Can you even believe that I have another giveaway for this week?!?!?  This is so fun.  I love giving stuff away and telling you about great organizations and events going on around Austin!  This is so fun!  Last week Cara won a fabulous beret from NoonDay Style and I can't wait to see who wins this fabulous purse.  I wish I could win this, but that would be way NOT FAIR.  I might just have to head on over to the hill tribers website and get myself one!

Read about the Art Reach Festival, the ladies that make the bags, and how you can possibly win this very bag!  Contest Starts Wed morning and ends Sat night at midnight.  Good luck!  Spread the word!

Hill Country Hill Tribers is preparing for their flagship event, the Artreach Fair Trade Art Festival.  To spread the word, they're giving away a bag made by their newest weavers, Daw Gay and Saw Meh.  Hill Country Hill Tribers (HCHT) work with Burmese refugees in Austin by providing supplemental income and marketable skills as the artisans weave and sew products to support their families.

Daw Gay and her mother Saw Meh have only been with HCHT for a couple of months, but they have been working tirelessly to weave bags because they have no other source of income. Saw Meh is 81, but she is fierce and determined to help her daughter and her two grandsons.

You can learn more about their story, including their first few terrifying weeks in Austin, at the HCHT blog. HCHT bags are all handwoven by artisans here in Austin; each line of the cloth is lovingly crafted and it takes two full days to make each bag.  They're a great addition to any outfit. If you don't win the giveaway, you can always buy a bag at the HCHT website,, or come to Artreach and meet the weavers who will be giving weaving demonstrations all day.

Before this great event they want to give you a chance to win a bag!  That bag above is the one you could win!  How fabulous would that be this winter!!!  All you need to do is help them spread the word about this great event!  Here are lots of opportunities for you to get a chance to win and help spread the word! 

Leave a new comment for each one that you do!!!

  1. Head on over to the event on Facebook and let them know you are coming!  Invite some friends while you are there!
  2. Share the link to this giveaway or to the Art Reach page on your personal facebook page.
  3. Go to the HILL COUNTRY TRIBERS facebook page and “like” them.
  4. Tweet about this giveaway …. “Look out @jamie_ivey is giving away a bag from @hilltribers Go to to enter to win!”
  5. Follow Hill Country Tribers on twitter!

Did I really just give you FIVE different ways to win this cool bag?  Those are good odds if you ask me.  Now go and tell your friends!

HCHT would love for you to support Daw Gay, Saw Meh, and their other artisans as well as some amazing vendors doing great work. Some of the vendors, including Noonday, Dominican Joe, Makarios and Ethical City, are here in Austin supporting people around the world. There will also be kids' activities for school age children.

***** CONGRATULATIONS to April Salvant who is our winner!!!!

Here are your random numbers:


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