Monday, October 1, 2012

Open Sesame! (and a giveaway!)

The time has finally come! I am opening my Etsy Shop...TODAY! Bah! I can't tell you how excited I am! :) The shop is up and running and now I get to share it with you!

Here's the story behind my shop; "Rooted Love, Handmade with Heart"...
This little shop was conceived on the eve of my little one's birthdate. I was sewing a car seat canopy for her and getting ready in the last days leading up to her birth. She was due on June 8th and she came just one day early. Luckily for her, I finished the canopy in the nick of time!

I was up late, pregnant with swollen feet, sitting at my sewing machine, slaving away. No one was making me do this, I just wanted a cute cover for my baby girl. And, as all pregnant women think, I thought to myself, "I have to get EVERYTHING done before she gets here." Haha. Well, at least that made for a productive night. I whipped up my canopy and had only attached one of the three buttons when I decided to call it quits for the night. I needed some rest and my husby made me stop working. I finished the canopy and tied the straps onto the carseat. It looked perfect! I didn't end up sleeping that night...instead, I went into labor and our baby girl was born the next day.

I loved using this for my daughter and started making them as gifts for friends. Those friends kept telling me..."people keep asking me where I got should sell these!"

Sew here I am ;) I've been given great encouragement by my husby, friends, community, and family and have decided to go for the gold! Thanks so much! I'm in the mindset that I'll try this and see how it goes...if it fails. And at least I put it out there and tried :) Either way...I'm going to be joyful! 

In order to celebrate the grand opening of the shop I've decided to do a few giveaways! As I was preparing for this grand opening I asked a few AMAZING friends if they would be interested in doing a giveaway on the blog. And lucky for YOU, they were excited and happy to help!!! These women are talented, Proverbs 31 women, who love Jesus and love their craft (sewing, crocheting, knitting, cooking, etc.) I would love for you to "meet" them and enjoy their handmade goods. This week I'll have two other keep coming back and tell your friends!

Today's giveaway is from the Home Story blog & Etsy shop, with my sweet friend, Jessi Burke.

Jessi is a twenty-something wife to Jared, and mama to two sweet boys. She loves Jesus, beautiful design, and decor on a budget. Her blog is concentrated on sharing great ideas that she comes across, new DIY projects, and frugal home decor. Her home is beautiful and crafty, and she's always looking for ways to make things herself when it's more affordable to do so. I love reading her blog, hearing her heart, and being inspired by the creativity that God has gifted her with. And she has chickens and a coop...that's pretty sweet ;) Please check out her blog and facebook page!

Today she is giving away a sweet little creation..."The Newsie"
The "newsie" toddler backpack is the first of 3 original designs that will be available soon in Jessi's etsy shop. It features a zipper closure, side pocket, and adjustable straps with contrast piping on the flap and pocket. Coming soon are the "scout" and "prepster" styles which are equally charming!
Also to be available in the newly re-opened shop are custom Christmas stockings!

all designs copyright Jessi Burke

Go ahead and enter to win! You have three ways of entering: 

1. Leave a comment here with how you are going to use this backpack.
2. "Like" Home Story on Facebook
3. "Like" Rooted Love on Facebook
The giveaway will be open until Tuesday at Midnight (EST) and the winner will be announced on Wednesday! Also...please tell your friends :) Thanks!

love love love!


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  1. I am SO excited about your etsy shop! I also LOVE this backpack!!!!! I would use it all the time!

  2. super cute stuff! great idea taking the cute close up of the fabrics in the frame - love that!

    1. thanks for checking it out Heather!

  3. Happy for you Meg. Can't wait to see what's on your etsy.

    1. Aww, thanks Kelley! Remind me to talk to you about your famous bags ;)

  4. I am so excited about this! You are so talented. Maybe we could use the backpack for new baby moffit??

    1. You're too kind Erin ;) thank you!

  5. I could let my daughter carry her daipers/wipes around "all by herself!" Haha.

    1. haha Melissa! :) or maybe that will be incentive to potty train...more room in the bag for other goodies :)