Calloo, callay! Here's another Clementine Store giveaway!

Emily, the owner of Clementine, attended my NYC design camp, and we became fast friends due to her unwavering awesomeness. Her store has an amazing selection of handmade, vintage, and locally-made (in Vermont!) goodies, and I frequently would like to have them all. Today we are giving away several products with a "Be Brave!" theme. Are you the winner? First, check out the adorable items in the giveaway:

Be Brave Decal by Shanna Murray

Go Get 'Em Tiger Card / Leopard iPhone 5 Case / Proud of You Card / You Are Awesome Card

Emily even put together a little video on how to apply your Be Brave decal! Look: 

 

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Go to Clementine and look at/squee over/purchase all of the adorable items.

2. Check out (and like!) the Clementine Store page on Facebook.

2. Leave a comment here telling us about a brave thing you did recently.

One (1!) winner will be randomly chosen next Monday, July 8. Open to US residents only.

ALSO! Get 15% off all Clementine orders with code BEBRAVE at checkout, through 7/9!

We can't wait to hear your stories. GO, GO, GO!

UPDATE, July 8: Contest closed -- winner is #27, DriverB! Congratulations and thank you to all who entered!

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Hey, hey! If you would like to attend an upcoming design camp and would like a coupon code and to enter a giveaway, scroll yourself down to the bottom!

This recap is a two-parter. First up: ATL Mini Camp! This one was historic, featuring two of my oldest friends, and our first guy camper, hooray!

We found the camp space via AIRBNB, what are the odds? It was beautiful and natural light-y and the perfect size for our design-learning needs. I also got all crafty and made some tassel balloons and fringed garland. That was fun for about five minutes, but the effort paid off in festiviosity.

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My campers take good notes, even though they receive a PDF full of notes after camp. They're quite studious.

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For a special treat, Ally of From The Right Bank was kind enough to come give a lunchtime talk about Atlanta-based design stuff. She is very adorable and tiny and smart. Thanks, Ally!

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As if that weren't enough, my beloved Ben Corda drove over from his new town in Tennessee, took photos all day, held a little photography seminar for us, AND took fun portraits of everyone after camp (see below). That boy is truly the best, I don't care what his mom says about him.

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Ben Corda may or may not have been hungover at this time.

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A sampling of Ben's portraits. At left: Allison, feigning surprise that she got roped into acting as intern for the day.

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Sisters!

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How cute is this ATL group? Look at them, all smiles, even with their brains falling out from listening to me yammer about paint colors for eight hours.

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Next up: Boston! I can't remember how I found Michael Warren and his incredibly gorgeous 110k Studios, but I am so glad I did. Michael was lovely and generous with his time AND equipment -- he loaned me a camera after I realized I'd forgotten mine. We are now in love and I'm planning to move into his studio in the fall. 

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My Boston campers were so much fun, and also featured new friends. Here, they're learning "50 Ways To Dewit." Shut up, it's not dirty.

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Camp goodies! The ever-present "Be Brave" prints courtesy of Holly from her shop, Charm & Gumption. My best pals at Illume sent a box of gorgeous candles that I nearly kept for myself. And sweet Emily from Clementine put together an adorable gift package, including a tote bag, a note card, and a handmade bookmark. Stop being so awesome, y'all. (Please don't stop.)

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Audra, with her giant brain, clearly using some vocabulary I have never heard.

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Oh, hey, did you want Homemade Rice Krispy treats with rainbow sprinkles? Why didn't you come to camp, then?

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Michael had this photo hanging on the back wall of his studio. Mardi Gras dog, I love you.

Two of the campers work at Lindt. They brought bags and bags of delicious chocolate. I am sorry, but I ate it all.

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Michael also held a super good-time portrait session at the end of camp. How do I keep getting so lucky, I ask you? It was so much fun. There are tons more pics at the AB Chao Design Camp FB page

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This is Janelle. She was at Boston camp and has good hair. Janelle would like you to know that, if you sign up for camp in the next week, you will receive a 10% discount with the coupon code DESIGNCAMP10.

ALSO! GIVEAWAY! At the end of next week (Friday, June 28), I will choose a random registrant who will win a free pass to design camp. You can use the pass for yourself, or bring a friend! All you have to do to enter is sign up for any upcoming camp, here. And don't forget to use your coupon code: DESIGNCAMP10.

GO TO CAMP: PHILLY MINI (JULY 13)  |  DENVER MINI (JULY 27)  |  MINNEAPOLIS (AUG 3-4)

 

All photos: Ben Corda and Michael Warren.

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Hello, hello. I have a special treat for y'all today. Remember the black wrap skirt I was obsessed with? The one that sweet Lucia made for me, exactly to my measurements? Yes. Well. We have collaborated to present a giveaway! And I think you're going to like it. Lucia -- who has a new website that you should immediately go visit -- kindly mailed me the giveaway piece to model for y'all, and I am happy to say that I love it. Like, LURVE it. LOAVE it. It's a black off-shoulder mini dress, made of the softest jersey, and sewn to your own custom specifications. The dress is loose enough to feel modest, with that one drapey side, but then there's that exposed collarbone on the other side that gives it some edge. (My mother would die if she knew I said "sexy" on this here website, but let's be honest: it is.)

I also love it because it is so comfortable, and so versatile. 

You can wear it as a t-shirt, with jeans and tennies:

Top/dress: Larimeloom / Jeans: Madewell / Shoes: Converse

Or as a dress, hiking it up as high as you dare (I didn't really dare very much):

Dress: Larimeloom / Sandals: Missoni

I have also been known to wear it as a bathing suit cover up, in my yard, when it's 75 degrees out and I'm pretending it's summer.

ANYWAY. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here (don't forget to enter your email address!) and then go hit "Like" on Lucia's Facebook page, located here.

I will choose a winner at random next Tuesday. Hooray!

Oh, wait, there's one more thing: Lucia is offering a 10% off coupon code in her Etsy store for the duration of the giveaway, so go get your shop on! Use the code ABCHAO10 at checkout. Hooray, hooray, extra hooray!

UPDATE: The winner of the giveaway is commenter #27, Anastasia! Please look for an email from me soon! Congratulations, and thanks to Lucia and to all who entered. 

 

Happy Valentine's Day, all you sweet valentines. Congratulations to Rachel, upon whom random.org saw fit to bestow the winning comment for the "Honey, Be Your Own Valentine" giveaway! Here is Rachel's entry:

Hooray, Rachel! Now you and your sparkly Toms can enjoy this valentine together. I'll be emailing you with details on how to claim your fancy goodies. 

Thank you to all who entered! And another big thanks to Emily at Clementine for this great giveaway! Hope today is filled with love for all of you.

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What's that you say? You hate Valentine's Day? Hey, I feel you. It can be such a jerk sometimes. But today I've teamed up with the awesome Emily at Clementine for a giveaway that is going to make you want to pour a glass of champagne, put on some Joni Mitchell, and romance YOUR OWN SELF. What we are saying is, honey, be your own Valentine.

This giveaway contains such queenly items as a mini milk & honey soap, a slate & gold geometric notebook , a felt Clementine bookmark, a letterpressed "Hooray For You!" card, a hand-built gold leaf paper dish, and of course, a wishing bracelet.

Oh, and just some amazingly indulgent and beautiful honey caramels, infused with grapefruit essence, enrobed in milk chocolate, dusted with bee pollen and sea salt, and wrapped in pistachios. NO BIG DEAL.

I know. It's the best giveaway ever. I wish I could win it myself. So y'all get to entering! All you have to to do enter is comment here and tell us what you're wearing. What? It's my website, I can do what I want. (Also, please remember to enter an email address.)

I'll choose a random winner and announce it on February 14. And go visit Clementine in the meantime -- there is lots of other way good stuff over there. 

Thank you so much, Emily! And, Happy Valentine's Day, Honeys!

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Hello! Thank you all for participating in the Rivet & Sway vote + giveaway. First up, the frames y'all selected for Madeleine: PUNCHLINE!

And by quite a wide margin:

So, congratulations, Punchline! You are now the proud owner of Madeleine's face.

And now, the winner of the giveaway...

Katie T., of comment #3! Congratulations, Katie! I will be emailing you soon.

Thanks to Rivet & Sway for their amazing generosity, and thanks again to everyone who participated! This was so much fun.

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