I've had a streak of luck lately, the kind where I have won stuff. A few weeks ago, I saw a link to a contest sponsored by Blue Marble Biomaterials, a company that makes earth friendly chemicals (it's a pretty cool effort, IMO) where they asked for examples of people using upcycled materials in things. I sent off a picture of one of my bracelets, and got a nice reply saying that they'd open up all of the entries to voting by the public and the winner would get a $150 prize from hipcycle, a website dedicated to selling upcycled items.
I got an email from them last week saying that they only got three entries, so they decided to split the prize and I'm going to get a $50 gift card to Hipcycle. Nice! I'm sure I can find something to like there.
Then yesterday, my friend D and I volunteered to help assemble and sew plush monsters for a company called Monster to Love, run by a family who donates one monster for each one sold. That's the kids in the picture, and we worked on the orange, red and yellow monster in the lower right corner. I don't sew well, so I pinned pieces and that was very satisfying. They're soft and squishy, a bit expensive, but I love the idea. The event took place at one of our super cool stores downtown, called Mama Said Sew, which sells yummy fabric and offers classes.
While I was there, I looked at their offering of buttons, and saw that it was kind of sparse. Perfect for my polymer clay buttons! So I asked the shop owner if I could come by with a few samples, and she said sure, and gave me a time next week that would be good. Yea! I'm working up two new sets (4 styles each, three sizes each) to show her, plus I'll take the other ones I've worked on. She said she could either do it on consignment or buy them from me outright. Yea! again.
It gets better. I got an email last night from the guy who owns the Monster to Love company saying I had won the door prize, a $50 gift card to Mama Said Sew. Whoop! I don't sew, but have lots of friends that do, so it'll find a good home.