “Momzelle" that was founded by a mom named Christine Poirier. Christine made her own nursing top after having her baby daughter and started Momzelle after all her friends were asking about her tops. As I browsed the different Momzelle clothing items, the items that stood out to me were the tank tops. I knew having a nursing tank top would be a good investment since I could layer different pieces ontop of it (cardigans, shirts) in addition to wearing it on its own. I ended up ordering two black tank tops: the "Original Nursing Tank Top" and the "Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top”.
I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived shortly in the mail. They felt like they were very good quality! These two black tank tops are made out of 94% cotton and 6% spandex. One of my tank tops was made in Canada while the other was made in Peru. Momzelle states that all of their nursing clothing is ethically made.
Both tank tops have these openings for discrete breastfeeding. It makes breastfeeding a lot easier as you do not have to lift your entire tank top or shirt up to feed- your belly and back remain covered and the baby has easy access for feeding! If you would like to see photos of some Momzelle tops in action with nursing moms, click here. For you “Dragon’s Dens" fans out there, Christine was actually featured on the show and got funding for Momzelle- check out the clip here!
I was excited to try them on right away as it’s always a little scary ordering clothing online as you can never guarantee a perfect fit. I was so happy that I had chosen the right size as they fit me very well! Both tank tops were incredibly comfortable and had a sleek look. This is the “Original Nursing Tank Top”!
You need to wear a nursing bra with these tops and I love how the thick black straps of the tank tops cover the bra straps. There are nursing tank tops available on the market that have built-in bras, but in my experience, I found them to either be too low-cut, less supportive or less comfortable. The flaps are quite discrete, especially since these tank tops are black and when items are worn ontop of them. This is the “Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top”!
I am particularly happy with the “Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top" as it can be hard to find tank tops of this length, especially a nursing one! It’s nice having a tank top that doesn’t ride up with such great coverage (perfect for extra tall mamas too!). I’ve worn this top so much ever since receiving it in the mail, and it’s stretched a bit since it is 6% spandex. Overall though, it’s held up well. I thought I would show you how I styled some of my outfits featuring this long tank top…
Here I paired it with an oversized cardigan, a scarf, and jeggings!
For a bit of a dressier feel, I paired it with my peach blazer and jeggings. A simple black tank top is so versatile…
I absolutely love wearing leggings since they are so comfortable. I practically lived in leggings while I was pregnant and I wanted to continue wearing them post-partum, particularly since I still could not fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans! This long tank top works perfectly with leggings, and I am so happy that I don’t have to lift up my long tunics or tops in order to feed Myla. Here I layered a chambray shirt and long cardigan overtop my long nursing tank top with leggings and a colourful scarf. This has been a perfect winter outfit on those cold days. Keeping all the layers open facilitates easy access to the nursing tank top and easy breastfeeding!
Haha, we happened to go grocery shopping this same day we were taking these shots, so I thought I’d show another typical outfit I’ve worn out and about. Here is my Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top paired with my high low sweater, jeggings, circle scarf and over-the-knee boots. I really love the length of this tank!
Here is a picture of my sweet baby girl Myla and I at a baby shower! I am wearing the same long tank top paired with leggings and a crocheted sweater ontop. Both this sweater and the above sweater are light and can be easily lifted away for breastfeeding. I just love Myla’s big smiles and adorable laugh…melts my heart!
I wear my “Original Nursing Tank Top" with shorter cardigans, like these two below:
Did you notice the feathers scarf in the above outfit? It’s no ordinary scarf….it’s actually a nursing scarf!
CoverBoo Couture is a line of nursing scarves from Edmonton, founded by a mom named Maria who wanted to nurse discretely in public. These scarves are perfect for moms who want more coverage while nursing or for those who have distractible babies! Just how does this scarf turn into a cover? Let me show you!
You can wear the CoverBoo doubled up like I am here, knotted, or as a long circle scarf. It’s neat because these scarves serve as a fashion accessory in addition to a nursing cover, and it’s very convenient whenever you want to nurse since you are already wearing your cover! They can be easily stored in your purse too since they are so lighweight.
When you’re ready to nurse, you unwrap the scarf…
So that it’s a single layer like this!
Then you look for the neck hole…
And slip your head through it!
Pull your arm through…
And you’re ready to nurse your sweet baby! You get great coverage and baby is less distracted by what’s going on around them :)
These CoverBoos are all designed and manufactured in Canada, and they come in an array of patterns and fabrics. Their lightweight, airy feel are perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months, and Maria just released her Spring Collection last week! These nursing scarves look very different than the other nursing covers currently on the market, and they are such a clever and simple design. They don’t offer a rigid neckline as others do (see here), but you can always lift the opening at the neck hole to peek and make eye contact with your baby!
I love that both of these companies are Canadian and founded by real moms who were making products to help them on their breastfeeding journeys. I also love scoring good deals, and I managed to purchase all of these products when they were on sale! Momzelle had a great Black Friday sale (tops up to 40% off with an additional 10% off) and CoverBoo Couture had an amazing Christmas Eve sale (50% off all CoverBoos). Thus, if you are interested in any of their products, I highly recommend liking their facebook pages so you can get their notifications and keep up-to-date with their products! You can find the Momzelle Facebook page here and the Coverboo Couture Facebook page here.
I approached both companies and told them how I would be writing about my positive experiences using their products. I asked if they could provide any discounts for my readers in case they were interested in purchasing their products right away! Both companies replied incredibly promptly and were very generous.
Maria of CoverBoo Couture is offering a 15% off discount for readers of “All About Ami” with the coupon code “AMI15”, and it expires on February 28 (Canadian shipping is $5, international shipping is $10, and free local pick-up is available if you live in Edmonton). Check out the CoverBoo Couture website HERE and see if you want to order any for yourself or for your friends!
Momzelle is offering a $5 discount for readers of “All About Ami” with the coupon code “AMIGRMI5” (no expiry date) and a $30 gift card as a give-away! ***To enter, please leave a comment below stating which nursing top you would buy if you won the $30 gift card!*** Check out the Momzelle website HERE. This giveaway is open worldwide until Thursday, February 28. I will randomly choose a winner and announce who it is on my facebook page HERE. For your information, shipping is $5 per order in Canada and the US (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) and is pricier to other countries (see shipping costs here). [NOTE: The giveaway is now CLOSED: Congrats to Sarah Clymer, the winner of the $30 gift card!!!]
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my nursing fashion and how these products have made it a lot easier to breastfeed my baby girl. I think the nursing tops and nursing cover are a good investment, especially if you consider how long moms breastfeed for and if there are plans on breastfeeding more children in the future. The tank tops and cover also work well together for those who want a lot of coverage while nursing in public as absolutely nothing is exposed. They would make great gifts for your friends or family who are expectant or new mamas who are going to nurse (particularly the CoverBoos since they’re one size fits all!). Thank you to Momzelle and CoverBoo Couture for your great products and for providing us with coupon codes too! I love how they both made the coupon codes based on “amigurumi" [the Japanese art of knitted/crocheted stuffed animals, which is what my blog is all about in case you’re new here!]. I had fun putting together these outfits and showing you my style and how I’ve adapted my wardrobe in my new role as a nursing mama!
Please feel free to forward this post to your pregnant or mama friends as well so they can enter the giveaway and access these awesome discount codes too :) Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear what you think about this post!
~ Stephanie ♥
Thanks for participating in our giveaway, everyone :) It’s been wonderful seeing the warm response to Kay’s beautiful pieces, and it’s neat that many of you have placed Mikaylove orders too! I’m happy to hear that you all enjoyed reading our story, and I really appreciate the encouraging and supportive comments that many of you left! Without further ado, here are the winners!
Blog comments: Alycia of “The Curious Pug" will be winning a Chevron Bracelet in Cream
Facebook: Amanda Girão will be winning an Ethereal Bracelet in Mulberry Petite
Tumblr: “Lovableelesliee" will be winning a Chevron Bracelet in Mint Green
I will get into contact with each of you, but if for some reason you do not get my messages, please e-mail me at email@example.com so we can arrange for you to receive your jewelry! Once again, I want to thank Kay for her generousity and for partnering with me in this awesome giveaway! Visit the Mikaylove store HERE and follow Mikaylove on instagram (@Mikayloveinc) to see sneak peeks of future collections that Kay is dreaming up :)
I still very vividly remember back in March 2011 when I received an e-mail from a blog reader named Kay. I had just started my blog two months prior in January and not very many people knew about my work. Kay said that she had found my Valentine Teddy pattern and had made her very own! This was the very first time someone had sent me pictures of their work using my pattern, and I was so incredibly excited. I had spent hours writing up my patterns (there were only two at the time) and figuring out my designs, so to know that someone was using it somewhere in the world was incredibly special! You can see Kay’s Valentine Teddy here.
Kay started her own blog called “I’m Hooked" and I loved perusing it as she posted adorable pics of her popsicle keychains, mini wallets/pouches, and all the lovely items she made for her baby girl (what a shoe collection!). What really caught my eye was her cute amigurumi penguin pattern that she had translated HERE. It was my first time crocheting with two colours at the same time, and I absolutely loved how this cutie turned out! You can read Penguin’s step-by-step blog post here. I think this little penguin would make an adorable Christmas ornament, don’t you?
Kay and I kept in touch, and I am so thankful for her love, support and prayers for our family. We are now both moms to beautiful baby girls! She even sent us a package full of goodies for baby Myla- this really brightened up my day and lifted my spirits as the first few weeks coming home from the hospital were challenging at times. Her thoughtfulness and generosity blew me away!
As we were messaging each other, Kay revealed how she had started her blog when she was pregnant and a bit lonesome. Kay wrote,
"It was your pattern that got people to even look at my page and from there I gained an audience that was interested in my work and most importantly, me. And even though I no longer blog, I will be forever grateful of the amigurumi bear pattern that changed my life. So, thank you!"
This brought me to tears, knowing how much of an impact my blog could have on someone. I’ve received at least a half dozen e-mails from people all stating that they’ve been inspired to start their own blogs after seeing “All About Ami”, and I’m always so overjoyed to hear this. God has given me this platform to express and share my creativity and love of crochet with others, and I am so happy to hear that it has impacted others in such a positive way!
Even though Kay no longer blogs, she too has found a way to do what she loves and share it with others through her Etsy store called “Mikaylove" that she has just launched. Mikaylove is derived from her daughter’s name “Mikayla”, and as a stay at home mom, Kay was inspired by her love for her baby girl to create a handcrafted jewelry line that would appeal and be affordable to all audiences. Kay sent me some of her pieces and I immediately fell in love with their elegant and classy designs. I liked them so much that I ordered some more for myself and my family!
Kay’s classic designs go well with any outfit and you can definitely dress them up or dress them down! I looove stacking bracelets to add interest to my outfits….can you ever have enough bracelets?
I ordered the stunning “Mikaylove Original Design Necklace in Turquoise & Grey" for myself since I love the colour combo and bib necklaces are so popular right now! Isn’t it gorgeous?
I also ordered the “Double Wrap Bracelet in Mint Green" since I love this colour. I think peach and mint green go so well together!
The little “Mikaylove” tag of authenticity on each piece is very cute too :)
I think that all of the Mikaylove pieces are affordable, with prices comparable to those found in retail chain stores, except these pieces are all handmade! I am all for supporting handmade artisans and moms who are working from home. Kay has many different pieces available in a vast array of colours (see pic below for more of her designs). Please check out her store HERE to see her collections! You can also find Mikaylove on tumblr HERE and on instagram (@Mikayloveinc).
Kay has been generous enough to offer THREE GIVEAWAYS for my readers! In order to enter, please visit the Mikaylove Etsy store HERE and select your FAVOURITE PIECE. There are three ways to enter (one winner will receive their selected favourite piece from each of the following groups):
(1) Blog comments: Leave a comment on this blog post, stating your favourite piece (e.g. “I love the Cross Weave Bracelet in Cream”). One comment per person please.
(2) Facebook: Leave a comment on the Facebook link to this post stating your favourite piece (click HERE to access the “All About Ami” Facebook page). Like and Share the post (be sure to change the share settings to “Public” so I can see it) for additional entries.
(3) Tumblr: "Like" this post and reply with what your favourite piece is. Reblog this post for an additional entry (only once please). Tumblr winner must be a follower of BOTH “All About Ami" and "MIKAYLOVEINC" on tumblr HERE.
You may enter all three ways! If you are under 18, please ask your parents’ permission before entering. The contest is open worldwide and will run until Wednesday, December 5 at 9 PM, MST. Winners will be announced on Friday, December 7.
Thank you all so much for participating in our giveaway! We loved reading all your creative suggestions for cute amigurumi pairs/sets :) We will definitely keep them in mind as we dream up our next amigurumi projects!
Without further ado, here are the WINNERS of the giveaway:
Madison Parish (Blog comments)
Monet Bellow (Facebook)
I will get into contact with each of you, but if for some reason you do not get my messages, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange for you to receive your goodies!
It’s time for a GIVEAWAY since it’s been a year since I hosted my last one! While in Tokyo, I picked up some very kawaii items for myself and bought some extra so I could give them away to my loyal and supportive readers! There are three prizes:
(1) A Sheep Felt Mascot Kit (love his adorable expression!)
(2) A Teddy Bear Measuring Tape (press his nose so the tape retracts; metric-system only)
(3) A Bunny Wool Felt Kit (the little smile and striped body are so sweet!)
There are 5 ways to enter (I will randomly choose three of the following groups, one winner from each):
(1) Blog comments: Leave a comment on this blog post, suggesting cute amigurumi pairs/sets (e.g. milk and cookies). One comment per person please (if you comment more than once I will just count one of your comments :D).
(2) Tumblr: “Like" this post. Reblog this post for an additional entry (only once please). For an additional entry, reply to this post and suggest a cute amigurumi pair/set. Winner must be a follower on tumblr.
(3) Facebook: Leave a comment on the giveaway photo on my facebook page here, suggesting a cute amigurumi pair/set. Like and Share the photo for additional entries. Winner must be a fan of the All About Ami Facebook page.
(4) Twitter: Reply to the giveaway tweet here, suggesting a cute amigurumi pair/set. Retweet the giveaway tweet for an additional entry. Winner must be a follower on twitter.
(5) Instagram (allaboutami): Comment on the giveaway photo, suggesting a cute amigurumi pair/set. Like the photo for an additional entry. Winner must be a follower on instagram.
You may enter all five ways! If you are under 18, please ask your parents’ permission before entering. The contest is open worldwide and will run until Sunday, August 5 at 11 PM, MST. Winners will be announced on Monday, August 6! Thank you for supporting my blog, everyone :D Can’t wait to hear your wonderful ideas and ship these goodies around the world!
The winners of my teddy bear keychain giveaway have been chosen!!! Thank you all for entering :D We had so much fun reading your comments and hearing which teddies were your favourite! Using the random integer generator and with more than 300 entries in total, here are the winners:
Blog comments: LilWhee
Facebook: Samantha Paige Howard
Congratulations! Please send your mailing address to email@example.com (I will also try and message you if I have your contact information). Ryan and I thought we would model these cuties to show what they look like adorning your purses or backpacks :) These teddies can’t wait to find their new homes around the world!
Stay tuned for some new original amigurumi designs and patterns this week!
I would like to thank all of my lovely and loyal readers and followers by hosting my very first giveaway! Win one of these kawaii teddy bear keychains, each of a different colour with a different personality ;) We have the grape bear, the blueberry bear, the lime bear and the cotton candy bear! Whether you use them to hold your keys or adorn your purse or backpack, they’ll certainly brighten up your day!
There will be three winners chosen! One winner will be randomly chosen from each of the following groups:
1) Blog comments: Leave a comment on my blog, saying which teddy is your favourite.
2) Tumblr: “Like" this post. Reblog this post for an additional entry. Optional: Reply to this post and say which teddy is your favourite. Winner must be a follower on tumblr.
3) Facebook: Leave a comment on the teddy keychain photo on my facebook page here, saying which teddy is your favourite. You must “Like" the All About Ami facebook page in order to do this.
*Note: You may enter all three ways, but please only once within each category (excluding tumblr likes and reblogs). Winners may not receive specific teddy requested.
This contest is open worldwide and will run until Saturday, August 20th at 11 PM, MST. Winners will be announced on Sunday, August 21st. Blog winner will be contacted by e-mail, and Tumblr and Facebook winners will be expected to contact me via e-mail.
Thanks and good luck, everyone!!!