Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Coco and Cocoa: Highlight and Giveaway

Happy August everyone! I have something exciting to celebrate this new month... a sweet little highlight and giveaway. One of the things that I love about the handmade community, is being able to support each other's talents/creations. I put it out there to sample someone's creations, and then provide them with some photos that they could use for their products... and I was so excited when Julie, from Coco and Cocoa, jumped on board with the idea.

She sent me a darling package in the mail with some of her lovely creations, and it was such a treat to photograph them (especially on my little one). Here's the fun part for you... She offered to give a set away to one of my lucky readers (details at the bottom)... and has offered a discount code for those of you that might not be able to wait to see if you're the winner!

But, before we jump into that... lets meet the lady behind the beautiful creations...

Tell us a bit about yourself...

I love watching movies, but I generally only like to watch them once. So I rent lots of movie but don't own very many.
I fell in love with my husband when I was 12 years old. My Mom had 3 girls (I only have sisters) and now I have 3 boys (no daughters) I love to bake. I'm a part time college student working toward my Business Marketing degree. (It's taken me a really long time to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.) I love to read, but don't do it as much as I'd like. I tend to get immersed in books and don't want to do anything else!

How/When did you start knitting/crocheting?

I started crocheting first. Afriend taught me about 10 years ago. I had never been a "hobby" person, but after I had the twins I was looking for something. I just had this urge to create something, make something with my hands. After crocheting for a couple of months I decided I also wanted to learn how to knit. I realized how different each craft is and all the different things you can make if you know how to do both. My husband went out and bought me a 'Teach Yourself to Knit' book and a set of needles. I sat on my bed and practiced until I figured it out. There might havebeen some needle throwing as part of the learning process. But I was so excited when I finally figured it out.

Where does your inspiration come from?

My husband is an interior designer and our house is very colorful. The backyard is essentially a huge garden, which brings inmore colors there. My family! Boys never stop moving and their excitement draws me to bright colors and fun patterns. The twins like it when I wear flowers and other "girl" things so items like my headbands are definitely inspired by them as well.
I also love strolling throughmuseums. My favorite local museum is probably the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.

What's your favorite item that you've made to date?

A crochet blanket that I made for our bed. It's one of the first things that I made. It is as big as a sheet (I can tuck it in). It's huge and it took forever to make, but it's been well used and is incredibly comfortable. I don't think I could ever part with it.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I'm definitely a city girl! I've loved visiting places like London and Boston. I also really enjoyed when we visited Northern California. I really want to visit Chicago, I think that's a city that would be fun to live in. I think a high rise in a big city would be fun.

Name one of your life long dreams/goals...

I want to travel to Brazil with my husband. He lived there for two years before we got married but hasn't been back since then. I would love to see where he lived and travel in South America.

If you were a candy
bar, which one would you be?
Hmm, well my favorite candy bar to eat is Kit Kat. All Mom's need a break sometimes!

Alright, so now after getting to know Julie, let me share some of her beautiful creations that she sent me to try out, and photograph...

These darling headbands are truly amazing... Julie uses such bright and bold colors that they are nothing but FUN. They can easily fit any head, because of the tie closure, and each crocheted lovely (bow/flowers) are interchangeable. Pure genius... especially for my little girl who needs an accessory to go with any outfit that she's wearing. There's nothing that we (Mama's of kids who wear glasses) love better, than a "soft" and comfortable feeling headband, when there's already SO much going on behind those ears.

And today is your lucky day... one of you dear readers, has the chance to win a headband set of your own ( 1 headband, 1 bow and 1 flower)! Here are the details on how to enter this sweet giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you're impatient (like I would be...) or in complete and utter awe of these amazing creations (like I am), you score big today as well... If you head on over to Julie's shop, use coupon code: LOVECOCOANDCOCOA to receive 20% off your total purchase! Now... go shop (or enter the giveaway!) Code is good until 15 August!
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