Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Shoestring Home + a spring GIVEAWAY

Just because I'm not shopping doesn't mean I can't browse, right?

When I saw Shoestring Home, I was thrilled. Mandi, the owner, has a great eye, and her choices for the shop are so well edited. It's hard to browse the site without clicking on almost everything.

Here are just a few of my favorite things from Shoestring Home...

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{all images from Shoestring Home}

1. Angelina Cake Stands - translucent, mouth blown milk glass stands in three sizes. You're not surprised these made it on my list, right? If I weren't still on my shopping hiatus, these would probably be sitting in my house right now.

2. Herb Potting Kit - everything you need for an adorable herb garden, including seeds, soil, and these perfect pots made from reclaimed cement bag overruns. I love re-purposing, especially when it looks this good (and trust me - $40 for a ready made herb garden is a serious steal) .

3. Lucia Soaps - not only is the packing beautiful, but they come in scents like watercress and chai tea. I love the sharp scent of watercress and the spices of chai, and I'm very, very tempted by this one. Of course, tea leaf and wild honey is probably equally delicious.

4. Porcelain Flower Candle Holders & Vase - a sweet little trio of delicately shaped flowers, ready for candles and a spring bud. These would work equally well for fancy table settings and everyday dinners.

And the best news ... Mandi is generously offering a giveaway, so one of you lucky readers is going to get these fabulous cube vases.

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{image from Shoestring Home}

Aren't they genius? The simple glass cubes contain glass tubes just the right size for a single blossom. You get a set of three, perfect for displaying the first spring flowers.

To enter, just visit the Shoestring Home shop and then leave a comment on this post (make sure you include your email address, if it isn't already linked to your profile). You have until Thursday evening to enter, and I'll announce the winner on Friday.

You only have a couple days, so don't be shy, people! I love it when readers pop out of nowhere to leave a quick comment.

72 comments:

  1. What a lovely shop. Thanks for sharing, R! I'm excited to do a bit more browsing.

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  2. oh my! i'm in love with every little thing. really lovely shop.

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  3. milk glass AND cake stands? those were made for you!

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  4. They are very nice cake stands. I admire your willpower!

    And of course those little cubes are precious.

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  5. Pretty things! I really like the candle holders and square vase.

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  6. Oooh! I want those cubes! Adorable.

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  7. That shop has so manu cute things! Loving it! Especially the aprons.

    Have discovered your blog just recently and I'm already seriously hooked. It's great and so identifiable. I LOVE cooking, decorating, photography (I love my Nikon D40), reading and writing and I also still BUY CDs! Which I love. And now I'm contemplating starting my own blog...

    So. Who knows.

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  8. Great vases for my zinnias! Love 'em, want 'em, might have to buy 'em!

    kvk@usfamily.net

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  9. now that's a great shop link! Pretty things that are also practical and fun and sophisticated without being overly cutesy. Thanks! Always looking for good gift shopping online.

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  10. Oh so lovely. I want everything but it doesn't look like they ship internationally. What a shame. The staging is beautiful though.

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  11. dearest shoestring home,
    you had me at cute lil' aprons.
    love,
    ali

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  12. i absolutely love those cake stands. i am constantly envying your amazing collection, and perhaps these will give me a head start. i'll have to wait for my birthday. your no shopping commitment has inspired to do the same. IT IS SOO HARD!

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  13. I've been thinking about an herb garden, and I am in LOVE with that potting kit.

    Yay!

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  14. I am in love with those cake stands! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  15. Love the simplicity of one-bud vases! :) Thank you!

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  16. How delightful! Once I visited the site, it instantly reminded me of your aesthetic, from the cake stands to the lovely aprons. What a wonderful find -- and such a sweet giveaway!

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  17. so many lovely things all in one place! these cubes are adorable!

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  18. My goodness, you're right. I just want to click on everything. Really beautiful things. I love those cake stands too!

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  19. Love your picks (the cake stands, espesh!) and the cube vases. I'll be checking out Shoestring Home, that's for sure.

    Thank you for commiserating with me yesterday. You won't believe it, but the alarm clock went off today, too ... for a few hours.

    Egads!

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  20. I love the silver butterfly mobile and other lovelies too. Also love your blog every day. Many thanks for writing.

    catelloyd@att.net

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  21. Oh, they're just lovely. Fantastic give away! This blog is a recent (but awesome) discovery.

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  22. oh how pretty! i love having single stems in a vase, so simple and beautiful

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  23. such a beautiful shop! i love the idea of bud vases and the focus on the simplicity of just one flower. lovely!

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  24. Thank you for sharing this site, I would love to have one of everything :)

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  25. this is such a great shop! thanks for spreading the word!

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  26. So great! I have been searching for just the right apron, and her prints are adorable!

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  27. what a cute shop!! I love the stuffed animals, especially the robin

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  28. and my e-mail is bhamgirl717 at aol dot com

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  29. what a great shop. I love the aprons.

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  30. they have so many sweet things! and the little vases are the cutest :)

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  31. I am totally in love with those cabbage candle holders! I've never heard of this shop before, thanks for the linkage!

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  32. i LOVE those little vases!!
    thank you~

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  33. My favorite section is the housewares, I love how she has basically taken a vintage shopping trip and posted it online. Those baskets are amazing!

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  34. Gorgeous site. I just love the vases and the Alcove Hanging Frames set. I need to find a clean wall and curate a beautiful set of memories for those - stat!

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  35. I love both the Cairo and Marseilles beverage dispensers. And the cake stands are wonderful, of course. I may have to buy myself a present and use it for my wedding, haha.

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  36. Thanks Rachel. Enjoy your day. xoxo

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  37. Oh goodness. I was smitten at the aprons! Everything is so feminine and lovely without being too girly. I want everything in the home care section!

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  38. I love this site . . . the baskets are totally my favorite, plus I love snowflakes and they have some candle holders on clearence!! Amazing!

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  39. I absolutely LOVE the porcelain flower candle holders. They remind me of lotus blossoms.

    Might as well try for the cube vase too. :]

    feedchristine@gmail.com

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  40. Pretty things...thanks for sharing

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  41. all that loveliness inspires me as i refresh my rooms here at home, to welcome the newness that is Spring.

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  42. how absolutely fabulous- would LOVE to display some pretty blossoms in the cube vases :) alevitus@gmail.com

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  43. Wow! Thanks for sharing such a great site!

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  44. love this stuff! Such great gift ideas.

    caitlyn.crane@gmail.com

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  45. I love everything there! The Herb garden really made me long for my own spring garden, and i love LOVE the cake stand. Did I mention, Love?!

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  46. I love those porcelain flower candle holders, just beautiful!

    And who doesn't need wonderful bud vases for spring flower cheerfulness.
    blue12rain@gmail.com

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  47. I loved everything on their website, but I have to agree with you....the Cube Tube Vases and
    Angelina Cake Stands are my favorites!

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  48. I love those cube vases! They'd be perfect for me, because I can't arrange a bouquet of flowers to save my life. Bud vases are genius, indeed!

    -Lindsay- lryard[at]gmail[dot]com

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  49. i love the bags!!! and your wonderful picks - esp. the herb garden - yay for spring!

    mimi_thi@yahoo.com

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  50. Just found your blog this weekend...lovely and inspiring.
    tammy

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  51. What fun! Beautiful, beautiful things.

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  52. These are adorable and would look lovely in my apartment! Thanks so much Shoestring!

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  53. I just stumbled upon your Blog by accident and i must say.....If i had a shop this is what i would want it to look like. Its really nice! it's just like someone has opened my mind and made objects out of all the colours, materials and styles i love....thankyou for sharing the link with us all.
    Gem
    x

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  54. on a whim and a shoestring.
    what more can a girl want!

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  55. My cake stand addiction is a new one, but one that might need to be fed. :)

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  56. Pick me, I need cute things like this for my ne apartment. It is only fair.

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  57. Ooo count me in! Too cute. I love everything in her beautiful shop!

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  58. I love love love love those candle holders! I think I'll order some for my mom. :)

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  59. Oh my, what a lovely shop-so many beautiful things! a fabulous idea for a giveaway :) Definitely count me in Rachel!

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  60. that shop is ridiculously cute, love it!

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