Free Necklace by Dote Handmade Goods

I’m giving away this handmade necklace over at On the Search for Hidden Treasure. Now’s your chance to win some of my art work! Go over there and enter to win!

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Crafty Update: New Blog Feature!

Just wanted to say thanks to Rebecca at Try Handmade for including me in an article she has written about eco-friendly travel tips. I’m honored to be included with such talented artists.

Win a Set of Recycled Map Stationery!

Local blog celeb, Esbee, at Life in Forsyth just posted her first blog contest of the year, and the prize is a set of my recycled map stationery. If you’d like to enter, hop on over to Life in Forsyth and get your creative juices flowing. Also, it’s for a good cause!

Crafty Update: Lavender Dryer Sachets

This past Christmas, one of the handmade gifts I distributed was a set of lavender dryer sachets. Basically, they’re little pillows stuffed with dried lavender that you throw into your clothes dryer instead of using commercial dryer sheets, which are made with all kinds of gross (and harmful) petroleum based chemicals and animal fats. These are better for people and better for the environment, and they last a really long time and make your clothes smell of sweet, herbal lavender. They were such a big hit, I got orders from people who weren’t lucky enough to receive them as gifts but saw someone else receive them. So, I figured I better start selling them! Now available at Dote Handmade Goods. $15 for a set of three or get a sample and try one out for $5 (plus shipping).

Crafty Update: Holiday Gift Guides Galore!

I’m very excited that my recycled map stationery is getting so much exposure this year. The holidays are always a busy time, but this year things really seem to be amping up. It’s making me start to think in terms of refining my blog, which as you know has thus far been a conglomeration of random thoughts, into a true art/design/craft blog. Maybe that will be a goal for 2010…transitioning into something more professional (and more lucrative).

Rounding out my excellent 2009 are some blog mentions I wanted to brag about. First off, the good people at Focus Organic have now included me in their Green Christmas and Holiday Gift Guide for the second year in a row!

New this year is an inclusion in the Indie Fixx Handmade Holidays Gift Guide. That’s a site I’ve admired for a while, and I’m thrilled they noticed my stuff.

And finally, A Perfect Peach also discovered the joys of map stationery!

This has been my most successful year yet, and I’m hopeful that it will only get better from here on out!

Crafty Update: Paso Pacifico

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Today Dote Handmade Goods was asked to participate in a charity event held by Paso Pacifico, a non-profit organization based in Ventura, CA dedicated to protecting endangered forests and wildlife along the pacific slope of Central America. Their programs include reforestation, community-based eco-tourism, wildlife research and protection, and environmental education. I’ll be providing them with eco-friendly map stationery for a silent auction at an event that will benefit their conservation programs in Nicaragua. Score one for the environment!

Crafty Update: New Blog Mention!

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My handmade stationery sets made from vintage Appalachian Trail maps were featured on a blog this week! Thanks to another Megan at Studio M.M.E. Stutterings for taking notice of my handiwork. Check out my Etsy shop (Dote Handmade Goods) for the entire selection.