Val of Artfire's Valmade has been knitting and cross stitching for approximately 25 years, and more recently starting making handcrafted greeting cards. Val's mother taught her to knit and sew when she was a child. Later, she went on to study needlework at school. It has always been something she kept up and when her friends started having children, she’d make them all booties and cross stitched baby picture as gifts. One day, someone suggested she try selling her items and so she did. In addition to Artfire, Val's work can also be found on Zibbet and Dwanda.
Just over 5 years ago, Val had the misfortune of being caught in the Asian Tsunami. By a difference of 10 meters, Val survived and her best friend did not. Since then, Val tries to make the most of every day, and she takes note of the saying “Life’s Too Short”. A year after the disaster, Val had the opportunity to go and spend a week in Sri Lanka building a house for a family that had lost everything. She hopes one day she will be able to regularly donate a significant percentage of her sales to charity.
To learn more about and keep up with Val, you can follow her on twitter.
While you are taking a look around Valmade, take advantage of the special discount Val is offering Nature Manipulated's readers - 10% off all orders over $20 with coupon code NATUREMANIPULATED. This special offer ends March 31, 2010.
Enter for a chance to win either an Easter Chick Chocolate Egg Cover or a Pair of Baby Booties in your choice of color.
The first winner will have a choice between the two prizes. The second winner will receive the remaining prize.
For a chance to win this week's giveaways:
Mandatory: Visit Valmade, come back to this blog post (not facebook) and post your favorite item and email address in the comments section of this post.
Additional chances to win (leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry):
1) Tweet the giveaway and post a link to your tweet in the comments below - 1 extra entry (once daily)
You may tweet the following: Win #handmade baby booties or an Easter chick egg cover from @Valmade @ http://bit.ly/bUPBxq ~ 2 WINNERS! ~ @NMGiveaway #artfire #giveaway
2) Blog about the giveaway and post a link to your blog post in the comments below - 1 extra entry
3) Add one of my ad buttons (left hand sidebar) to your blog or website and post a link to your site in the comments - 1 extra entry
4) Join Nature Manipulated's mailing list (by doing this you agree to receive a monthly newsletter from NM)- 1 extra entry
5) Follow my blog publicly via Friend Connect - 1 extra entry
6) Purchase an item from the featured shop and post a link to the item you purchased (transaction link) - 5 extra entries
ENTRIES WITHOUT CONTACT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE GIVEAWAY. (Email address, Etsy username and Artfire username accepted. If your Blogger profile links to your email or shop, that is acceptable too. Leave contact info for each entry. Tip: When leaving your email do not use the @ and . symbols, instead spell out AT and DOT.)
Entries for this giveaway will be accepted through Sunday, March 28, 2010, 11:59pm Eastern Time. I will notify the winners via email and the winners will have 48 hours to respond before I choose new winners.
This giveaway is open to contestants worldwide.
Thanks for participating in this week's giveaway. Be sure to stop by every Monday for a great giveaway.
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