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Do you ever find yourself DIGGING through your purse, begging, pleading to find something to keep your little one occupied?? I have to say, I find myself in this predicament often. I've purchased MANY things for that reason alone - to keep my son semi-still while we're waiting...waiting at the doctor's office, waiting at a restaurant, waiting to get the oil changed, etc. Well, I have a shop for you today with a PERFECT solution!! I want to introduce you to Red Earth Girl: A shop where you're sure to find carefully crafted, hand-made items that are practical and fun. ...baskets, quilts and children's accessories. I have to draw your attention to my personal favorite, the Chalkboards to Go! These ARE darling!! Jenelle, the owner of Red Earth Girl, even has spunky fabrics for boys like her Aliens, Planes and Spaceship Chalkboard. I mean, who would NOT want one of these?? I'm thinking, throw this in your purse/tote and you have an INSTANT play thing for those times when you're waiting...and waiting...unexpectedly. What a great toy to take when traveling!!
I have to say, I'm one of those moms that wants to be "different" when it comes to giving gifts. I want to find that special gift that will be loved, that's DIFFERENT from anything else that EVERYone else has. Well, here you go - THE perfect birthday gift!! AND - this is one of those gifts you could buy ahead of time, stash away, and really...it's great for anyone! Then, you have a gift already stashed away for that unexpected party that pops up out of nowhere! I could talk about these little chalkboards all day, but before I get too sidetracked, Jenelle sells MANY other things in her shop - from quilts to baskets.
I recently asked Jenelle a few questions about her shop and how she started making these CUTE chalkboards. Here's what she had to say:
What is the inspiration behind the name of your shop?
Red Earth Girl is a tribute to my childhood. I grew up in Oklahoma where dirt is the color of terra cotta pottery. I moved from Oklahoma 15 years ago, and have landed in St. Louis where the soil in my garden is a deep black silt from the Mississippi river....but the red earth of my childhood is still dear to my heart.
How did you get started crafting?
My Mom taught me to sew when I was about 8 years old. I began making doll beds and pillows from bits of lace and cotton I swiped from my Mom's stash. Now I have a stash of my own that my children raid for their stuffed animals' wardrobes!
I LOVE your "Chalkboards to Go". How did you get the idea to start creating your chalkboards?
Again, my Mom is my inspiration. She is an incredibly creative person and discovered this flexible chalkboard material online. I morphed her initial idea into my own design and have continued to tweak it - adding new features like the Velcro pocket which keeps the chalk in the pocket and out of the bottom of your purse!
What is your favorite item you've created so far and why?
I love the Little Author tote bags. My daughter loved the one I made for her so much she wanted to give them as her birthday party favors last year. Now, I see her friends (boys and girls alike) carrying them around to restaurants, church and even to school.
Do you have a favorite Etsy Shop?
Yes, I absolutely love LizYoderDesigns. Her diaper/wipes cases are so cute - great for your baby and her Swarovski Crystal Puffy Heart pendants are beautiful - great bling for you!
Is there anything you would like to tell readers about yourself on a more personal level - kids, hometown, a favorite crafting tip, pets, etc?
I'm a SAHM with 2 kiddos and a great husband. I love Etsy - it is my outlet for creativity and my business-world fix (prior to kids I was an MBA student). I love connecting with people who love kids and fabric as much as I do.
And finally, what are your thoughts on Valentine's Day? Do you celebrate?
Our family tradition is home-made pizza on heart shaped crust. My kids will choose pineapple and ham toppings and my husband and I will make ours artichoke and pesto. Happy Valentine's Day!
Jenelle has excitedly agreed to give away one of her Valentine Cupcakes - Chalkboard to Go! to one Champagne Wisdom reader - yahoo!! To enter:
Leave a comment telling us why you need a Chalkboard to Go!
Want extra entries??
(be sure to leave a comment and email address for each entry):
*Leave Jenelle a comment about another item from her shop that you LOVE!
*Tell Jenelle another fabric you would love to see her use for her Chalkboards
*Subscribe via email or feed to Champagne Wisdom
*Follow Champagne Wisdom on Twitter and tweet (leave a link) - you can do this daily
*Leave a comment on any other non-giveaway post
*Add Red Earth Girl to your Etsy Shop Favorites!
*Tell me who you will give this to if you're the lucky winner
*Enter any of the giveaways going on over at 2 Little Muffins - and let me know which giveaway you entered
*Make a purchase from Red Earth Girl during the giveaway period and earn 10 additional entries!
That's a ton of chances to win. Here's wishing you love and luck...
This giveaway will end 1/31 at 12:00p.m. central time. Winner will be selected via random.org, emailed and given 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.