Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Raptor Baby: Simple Imagination ~A Valentine Giveaway!~

This giveaway is closed!

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I thought it would be a fabulous opportunity to showcase a few Etsy Shops. After all, I LOVE ETSY! Why do I love Etsy? Well, I love Etsy for several reasons. I love Etsy because it's different and unique. I love Etsy because you can browse around or ask for EXACTLY what you want. I love Etsy because the sellers are PHENOMENAL individuals with true talent who are raising money for great causes - whether it be donating to causes important to their hearts or earning extra money so they can stay home with their children. You just can't go wrong with Etsy - or I never have!

I want to introduce you to the first Etsy Shop in our "I Heart Etsy Valentine's Day Event" - Raptor Baby. Raptor Baby has a special place in my heart because I ordered a very special collection of toys from Lauren, the shop's creator, for my son. I saw Lauren's shop of wooden toys and decided I HAD to have something very special for "The Short One". You see, it had already been decided that he was getting a castle for Christmas and I thought, HE NEEDS KNIGHTS! So, what did I do? I sent Lauren at Raptor Baby a message and asked for knights, along with a king and queen. Not ONLY did Lauren let me specify colors (we went with favorite football teams...hehehe), but she made the most precious creations I have ever seen. I am SO proud of them - and I didn't even make them!!

Lauren has sets for both boys and girls and if I were a betting gal, I would say if you ask for it, she can make it. Never hurts to ask anyway! I love that Lauren not only creates wooden people, animals, robots and more, but she ALSO creates homes for them! Lauren does it all and I LOVE her work! Since I have a set of these precious little ones, I can honestly say, Lauren's work is top notch! The painting is detailed and the quality is LASTING. Trust me, if my rough and tumble little one can play with them without the paint chipping, they're a winner! Everyone who comes to our house wants to play with these. Why? I think because they're different! They're not toys that everyone else has, a toy from the shelves of Toys R Us, but a handmade item made especially for your son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, etc.

I recently sent Lauren a few questions so we could get to know her better and if I hadn't already fallen in love with her, the answers to her questions did it! I LOVE the story about her daughter and the name of her shop - she just scored more "cool" points with ME! Let's get to know Lauren, the creator of Raptor Baby:

What is the inspiration behind the name of your shop?

When I was pregnant with my daughter she barely made her presence known - just soft, little wiggles and an occasional hiccup. However, as soon as she emerged (and ever since) she has been a whirlwind of noise and activity! She was a precarious newborn, waking from sleep at the slightest noise and letting out ear-splitting cries. My husband and I, new to parenthood, had to find ways to laugh to keep from crying! Thus, we invented the nickname 'Raptor Baby' for her, to describe the prehistoric shrieks she so often emitted. She no longer cries like she did and the nickname is no longer used but it's a fond reminder of the long way we have come as a family. :)

How did you get started creating your imaginary play items?

As a child, I wanted to be an artist or a ballerina but finding that I had no artistic ability and questionable rhythm, I gave up those pursuits and started writing poetry instead. After my daughter was born, my life was consumed by motherhood - dirty diapers, wet kisses and lullabies. :) All things that I love (minus the diapers, of course) but I found, after time, that I needed an outlet just for me! I wanted to pursue a craft that was simple and friendly and that would appeal to everyone. I found, to my complete surprise, that painting suddenly made sense to me! And I began creating these sweet little dolls for my daughter and her cousins. I opened up my shop so that I would have room in my home to make more! :)


What is your favorite item you've created so far and why?

Every new thing I create is my favorite! Just ask my husband - every time I paint something new I say, "Look how cute this is!" and have to force myself to put it in the shop! I get a little sad every time I stow them away in their packaging to send to their new homes. :)

Do you have any new ideas in the works you'd like to share?

I'm bursting with ideas but keeping up with my wild girl leaves limited time for painting. However, at the moment I'm working out plans for a living room set that I'll be ready (hopefully) to debut in the near future!

Do you have any tips for readers who would like to buy/sell on Etsy who have not done so previously?

For a new seller - Just keep with it! Keep creating and working and doing what you love and eventually people will respond to it.

For a new buyer- I have never 'met' a seller I didn't like. Everyone with a shop on Etsy is devoted to their product because everything is handmade. This generally means that they are all open to custom made items and quick to respond to your questions. It makes for a wonderful and unique buying experience. But beware because it can be terribly addicting! :)

Is there anything you would like to tell readers about yourself on a more personal level - kids, hometown, YOUR favorite childhood toy, pets, etc?

I am a 27 year old, stay-at-home mama of the most lovely 19 month old little girl! I was raised in San Antonio, Texas where I met and married my husband. As a little girl, I loved books and barbies and riding my bike. I feel so thankful that I'm able to have such a wonderful creative outlet and am immensely grateful by the positive response to my toys!

And finally, what are your thoughts on Valentine's Day? Do you celebrate?

My wedding anniversary is very near Valentine's Day and both days are generally celebrated together with a much needed night out!

Thanks, Lauren for allowing us to get to know you better!! And now, for the giveaway I know you have ALL been waiting for...











Lauren has graciously created a Valentine's Day Play Set specifically for one very lucky Champagne Wisdom reader! The winner will receive these two Valentine's Day "besties" and their home. I LOVE THIS SET! What a fabulous Valentine's Day gift!


To enter the giveaway:
Simply leave a comment below telling me your FAVORITE item from Raptor Baby.

Here are a TON of extra chances to win (be sure to leave a comment and email address for each entry):
*Leave Lauren a comment about another item you would love to see her create
*Become a fan of Raptor Baby on Facebook
*Subscribe via email or feed to Champagne Wisdom
*Follow!
*Follow Champagne Wisdom on Twitter and tweet (leave a link)
*Leave a comment on any other non-giveaway post
*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 Raptor Baby 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 1/30 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.

128 comments:

Samantha Cummings said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so glad you featured Raptor Baby - I had never seen this shop and the creations are darling. I love the Raptor Cottage - so cozy. This playset is so cute!

The figures are a bit reminiscent of some plastic ones I played with as a kid that had been my mothers. They were created in the 50's and went to a tacky yellow dollhouse. I loved them, but they were plastic and nowhere near as cute as these handmade ones!

Thanks for the giveaway opp!

Cynthia said...

My favorite item is the Raptor Cottage.

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Cynthia said...

I would love to see Lauren create Raptor sea, land, and air animals.

cyn.cynthiia at gmail dot com.

Cynthia said...

I'm a fan of Raptor Baby on facebook

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Cynthia said...

I'm an email subscriber


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Cynthia said...

I follow your blog

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Cynthia said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted:

http://twitter.com/THEotherCYNtwit/status/7738411853

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Cynthia said...

I'll give this to my niece, If I win

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Cynthia said...

I entered the Inseine Creations Handmade Brown Sugar and Fig Soap giveaway at 2 Little Muffins

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Anonymous said...

i would love the barnyard fun for my grandson.
polly
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polly said...

would love the barnyard fun for my grandson.
polly
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Charity said...

I love A Girl And Her Dog!!! Please enter me:) Would love to win this. Thanks!!!

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Charity said...

I became a follower:)

Charity said...

Also became a subscriber!!

Katy said...

I think the Raptor Cottage is adorable!!!!

Katy said...

I entered the Crocheted item giveaway on 2 Little Muffins.

Liz said...

I ADORE the Cottage!

Liz said...

I would love to see some movie-themed sets. My nerdy little girl would love some Star Trek figures!

Liz said...

I'm a Raptor Baby fan on Facebook. I also hearted her store.

Liz said...

This would go to my daughter.

Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

I like the kitchen play set.
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Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

Our daughter would love this
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Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

I think career besties would be cute.
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erin, maker of chimes said...

Love the A Girl and Her Dog - Valentine's Day Set.

erin, maker of chimes said...

I'd be putting them on a shelf inthe nursery and saving them for my little one!

windycindy said...

The Kitchen Playset is adorable!
Many thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

A Treehouse Playset might be fun!
Thanks, Cindi
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Maybe, even a playground or
backyard.

windycindy said...

I am a Facebook Fan of Raptor Baby!
Thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

Also, I am an email subscriber to
Champagne Wisdom.
Many thanks to you!
Cindi
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windycindy said...

I follow you on Twitter.
"Tweet!" ~ http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/7757818264.
Merci, Cindi
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windycindy said...

My precious little niece would be the recipient of this wonderful Valentine's Set!
Thanks very much.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I entered the wonderful Crocheted
Item Giveaway from Amlowi on Etsy
at 2 Little Muffins.....
Merci beaucoup!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anne said...

I love the barnyard set. SO CUTE!!!

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Anne said...

I would love to see some grocery store things to go with the dolls, like a shopping cart full of food or something like that.

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Anne said...

I subscribe by e-mail.

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Anne said...

Since I myself don't have kids this would go to the two little girls that I babysit. They would LOVE this.

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Tabathia said...

I like the raptor besties

Tabathia said...

I would give this to my daughter

April V said...

I love the kitchen play set!

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April V said...

My daughter would love to see animals!!

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April V said...

I'm subscribed via email!

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jakiesmom said...

i love the kitchen playset

RR said...

I like the Barnyard Fun set. So cute!

RR said...

I would like to see zoo animals.

emcSquared said...

I think the Barnyard Fun is adorable! Love the lilly pond with the frog in that set.

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emcSquared said...

I subscribe to your newsletter via email.
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emcSquared said...

If I win these Besties dolls, it will hard to give them away!! I think I would give one to my best friend and I would keep one!

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Jenelle said...

These are great! I really like the boy besties on her Etsy site. Thanks for featuring Raptor Baby. I hearted her on my Etsy favorites.

Wehaf said...

I love the astronaut and aliens, and would love to see more space-related items.

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Camille said...

I love all of the raptor besties especially the valentines ones

kaf111174 said...

All of the besties are so cleverly painted - they're lovely. The aliens are really amusing.....

Lerwill Momma said...

I think I was drawn to this blog by your name.. and of course the give away! =) thanks for sharing your blog with me!

Kristin said...

I like the raptor cottage.

Kristin said...

This would be for my oldest daughter.

Kristin said...

I entered the Hair Bow and Personalized Clippie Giveaway from MAEandMe on Etsy.

june_spirit2628 said...

I love the fairy ring play set. How adorable!

I love this giveaway idea--hope I'm lucky!

Marci
june_spirit2628@hotmail.com

silverhartgirl said...

I love the
Astronaut and Aliens

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Daya, muito prazer... said...

OMG!!Raptor Ninjas is sooo cute!!!


Daiane Negretti
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Piracicaba-SP
Brazil

SewSweetStitches said...

I'm a facebook fan!
Melissa

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SewSweetStitches said...

I'm a twitter follower! username SweetStitches
Melissa

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SewSweetStitches said...

I think Raptor Babies should have a veterinarian playset!
And maybe matroshkas?

SewSweetStitches said...

If I won, I'd give the playset to my 2-yo. She loves little miniature things like this, and I know it would become her favorite!

Melissa
sewsweetstitches_on_etsy@yahoo.com

bison61 said...

I like the Raptor Ninjas - Valentine's Day

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Karen said...

How cute! If I won, the prize would go to my two sweet valentine kiddos!

Sharlee said...

How adorable...I'm following your blog.

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jennifer57 said...

i like the ninjas

Suzanne said...

I love the Fairy Ring and so would my little fairy babies! So cute!

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Summer said...

I love the raptor ninjas! So funny!

Summer said...

subscribe
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Natalie S said...

My favorite item is the girl raptor robots. Adorable!

Natalie S said...

I am a fan of raptor baby on facebook

Natalie S said...

If I win - I will give this to my 3 daughters to share.

Natalie S said...

I would LOVE to see a raptor Owl!!

Natalie S said...

I subscribe to Champagne Wisdom emails!

Natalie S said...

Forgot to give my email in the other comments
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Natalie S

Bombtastic Belle said...

These are so cute! I like the barnyard fun set
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mim said...

miriam dot nussbaum at gmail

i love the Barnyard Fun set-- my littlest sibs love animals!

mim said...

i'd give this to my littlest bro--he's 3!

mim said...

i follow this blog with google friend

mim said...

i entered http://2littlemuffins.blogspot.com/2010/01/inseine-creations-handmade-soap-review.html

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lanky said...

I adore the fly me to the moon rocket play set!

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lanky said...

I follow your blog.

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Holly said...

toss up between raptor cottage and barnyard fun! so cute!

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Holly said...

i follow your blog!

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LaDonna said...

I love the Valentine set and will let my daughter's god-child play with it until I get my own graandhild. LaDonna

Jessica said...

I love the Valentine's Day Ninjas.

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SH said...

I like the astronaut and alien
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SH said...

I fanned them on fb
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noreen said...

fairy ring play set is just so sweet

Kristin said...

I entered the Gone Doggie giveaway.

Jay said...

Daughter would like the trio of girls!
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Maggie M.- maggiebugjuice@aol.com said...

I love the bed bug free bedroom! THese are adorable and I am in love with how cute they are!
Thank you!
Maggie M.

Grace said...

The Raptor Pets are pretty adorable!

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sscharick13@yahoo.com said...

I loooove fly me to the moon and the alien set! These appear to be well made, simply designed toys without all the bells and whistles. Exactly the type of toys I prefer for my toddler! I am happy to see a nice mix of toys for both boys and girls. Good luck to you! These are very cute & clever! :) I know they would be well loved in our house!

kenan and tree said...

My favorite is the Fairy Ring Play Set!! i also LOVE the farmyard fun!! These are great! thanks for the chance to win!!

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Gone Doggie said...

I am now a follower on your blog

gonedoggie said...

I am now a facebook fan of Raptor

gone doggie said...

If I win, I have a niece that I am going to give this to. She will LOVE it.

princessjorja said...

I entered a giveaway at 2 little Muffins. Amlowi on Etsy Giveaway

Michelle said...

I just love etsy shops also. I hae bought several items there. I loved the astraunauts and aliens. My grandson would love those

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Katrina said...

i just love the:
A Girl and Her Dog

it is cute and looks like my daughter and our dog

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DEBIJOT said...

I love the Raptor Barnyard Fun.

DEBIJOT said...

I would love to see a Bride and Groom and her site. Thanks

DEBIJOT said...

fan of Raptor Baby on facebook.

DEBIJOT said...

email subscriber

DEBIJOT said...

blog follower

DEBIJOT said...

I would give this to my granddaughter.

Hippie Vegan Mama to 5 said...

The Raptor Ninjas are by far my favorite! Absolutely adorable and my kids would LOVE them.

MKB said...

I love all of the playsets but I like the ninjas! Kbroderi@msn.com

Greta said...

The Kitchen Playset is adorable!

Greta said...

If I won I would give this set to my 8 month old daughter!

kenan and tree said...

i follow your blog!

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varunner said...

The astronaut and aliens is my favorite! So cute!

varunner said...

If I won they would go to my 3 year old son, Pierce.

NWTyping said...

i'm a follower!

please enter me again! :)

yaya~

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amber.hope said...

I follow!

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amber.hope said...

I subscribe!

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amber.hope said...

I love the Fairy Ring Play Set sooo cute!

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amber.hope said...

It would look so awesome if you could find a way to add wings to the fairies!!

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amber.hope said...

If I were to win I will give this to my two daughters Im sure they would love it!

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amber.hope said...

I commented on your post about hosting the Digorno House Party! Awesome find!!

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Lyudmila said...

Matryoshka Raptor Besties are best!

Lyudmila said...

I want to win this prize for my little niece

debbiekl said...

How cute! I like the Barnyard Fun Set. Thanks!

debbiekl said...

I follow your blog

debbiekl said...

I'd love to give this little set to my son.
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Marianna said...

I love the Astronaut and Aliens! lol

Marianna said...

I'd give this to my son's daycare!