Today I would like to introduce you to one of my wonderful sponsors. She is an amazing mama, kind-hearted friend, as well as the owner of Dandelion Dream - Erin. You may remember the super cute squirrel shirt Erin made for Baby L, and you can see K's much loved Love Birds shirt by Erin above.
Erin and I have quite a few things in common, one of them being that we are both married to military men. In fact, due to our husbands jobs - my family moved from the east coast to the west coast (our big Oregon Trail adventure) around the same time that Erin's family moved from the west coast to the east coast. They are stationed where we were last. Funny how that works, don't you think?
We just love her shop. Baby L has been wearing his squirrel shirt at least twice a week since Thanksgiving and it still looks brand new. You can hardly even tell it has been worn. I may have to get one for myself, soon! Erin's talent, workmanship and textile choices are above and beyond. Also,when you purchase one of her beautiful and fun to wear designs, you are helping her family on their journey to adopt a baby girl.
Why don't I let her tell you a little more before I ramble on. So without further ado, let me present Erin from Dandelion Dream.
Hi, I'm Erin. A mama of two wee ones, wife to one sweet guy and the creator behind my new shop Dandelion Dream. My shop offers eco-friendly shirts lovingly printed with handcarved images. Currently, our family is on a wonderful journey of adopting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My husband, Chris and I truly enjoy parenting and the idea of adoption is so exciting to us. We believe that every child without family is tragic, and in the Congo the need is so great: hundreds of thousands of children have been orphaned because of the civil war (the deadliest war since World War II, claiming an estimated 5 million lives, half of which are children under the age of 5), the Congo is the second worst country in the world where sexual violence to women occurs and the death rate of Congolese children ages 0 - 5 is one of the highest on the planet. Our hearts are set on a baby girl. Currently, all profit made from Dandelion Dream is going towards our adoption.
A bit about me and my shop...
I graduated from college as a graphic designer and freelanced for several years. While I enjoy design, I found much more enjoyment in the tactility of holding a carving tool and creating with my hands. The prints are something I've been working through over time. Most of them have a little story behind them (small memories that I savor)... the VW, was our big road trip from the west to east coast, the bike... when my little one was learning to ride, the squirrel ... our new yard filled with little squirrels and acorn tops.
What I treasure about handmades...
I've always loved handmade. I love the time and effort poured out by the artist, crafter, knitter, sewist. My kitchen is filled with handmade plates, serving dishes, mugs and bowls, that I've collected here and there. I love that none of them are exactly alike. I love that the plate Chris eats off of, is slightly different from my own. I love that personal touch. It makes each meal a bit more special, each cup of coffee a bit tastier, each time I look at a print and soak in with appreciation the handiwork, the individual effort, and the artist behind that specific piece. I love being part of that, and meeting other amazing people that share that same love of art and handmade beauty.
Thank you, Erin.
Today Erin would like to offer one of you very lucky readers a $25.00 credit to her shop!
If you would like additional chances to win:
-Follow Danelion Dream on facebook with updates: www.facebook.com/ilovedandeliondream
-Follow Dandelion Dream on twitter: twitter.com/tinytwists
-Subscribe to Dandelion Dream's newsletter: www.dandeliondream.com/subscribe
-Post this giveaway to Facebook, Twitter, or your blog
-Let me know you are a dear follower of Frontier Dreams
and please make sure to come back and leave separate comments letting me know you've done so!
I will close comments on Thursday January 26th at 9pm PST and announce the winner within this post that night.
Thank you so much, Erin for this wonderful opportunity.
Good luck, everyone!
The winner by random number generator is:
Thanks for the opportunity. Lovely pieces - especially the clothes!
Congrats! Please e-mail me at farmergopi (at) yahoo (dot) com.