Friday, February 26, 2010

Warm Welcome & a Giveaway!

You may have noticed a new button on the top of the right hand side of the blog over the past month. I have been meaning to let you know all about it, but alas, the never ending sicknesses in our home prevented me from doing so.

Now, without further ado, I would like to take the time to give a very warm welcome to a new sponsor Desert Dyeworks


Photo courtesy of Desert Dyeworks

I have had the pleasure of chatting with Kathy, the owner of Desert Dyeworks, over the past couple of months and I have to say her creativity really shines through, even via e-mail. I fell in love with her shop. Not only does she have beautiful children's playsilks for nature tables and play (some of our favorite 'toys' in our home), captivating canopy playsilks, and sweet dress up skirts, but she also has scarves, women's shirts and gorgeous pillow covers. (I am coveting the one below, wouldn't it look great with my folksy flannel throw?)


Photo courtesy of Desert Dyeworks

Here's some more information on Desert DyeWorks in Kathy's own words:

I began dyeing in 2002, after seeing some playsilks that the local Waldorf school was selling at a bi-annual street fair here in Tucson. My daughter was just over a year old and I wanted to make some silks for her. I bought my supplies and jumped right in.

Though the solid color silks were wonderful, I wanted to expand my knowledge of dyeing and the different techniques. In my research, I came across a community of dyers and tie-dyers who were very open in the sharing and exchange of ideas. With this wealth of information at my fingertips my interest in dyeing went into overdrive.

I learned some basic folds as well as some more intricate ones. The fold I was most drawn to was the mandala fold. You can see the result of my first ever mandala fold, it is Desert Dyeworks avatar. Since that moment, I have been experimenting with the fold and different color combinations to give each silk its unique and vibrant qualities.

I stopped dyeing for a few years because my full-time job, besides the mom job, left me little time to be creative. I left the job in the summer of 2009, and began dyeing again. It was refreshing to feel my creativity flow again. I like to think of it as the rebirth of my creative soul.

I love what I do. Though sometimes I feel like a tie-dye geek, obsessed with color and the results of my efforts. My advice to anyone wanting to dabble in dyeing and tie-dyeing; do it, it’s fun and actually pretty easy. My one warning; it’s addictive!


To learn more about Desert Dyeworks please visit:
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Kathy has generously offered her beautiful Star Flower Mandala Playsilk seen below to one of you lucky readers.



"Your child can become whatever they imagine using a playsilks. The silk will transform your child into a butterfly, a wizard, a princess, or anything they dream. There is no limit to a child's imagination!

This is a hand dyed play silk. The silk is a large 35" x35" 8mm habatoi(china silk) square. It is dyed using high quality Procion dyes that will last a lifetime."



All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. If you would like more than one chance to win, post about this giveaway on your own blog and then come back here and leave another comment letting me know you did so. That will earn you two extra chances to win. I will close the comments on Thursday March 4th at 6pm PST and then announce the winner later that evening.

Thank you so much Kathy for this opportunity. Good luck everyone!!
Wishing you all a warm weekend!

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165 comments:

Nadja Magdalena said...

Nice giveaway...I've been contemplating ordering playsilks for a while anyway, so why not take a chance at winning one?

literate vertebrate said...

What a beautiful playsilk! My kids would love to win!

sarah in the woods said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win.

Elizabeth said...

WOW! The silks are just beautiful. We would love to add a proffesionaly dyed silk to our collection of home kool-aid dyed ones. Sign me up!

Simply Playing said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

kangy22 said...

So beautiful. I run a very small home daycare and I'd love to add this beautiful playsilk to our day.

Lisa said...

This is very beautiful giveaway and would be perfect for my little daughter. I hope, it is possible to take part for me from Germany.
Many greetings
Lisa

Lisa said...

I posted about it on my blog :-)

eidolons said...

Those silks are beautiful! I always wished we had Waldorf inspired toys and schools and things around here. Sadly, we don't. My oldest (now seven) had a mini play silk that he loved to pieces (literally). My youngest would adore the colors, I bet. And who knows what the third will like - he's not due for another two months! (:

Mari-Ann said...

Simply beautiful!

Mari-Ann
Counting Coconuts

Joy said...

That is amazingly beautiful! I know some kids that would really give it some love. ;)

Mary said...

How beautiful!

Linda said...

Beautiful...

LIsa said...

Wow that playsilk is *gorgeous.* I would love to add that to dd's playsilk collection (all simple and dyed by me)!

micha said...

Wow, this is wonderful! I would like to win ist :-). Its always a pleasure to appear on your blog.

Greetings from Germany, Micha

Grace said...

What a gorgeous silk! My girls play with them all the time but we've never had one this pretty! I'd love to win it. Going to check out her shop now. Thanks for the chance.

cheyenne said...

i LOVE play silks!!! This one is beautiful! I would love to win it.

cat said...

i can't pass this one up...that silk is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

This is so lovely. Would love to have.

June Watkins

Genevieve said...

Absolutely beautiful!

filz-t-raum.ch said...

oh, i am the first......
i hope to win your giveaway!
bye,
filz-t-raum.ch

(sorry, my english is not good)

Kelly and Kelly said...

wow, that is so pretty!!

Julia said...

beautiful giveaway!

picture is linked on the left side
http://treesign.blogspot.com/

thanks!

bee*in*the*balm said...

that's gorgeous! i'm very glad i stumbled on your beautiful blog.

Rebecca said...

that is an amazing playsilk!! I'd love to be entered, thanks.
What a wonderful sponsor!

Lori said...

wow, so beautiful. I imagine my little guy would love to use that silk as a cape!

Tricia said...

I would love a chance to win! So beautiful!

mamraby said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

kyndale said...

they're so beautiful! Cross my fingers and hope to win!!!

healing hillary said...

Oh my these are beautiful...such talent.
Thanks for sharing this great little co.

Robin said...

Oh! How lovely!!!

Shanda said...

What beautiful creations! Like a rainbow in your home. . .

Karah said...

Playsilks are a favorite in our house too. It is the one thing the kids play with every single day. TRhese look awesome though with all the patterns and colors!

boatbaby said...

A family can never have too many play silks! That is a gorgeous giveaway, thank you both!

The Nowotny Family said...

My little girl would love to play with the play silks. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mist said...

Wow! That is such a beautiful, dreamy playsilk.

Desert Dyeworks said...

Lisa,
I ship all over the world! If you win, it will fly across the seas to you:-) And thank you!

Kathy

erin said...

Her silks are absolutely gorgeous! It is clear that they are made with purpose and love. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway!

Annie said...

That's beautiful :) Great giveaway, just in time for someone's easter basket!

Lynnette said...

What a beautiful design! I just bought some playsilks for my kids but have not dyed them yet. What an inspiration.

Heather O. said...

wow these are so awesome! my 3 year old would LOVE any of these silks.

Holly Days Closet said...

OMG I love tie dye I have been doing it on and off for years. She makes me want to get into it even more. Thanks for the give away.
Holly

meredith said...

beautiful! i'm about to try dyeing playsilks using kool-aid, but i would love the chance to win this beautiful mandala.

Rachel said...

beautiful!

Jill said...

Beautiful playsilk Ni! It reminds me of Cat!

Hanna said...

My kids would go "Ga-ga" over that playsilk!!!

Paula P. said...

I have been drooling over her etsy shop for some time...wanting a silk canopy! Love her work. Thanks

Christinam1216@yahoo.com said...

Those silks are beautiful! My kids would love to win one!

kim said...

gorgeous mandala! thanks for this chance....

Anonymous said...

Simply Amazing!!I have one daughter
2 and half years and a son of 3 months ...i'm just start knowing
Waldorf Steinr Education and I really love it...a simple ,natural loving way to grow.
and your blog give me inspirations..
love and light Syama

HappyFolk said...

OH I was just looking at her stuff this morning! I would love for a chance to win

Wehaf said...

What an amazingly beautiful play silk!

urchiken at gmail dot com

dongdong said...

those are so cool and beautiful!

Melissa said...

This is gorgeous! I've never seen playsilk dyed this way. My tie-dye-loving daughter would love this ;o)

Amy in Boston said...

I love it! Thanks for offering this silk!!

Brynn said...

what a beautiful playsilk. Thanks!

gea said...

o waw thats a nice giveaway
i love it!!

gea said...

yes,i leave a comment on my blog!!
i like it!!

Lucy said...

Oooooh lovely. My little one saw this earlier on and asked if it was for her new bedroom, so I have to enter and maybe it can be in her new room! Those are such breathtaking colours

Meghan L. said...

Just simply BEAUTIFUL. Please pick me! My son needs to run around with color!

Andrea said...

This is so lovely! I don't think I'd want to share it with the kids!

Hallie said...

I have wanted to get my girls some silks...this would be a wonderful thing to win!!

Hallie said...

Happy to share it on my blog too! Would love to have a second/third chance to win!

www.ourbrokenroad.blogspot.com

erika~ the inspired mama said...

holy wow, her work is absolutely gorgeous!! LoVe!!

xo,
erika

Anonymous said...

that playsilk would get some serious play in our house . . . as a turban, a doll/chicken sling, a skirt, etc. etc. pick me! nancywalters44@hotmail.com

Heather said...

The playsilk is beautiful! My kids would love it!

heather said...

I don't think my first comment posted so I am trying again. How beautiful! My kids would love it!

RR said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

tulsileaf said...

Lovely!

I always tell myself I need to buy my daughter some play silks, then my mind goes elsewhere.

Mrs. H said...

Wow! What beautiful colors.


Mrs. H

Alicia said...

Ooh the colours! Count me in!

Rosemarie said...

This is so beautiful!

regina said...

wowza, that silk is gorgeous! much nicer than our kool-aid dyed ones. :)

Shannon said...

Wow! What a beautiful silk. Thank you so much for the chance...

aralyn said...

Absolutely beautiful! My children and daycare children would love to play with that gorgeous silk!

Jill said...

it's on the blog now Ni.
Boobearybinks.blogspot.com

Chrissy said...

Beautiful!

Kara said...

Just beautiful! Much better than my kool aid playsilks!

Robin said...

This is the most beautiful play silk I've ever seen!
Thanks for the chance to win it; my granddaughter would love it.

mamashawn said...

My goodness! That is simply gorgeous!!

lyneya said...

Wow 80 comments already! :) I posted in my blog about your give-away.

Amy said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy (artsyrockerchick@aim.com)

momma rae said...

stunning silks! love the colors. and yes, i think that pillow should be yours! :)

Kate said...

My goodness! What a lovely playsilk! My girls would love it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Polar Bear Creations said...

Love your silks and printing! Wonderful!!!! :0)

Robin said...

For the 2 extra chances to win I've posted about the giveaway on my blog:
http://mark-it-with-a-b.blogspot.com/2010/02/giveaways-you-could-win.html
Thanks!

Lady Celeste said...

It is so beautiful. I would love to see it in person. Amazing! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Lady Celeste said...

It is so beautiful. I would love to see it in person. Amazing! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Simply Amazing!!I have one daughter
2 and half years and a son of 3 months ...i'm just start knowing
Waldorf Steinr Education and I really love it...a simple ,natural loving way to grow.
and your blog give me inspirations..
love and light Syama
ravisyama@alice.it

lovestitches said...

It's bautiful and I am loving her shop!

Castlequeen said...

That Mandala tie-dying style is gorgeous. At playcircle we do a lovely wrapping and rolling song with the children - they love it!!
Please put my name in the hat.

Ziezo said...

Gorgeous pattern, thanks for the giveaway!

helgaanne said...

Wow What gorgeous playsilks!The mandala pattern is beautiful. We would love to win it. Thanks so much. Love your blog!

Daniela.botto@libero.it said...

This colours are amazing!! :-) sooooo beautiful!

jen dB said...

what beautiful colors! I love the mandala design, too. I've dyed solid colored silks before, but never tried designs... I'm intrigued!

Kara said...

What a wonderful giveaway! And, thank you for introducing me to an artist I didn't know before :-)

Best wishes,
Kara

Bonnie said...

Beautiful! I LOVE playsilks - I think just as much as my kids do!

Karye Luppen said...

I love love love this playsilk! It is so gorgeous!

Karye Luppen said...

I love love love this playsilk- it is so beautiful, We'd love to add it to our dress up collection!

Carrie said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this beautiful and unique silk! We would treasure it!

ag78 said...

lovely giveaway!

Noelle Boosinger said...

A great giveaway! Thanks for offering such a beautiful playsilk - I hope I'm the lucky winner!

Naturalearthfarm said...

Thank you for such a beautiful giveaway.
Warm wishes,
Tonya

Annalea said...

Oh, we love playsilks here. There fantastic! And Desert Dyework's work is exceptional.

Desert Dyeworks said...

"jen dB said...

what beautiful colors! I love the mandala design, too. I've dyed solid colored silks before, but never tried designs... I'm intrigued!"

Jen, I have a tutorial on folding and dyeing mandalas on the Desert Dyeworks Fan Page. I figure others shared their technique with me, and I should do the same!
http://www.facebook.com/DesertDyeworks?v=app_2347471856

Emilie said...

gorgeous!

Sarah said...

great idea for a giveaway!

sales@simplyprettyprints.com

calynde said...

That star flower mandala silk is gorgeous! wow! Congrats on another cool sponsor.

holistic_earthmama said...

Oh so beautiful!

Atouria said...

Lovely work!

Amy said...

That is a gorgeous silk!

Honey Pumpkin Mama said...

This is a great giveaway. My children would love the playsilks. I was just about to order them when I saw this! thank you

Gracia said...

Beautifull and playfull, my daughter will love them.

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous! This would be perfect for my wonderful soon-to-6-years-old daughter.

Amy said...

Wow, this is a beautiful playsilk. We would love to add it to our collection!

Delaney.smith@yahoo.com said...

Beautiful work. My son loved the playsilks in his music class and would love one of his own.

Eagle Loft said...

I've never seen anything like this playsilk -- it's gorgeous!

Eagle Loft said...

I blogged about your post!
http://eagleloft.blogspot.com/2010/02/two-wonderful-giveaways.html

Colette said...

I have always wanted to gift a set of play silks to my sweet daughter...she is 8 and I had better get a move on before she outgrows them altogether =0)

npslux said...

What a beautiful playsilk! I love watching my boys play with playsilk - they can be so many things from a super hero to a ghost. It would be great for them each to have their own.

Colette said...

blogged about your great giveaway here:

http://yearofhandmade.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/far-far-away-quilt-blocks/

Thanks for the opportunity!

Emily said...

Wow, these are so beautiful!

guacamama said...

This is a masterpiece of a silk! My boys would LOVE to have one. Thank you for the generous chance to win it!

marty said...

My colorfull girl becomes more beautiful by winning this playsilk!
I love your lovely blog!

Marty

Amy Souza said...

beautiful!!!

Jennifer said...

I just recently found you blog. Beautiful! Wonderful ideas, photos and a lovely glimpse into your home. We have a basket of silks that are played with daily by both my 3 year old and 9 month old. This silk is gorgeous and my oldest would just be in heaven if we won it!

Erin Carter O'Brien said...

That is absolutely stunning! My daughter would immediately wear it to the store, knowing her. Our few solid silks become so many different things!

loree said...

That playsilk is BEAUTIFUL!

loreew @ pacbell. net

montessori mommy said...

So beautiful! What a fun giveaway!

ingrid said...

beautiful! would love to add this to our collection.
thanks

My Child's Diary said...

please count me in!

One Acre Homestead said...

That is an amazing playsilk! We own just a few precious silks...one of my favorites is the "night sky" one with stars and a beautiful deep blue. I'd love to add this silk to our toy room and watch my two girls' (5 & 7) imaginations take flight!

Clare said...

Oh my, that is the most beautiful playsilk I have ever seen. Just amazing. Thank you for such a sweet giveaway!

Genevieve P said...

Gorgeous! We're giving some white playsilks and packets of kool-ade to my daughter next week for her birthday, but this would blow that out of the water!

momma rae said...

i blogged this! thanks again! ;)

Nickname unavailable said...

how beautiful! thanks for the chance :)

Jane said...

What talent! Thank you for sharing in this great giveaway!

Cheri said...

Lovely giveaway! We don't have any playsilks yet; my kids would love this.

Lydia said...

I'd love a playsilk!! My daughters each have one and have so much fun with them!

heather said...

I would love to give my kids that playsilk!

Mama Jillian said...

These silks look delicious! My girls are just shy of 3 and 5 years old and are the perfect age to fall in love with them!

Mama Jillian said...

My post with a link to yours is here: http://everydayfourseasons.blogspot.com/2010/03/check-this-out.html. Thank you for the chance to win!

Andrea said...

No way-that is amazing dyeing!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Beautiful silks and wonderful giveaway. We could always use more playsilks. :)

Blessings,

Val

Tulip said...

What a beautiful silk! The colors - so rich! I'd love to hold this in my hands :-)

Tulip said...

Just made a post in my own blog :-)

mommypants13 said...

wow that is gorgeous, annabella would LOVE it

Danielle Zwaard said...

Wow, how beautiful! Lovely givaway :-)

Melanie said...

beautiful colors...one of our favorite *toys* as well!

Jaime said...

Gorgeous!!! Thanks for the chance to win! My 3 darlings would love those!

Adlerfam said...

I've been eyeing her stuff on Etsy. Gorgeous colors and patterns!

kendra said...

what amazing work, kathy! and thanks for the giveaway, nicole! we are shockingly short of play silks and would treasure it!

Sarah Lee said...

oh it's beautiful!
i'd love to add this to my collection of toys for my first child who arrives in May.

Angela Mobley said...

alright...i'm in!

Kelly said...

What beautiful silks! We would be so lucky to have one.

Hanna said...

I want these so bad that I blogged about it...
http://harvestinghanna.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-playsilks-well-sort-of.html

Megan said...

Count me in, please! I recently got two playsilks for DD and they are getting a ton of use- we're tight on money, so hoping I'm the lucky winner! Thanks again.

Pamela said...

I came over from Hanna's blog to enter. My short people love them some playsilks.

ilovehellokitty said...

Pretty! Great contest! Posted to my facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/GingersBeadedRings

Melissa said...

I looove all your tye-dye work so pretty. count me in, in the giveaway! :)

m moon said...

that silk is sooooooo beautiful....we love it want to play with it

Rebecca said...

How lovely! I know a little one who would greatly enjoy it.

Mea said...

Kathy's work is beautiful. I love how vibrant the aqua hue looks. I'd be tempted to frame this silk! My daughter and I would enjoy creating new play opportunities together with it, too. Thank you for this opportunity!

Ronnie said...

wow how beautiful. thanks for the chance. my babes would love it

Rayelle said...

That's gorgeous! I'd love to win that for my friend's DD's 2nd birthday at the end of the month!

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