Friday, December 09, 2011

Murphy Bag giveaway for supporters of small businesses

 I've been making some Murphy Bag IPad/Kindle/Nook cases....and sold them all over the weekend at a Christmas Fair. Except for one....I'm giving it away :) at the end of this blog post.

I got an Ipad for my birthday/Christmas (one of the benefits of having a December birthday). It is the coolest thing! It is amazing to be able to do everything with your fingers....


I made this one for myself.

 
 I also made this large tote bag with an adjustable strap and a medium cosmetic bag.

 The Wandering Peacock Arts Center and Studio in Easthampton, MA will be carrying Murphy Bags! The owner is a friend from college and she has an amazing place full of handcrafted art! I'm trying to make, shop in small local business or online shops like etsy for my holiday gifts. I hope you are too!

Here is my Blog Hop Party Giveaway! Visit the Quilting Gallery Blog for all the blogs with giveaways this week!





A little Murphy Bag 10" x 9" it will fit a Kindle Fire or it could just be a cosmetic bag.
 The fabric is from The Wizard of OZ collection. I machine quilted it and added lots of red Swarovski Crystals
To win this little Murphy Bag leave me a comment about a gift you made or bought from a small business. If it's from an online shop, link it in your comment. I'll pick a random winner at the end of the week!

101 comments:

Margaret said...

I bought three of my gifts on etsy. I also made a pact to try and buy most if not all of my gifts from small business this year.

Jeannie said...

I bought a snowlady for my sister at our local bazaar. It is made with antique linens, lace, and a fur collar. Adorable!

QuilterLaura said...

I am also trying to do just that! I found a really neat person on etsy who makes beautiful wooden guitar picks. "Woodypick" is his shop name. My son is a guitarist and this is a perfect stocking stuffer for him! I think he'll love these!

Patrice Murphy said...

I have purchased five sets of fingerless gloves on Etsy for some Christmas fun! As a small business owner I certainly appreciate the Support Small Business efforts! Thanks for spreading the word! Patrice from www.MovingPortrait.com

LInda Pearl said...

Thanks for promoting Small Business Saturday! Love the Murphy bags!

Joleen said...

I live in western Washington State and purchased a locally handmade ornament depicting a local scene. I love supporting small business. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kitty said...

I participated in and bought items during our local Artisan's Guild tour. Love your bags.

Gene Black said...

Fun, I got an iPad for my birthday too. (september) What a totally awesome gift.

I gave my older Kindle to my mom. However the pouch that it is in is rather manly. This one would be perfect for her.

cajamk said...

Hello! Having a small biz of my own I always support them! Most of my Christmas shopping is done online with Ebay. I also purchase most of my quilting supplies thru small biz online and at my local quilt shop.

Kathy H said...

We have bought pieces of jewelry from different etsy shops. It is great to find something that not everyone will be wearing. I have also gotten a beautiful decorated birdhouse from an etsy shop. Your bags turned out so cute. Such great fabric choices too.

Heather said...

I have made lots of gifts this year, pin cushions and needlecases for quilting friends and pillows and tabletoppers for others.

Kathleen said...

not making any gifts this year for anyone but I am making a quilt and I ordered the fabric from a small business on etsy...fresh squeezed fabrics....love your bags....

Jean Kaelin said...

I made a pocket for my IPod with a loop and snap that attaches inside my purse, so I don't have to hunt for my IPod. Found the idea on another blog.

iluvmybugs said...

I always try to buy handmade gifts and always buy jewelry made by daughter. Her etsy store is: SuburbanGirlStudio For those who like to make their own jewelry, she also sells her handcrafted ceramic beads on etsy at: suburbangirlbeads
Thanks for the chance to win your adorable Murphy Bag!

Emily H. said...

I'm a craft fair junkie when it comes to Christmas gifts. I've been known to go to the same craft fair 3 times in 2 days! I love handmade gifts from local shops and crafters. This year I bought a birdhouse, melted wine bottles made into a cheese board, spoon rest, and coin bowl, etched glass glasses, and 4 pieces of stained glass! My husband is tolerant enough to come along with me and be my packmule for all this stuff too :-) I also make my own gifts, and am working on finishing up a King size quilt as a Christmas/wedding present, as well as a lap quilt for a close friend who's daughter just passed from cancer.

KOcanQuilt said...

I love craft fairs. I bought some glass jewelry last year at one for the ladies in my family. They were gorgeous.

Kathi said...

ooo the blues in your geader are so pretty! My DDs are shopping on Eysy this year so will pass this on to them-I see a few things that I would like!! Thanks for playing the blog hop!

KatieQ said...

I usually whine about my birthday being close to Christmas (December 20th. This year I have been whining that I would like to have a Kindle Fire. Hopefully, my requests have not fallen on deaf ears. A Murphy bag would be a great place to store it.
I purchased hand painted wooden Christmas ornaments that were made locally at the nature center in the town next to ours.

Kathy said...

I bought a cute hat from Etsy for my son for this winter. It's a regular loom hat but it has a beard that covers his mouth (and you can order the beards in the color of your choice.) Now he can look like Daddy. Here's the link:

http://new2quilting.blogspot.com/2011/11/winter-beard.html

Jsoosay said...

In our quilt guild we were supposed to make handmade gifts this year to swap. I made a little pincushion with an appliqued grandmother's garden flower on it. I had always wanted to try english paper piecing so this was the perfect sized project to try it out.

free indeed said...

I just ordered this subway art:
http://www.creationsbyheidi.com/christmas-subway-art-block-panel/

I want it for a porch display this Christmas...a gift to myself and a reminder of the greatest gift given.

Sheila said...

I just bought my Mom some earrings at a craft fair .i just got an IPad so would love to win this cover.thanks for the chance.

Debra said...

I buy so much on Etsy I couldn't begin to list it all!

tubakk said...

I'm so sorry for not having the opportunity to take a part in this give-away. I really like your things!

Jennifer said...

I've been making my gifts this year, but I am selling as well

www.etsy.com/sweetummz2

Carolyn said...

You do beautiful work! I love the red shoes. "There's no place like home."

I bought a cute outfit for each of my little buglets (grandbabies) from a children's store here in my small town. I love supporting small businesses. I just wish there were more of them.

Thank you for the chance!

Carrie P. said...

Cute little bag.
I just bought a sweet decorated mitten ornament from a craft show.
Merry Christmas!

JustPam said...

I bought some jewelry and fabric from etsy shops.

Dona said...

I love to buy my patterns PDF from the sellers on Etsy. Precious Patterns - http://www.etsy.com/shop/preciouspatterns?ref=ss_profile is my favorite for kid items.

Mom C said...

Crochet hats and gloves from Saluations, an etsy shop. Love her work. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lise said...

I bought a cute Christmas wall ornament today at a craft show in support of a local wildlife refuge place .... thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway...

Anonymous said...

I live in a small town and ALL our shopping is at small businesses. Thanks for the inspiration this year by sharing your art! Belinda (barnmace@msn.com)

Mamabill said...

I work at a small quilt shop in Idaho. supposecreatedelight.com Its a great source for small gifts all year.

Michele Hester said...

I do most of my gift shopping at:

MondayGourmet.com

Lots of yummy food items for busy families!

Thanks for participating in the blog party, this is fun.....

Merry Christmas!

Gwen said...

First, let me say that I know a special young lady who has been hinting that she really could use a case for her kindle-- AND she is a HUGE fan of The Wizard of Oz-- what a perfect coincidence!! :-) I like to buy from local crafters-- and most recently, bought some beautiful jewelry from a local polymer clay artist for a friend's birthday. She loved the items! :-) Thank you for this giveaway!

Karen nick said...

This year I am trying to make most of my gifts. I did buy a few from an Arts and Crafts show of small businesses. I did buy one really neat gift from jinny beyer's web site, a small wooden cutting board with a quilt design inlay. The artist who made the board is from Oklahoma . Hugs turtle

nettie said...

Darling, darling multi-purpose bags you make. Do you sell the pattern?
I would love to win it for my daughter, she has a "Nook" and the grandkids are always getting into it.
Happy Holidays and thanks for the giveaway.
Nettie
nettiecrain@live.com

Denise said...

I made some homemade vanilla this year for gifts. Nothing like it for making cookies and cakes. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

bohemiannie! art said...

I made art journal covers this year for gifts!!! I'm a small business! Small!

Anonymous said...

I made a Chicken Pincushion for one of my friends!

Love the banner on your blog, the quilt is wonderful! Your Murphy Bags are cute too, thanks for the giveaway!

Katina
kjkoukla(athotmail.....

AlessandraLace said...

thank you for this chance to win. hugs

Jo said...

I make almmost all of my own gifts but try to buy my fabric from small local shops or on line at esty!

Sharon Pernes said...

I usually make my own gifts. My favorite one is a wine bottle gift bag.

Judy said...

Whenever I sell at a craft show, I always buy from the other vendors. Recently, we bought a birdhouse for my dad that has a person's face carved into. Very original!
Judy
www.goldendogquilting.com
www.birchbaydyedfabric.com

Mary said...

I have purchased gifts on etsy.There is a cute gift shop in our town, that I love to buy from. Thank you for a chance to win

Becky said...

We make bean soup mix for gifts. I purchased our 30 pounds of beans from a local International Market. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway! Merry Christmas!

Melinda said...

I have not finished my made presents. I have a small wall hanging and a purse to make. I have also made lined drawstring bags as teacher gifts!

Connie said...

That last thing we bought was some wood furniture for our deck from a local craft show. Your bag would be perfect for my daughter's Kindle!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I shop online mostly. I'm really not sure what all is considered a small business, but some the places I shop are Fat Quarter Shop in the small town of Manchaca, Texas, Nancy Rinks, Elefantz Magazine.....

JCnNC said...

I bought a seam ripper with "hand turned handle" from www.duringquiettime.com and Christmas stitchery pattern from www.raspberryrabbits.com Thanks for this wonderful giveaway and I do very readily support small business over cement floor stores. Judy C

Kell said...

I bought a crocheted beanie for my newphew at the local high school fair they had last weekend.

Joanie's Quilts said...

http://joanieinnc-quiltershaven.blogspot.com/2011/09/what-fun-making-these-fabulous-jewelry.html
Not only did I make these cinch bags to help raise funds for Autism Services of NC I made extras to give away to dear friends. All your bags are just lovely! Thank you for reminding us to think small business. I will keep my eye open to that as I go along!

Needled Mom said...

I tend to buy many gifts from small shops to try to keep them in business. I hate to have to be dependent on mass produced items. My most recent purchase was a Gorgeous scaft from a small shop in San Diego.

Jen said...

Cute bag! It would fit my iPad. I try to buy from small businesses. I bought three presents at a craft fair this year and one from an art gallery.

Kelly said...

OH I love supporting small businesses. I have purchased soap, doll clothes, pottery, and other great finds from local small businesses.

Thanks for the chance to win!

kelly (at) mysimplewalk (dot) com

Jennifer Gail said...

I like to shop at the local quilt shop. Fabric N Quilts.

Tracy Johnson said...

I love supporting local, family owned shops.

Probably the last purchase was jewelry from my friend here in Austin who makes beautiful silver jewelry. Her etsy shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/WildMoonDesign?ref=seller_info

Pretty bag with the ruby red slippers, I knew right away it had something to do with Oz.

Quilting "b" said...

I have been making all my gifts this year. It has been a labour of love. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway.

Quilting Melodies said...

First of all I Love the Wizard of OZ (Love the bag) and secong I love shopping on Etsy. There are some of the most creative and wonderful things on there. If you haven;t shopped on etsy.com you should check it out! Thanks for sharing,
Angie

Lyn said...

For many years I have made many of my gifts....buying my fabric at the small business quilt store. This coming year I plan to make Kindle covers and a nutcracker quilt for my Daughter

Lisa Cox said...

I try to do a lot of my buying at small businesses. I must have all natural soaps due to my many allergies and have found 2 great online sources for them. http://witchsbrewsoaps.com/ and
http://www.urbannaturals.net

Anne said...

Susan's magnets and pushpins make excellent gifts!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweeterlemon

Anonymous said...

I love your inchie swap quilts. I'll definitely be back to check your blog. Thanks!
kario66@hotmail.com

Laura said...

Love the wizard of oz fabric. Please enter me.
Laura
laura.leahj@gmail dot com

Jill said...

Cute bag. Thanks for the chance to win it.

NM_Creatrix said...

What a great gift!

Diane said...

I give hand made items as gifts, some I make myself and some made by my friends. This year I purchased knitted gloves from my friend and made quilted items for the rest of my gifts. I own a Kindle and would love to win this. Thank you for the giveaway.

Sue Daurio said...

I make all the nieces and nephews Christmas presents every year. This year I made washable, reusable shopping bags. what fun. Great giveaway, I just got a Motorola XYboard that would fit wonderfully in there.

Linda V said...

The best gift I have made was a hand-quilted quilt for my dear friend, Patti. The pics and story can be found here: http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com/2011/10/true-friend-and-finish.html

Thanks for the giveaway!
Linda

crafter1953 said...

Hi, I try to make most of the small gifts I give. I am a beader and quilter so I made beaded net ornament covers and a bag to put the ornament and cover in. Thank you for your giveaway, and Happy Holiday to You and Yours.

Missy said...

I bought some of my gifts at the local craft fair in October. Thanks so much!

Crooked Gulley Art Quilts - Mary Couch said...

I donated two quilted items, a wine tote and an egret art quilt, to my local garden club's charity auction. They made a total of $240! Thanks for this give-away.
Hugs from Mary

Maxine said...

I made little cloth baskets as gifts for teachers. Thanks for the chance to win your Murphy bag. Happy holidays!

Desi @ Wee Share said...

I made a crochet blanket for my daughter. It's big, soft, and purple-- her favorite color :)

Desi
weeshareblog@gmail.com

Happy Me said...

I made two baby quilts recently with fabric purchased from my LQS. http://bnpquilts.com/ I'd be lost without it!

Thank you for the chance to win!

marth225 said...

I have been meaning to make me a Kindle case but everything gets in the way

janie said...

I once bought a small change purse from a local shop that sells goods from around the world that are made by women who have no other means of earning monies for themselves and their children.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I do support our Local Quilt shops. They sometimes carry little gifts too. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Darlene B said...

I have bought beaded necklaces made by a coworker. I also try to support my LQS (my husband would say I'm doing a fine job of that!)

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

YOUR BAGS ARE REALLY NEAT.
hOPE i WIN ONE

Mary C said...

I have bought handmade jewelry from independent business persons. I like the idea that I can have an original. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Lynnie said...

I often shop on etsy to support SBO when I am able. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Merry Christmas!

Kess said...

I've been buying the gifts I haven't been making at our local farmer's market and at the small businesses downtown. It's better than getting them from the big, commercial stores.
Thanks for the giveaway!
kessilari(at)gmail(dot)com

nicolesender said...

I bought a necklace for my mom at a craft fair. She loves beads and it was just perfect for her.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

lemony lucy said...

We just had a handmade goods bazaar here. I bought some hand printed, hand made paper cards. I don't think I can part with them. They'll probably end up as art on my wall.

B Greene said...

I bought this great necklace for a friend who has a sloth as her "symbol" - it is so cute! http://www.etsy.com/listing/63267333/happy-sloth-necklace Thanks for the info on the craft store in Easthampton - we go to that area a few times a year, so I will certainly check it out! Thanks for a great giveaway!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Kathleen. It's always such a pleasure to hear of artists' business successes--congratulations! Especially as you produce such neat products.
Happy holiday stitching!
best from Tunisia,
nadia

Judi said...

I buy a lot of things from small businesses. This year, several of my gifts are from our local craft fair - a cutting board, books, baby items, and I bought every woman in our family jewelry from my daughter who sells Premiere Jewelry.

Maria Kievit said...

Bought a tree ornament a couple of years back from a small crafting group. It was a colourful ball decorated with a nice drapey pattern of beads all around. Still use it.

Cindy said...

That bag you made is so darling! I love making mug rugs for friends. It seems the perfect gift for coffee and tea drinkers alike. I also like buying from craftspeople at craft fairs and this time of year the choices are many. I like buying jewelry and things that strike my fancy. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck in your business!

CMEH said...

I have been making salt scrub for christmas and people love it!@ thanks for a great giveaway!

wlstarn said...

I make handpainted silk scarves and hand dye anything white I can get my hands on! I;ve given a number of my scarves as gifts and also sell them in my etsy shop.

KarenD said...

I bought a hand painted ornament from a local business in VT that showed a winter barn scene.

poppyinpink said...

I have been looking for bag patterns on Etsy and bought 2 from different gals and am yet to use them, (very recent purchase) also have bought the cutest handmade pincushion at a stall in a hospital lobby it is postage stamp watercolour style and to me totally precious for the obvious reason that has been crafted by some-one who made each stitch with love. Your bags are delectable. Everything about them is just right. The fabrics, the finish, the remarkable quilting, the colours. I would buy your work in a heartbeat, which makes your beautiful red shoes bag very desirable, The twinkles of the crystals are the final touch of perfection for me!!

The Sleepy Dreamer said...

I create scrabble tile pendants, for people. They are inexpensive and make amazing gift. I have given many away to my little nieces. lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

Shannon said...

What an adorable bag. I love the shoes! I try to buy most things from small businesses when possible because my mom has owned her own business/studio/gallery (she's a potter and more recently a quilter) for 25 years and I've seen how hard she works. My favorite things to buy from small businesses are things I don't make, so I usually wind up buying jewelry and pottery from other artists.

Deb said...

What a wonderful bag...my sister has a Kindle; this would be perfect!! A great soap site is here:
http://www.gracefuldesignscards.com/pleasantviewsoaps.html
The soap is delish!!!

Susan said...

Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls (the really big ones)

NEEDLES IN THE GROVE said...

I have made 3 jelly roll strip quilts as gifts for my grand daughters.

As the owner of a small business I know how important supporting local businesses is.

Thank you for helping get the word out

magicthimblecreations said...

Your bags are very nice and I wish you the best. I work for a small clothing manufacturer....12 0f use cutting, sewing, painting, decorating, packing and shipping. The owner does all the shows etc. It is important to keep small business alive.

I plan to get a Kindle after the holidays, so I can listen to books as I sew at work.

Katkat said...

I am making a quilt for my grandson and several pot holders for dil. I have a Kindle fire!