giveaway #5

Are you guys loving all this free stuff that I get to give away?!?!?  I am, and for a split second each day when I get to pick the winner I feel like I'm Oprah.  Except I don't have a lot of money, live in Chicago with someone named Stedman or have a best friend named Gayle.  Other than those things, I feel just like Oprah!

Hang around because in December we have place mats, baby items, jewelry, baseball tickets, bible study kits, and even gift cards for a tattoo.  See, I have something for everyone!

But today I must tell you that this is a super fun giveaway for me, because my sister-in-law Joanna makes some fabulous stuff and I get to give a purse away to one of you guys!!!

First off let me introduce you to the IVEY family.  This is the IVEY family that lives in TN, because you see there's an IVEY family that lives in Houston (my in-laws) and there's and IVEY family that lives in Austin (that would be us).  This is Aaron's brother, his wife Joanna and their two girls Madisyn and Zuri.

If this isn't just the cutest little family, then I don't know what is:

That picture just makes me want to go on a family trip via train.  So cute!

Okay so back to IVEY EXPRESSIONS, which is my sis-in-laws, sewing company.  Joanna is a stay-at-home mommy to my beautiful nieces, Madisyn & Zuri.  3 years ago her hubby, Tim, and her started photographing weddings and  that business got Joanna's creative brain flowing again and she started dreaming about sewing again.  She started creating purses that were not the norm.  She wanted something functional that would not compromise on quality and would be beautiful as well.  As of now, Joanna has 9 different sizes that you can choose from.

That picture makes me want to sew.  Maybe I should get my sewing machine out that I got for my 30th birthday and have only used once.  I think 2012 is gonna be my year to sew something!!!

Here are the things you need to know that set IVEY EXPRESSIONS apart from the rest of bags:

1.  She uses expensive designer material and her favorite designers are Anna Marie Horner and Amy Butler.

2.  Joanna love fair trade and was an anthropology major and always thought that she would be involved in fair trade, small business as well non-profits.  Joanna says she really wants to inspire Americans to love their job and to use their gifts and talents to make a living. I think if we all bought from local people and fair trade maybe we would see a difference!

3. She loves handmade stuff & her whole family is involved in her business!

4. Joanna loves being able to create a quality products and loves that people want to buy her purses!



Just yesterday my sweet baby girl Story wore her ear warmers that Joanna made for her.

My baby girl also has the backpacks that Joanna sells on her ETSY shop.  These are perfect for that sweet little girl in your life that doesn't need one more barbie under the Christmas tree!

And check out these beautiful crochet hats that she makes.  I wish I looked this good in the winter with a hat on!!!  And her hair …. gracious how do you do that?!?!?  Beautiful!  Those hats are adorable.


Here's a picture of one of her purses.


Okay so you now see how beautiful her handmade stuff is that you are dying to know what you can win from her …. Well Joanna has decided to give away a beautiful purse to one of you and she is ALSO offering 10% off anything in her ETSY shop for Friday only.  If you love to buy local and handmade stuff (which you should!!!) here's your chance to get something and get 10% off!!  {to get 10% off, use the code DREAMINGBIGDREAMS}


Here's the purse she's giving away to one of YOU!

I'm gonna go ahead and say two things about this picture.

#1 – I'm jealous of whoever wins!!!  That purse is beautiful.

#2 – how cute are those frames on that fence!!!



So here's what you need to do to win this purse just in time for Christmas.  Give it away or keep it for yourselves, or just send it to me (just kidding … sorta … no really wear it proud!).


1.  Head over to IVEY EXPRESSIONS on facebook and show her some love.  Like her page and if you are feeling in the mood wish her Merry Christmas.  Tell her I sent you guys!  This is my family – give her some big love!

2.  Visit IVEY EXPRESSIONS etsy shop page and shop.  Use your 10% off and then leave me a comment telling me what you bought.  {to get 10% off, use the code DREAMINGBIGDREAMS}

3. Comment and tell me what you are gonna do with this purse if you win.  Keep it?  Give it away?

4.  Tweet and/or facebook about this contest.  It's easy, just copy and paste this:  {I want to win a purse from IVEY EXPRESSIONS that @jamie_ivey has on her blog:}

This contest ends at noon on Saturday.  There are multiple ways to enter, but remember you only have to do one.  The more you do, the better your chances.  *Unfortunately we can't mail this out of the US*

Remember … someone has to win this – it could be YOU!



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Timestamp: 2011-12-10 20:14:12 UTC


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