Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dear My Kids Giveaway {Closed}

 While looking around etsy, I found this amazing felt food designer. When making these patterns she has thought of everything! They are adorable.
Here is a little about the artist behind these awesome creations...

1. Tell us a little about yourself
Hello everyone! My name is Karen.
I am a graphic designer who now design and make felt craft patterns for everyone. I live in Toronto with my hubby and two adorable kids. My daughter Jessie is 5, and my son Isaac is 4. They are the huge fan of my creations and I create things for these two little precious. Just like many other work from home mom, I quit my full time job to care for my two kids. I’ve been working as a freelance graphic designer for about 5 years now. I had a mom who used to make me everything from my own dresses to my Barbie doll dresses. I remember how proud I was to have a mom who can make things just for me. I guess I got that from her. I really enjoy when my kids praise me for what I make for them. I hear the words, “Are you done?” from my kids probably 100 times or more until I complete one set. I also love to design and sew clothing for my kids. I am planning to open a second shop for kids wear e-pattern shop. I will introduce you a simple-easy way to make kids fancy looking wardrobes in most inexpensive ways. (All computer drafted patterns in variety sizes) If you like my dear my kids felt craft shop, I’m sure you will love my new second shop.

2. How long have you been doing this?
I started my etsy shop in 2008. Earlier I was selling the completed set, not the patterns. The sets were selling pretty well, but soon I realized that I don’t have time to work on a new set. I also realized that I’m not a kind of person who enjoy to make same things over and over again. I stop selling things for about a year, I came back to etsy and started to sell patterns since November, 2009. Selling patterns worked better for me. Now I have more time to work on a new project and have fun at the same time.

3. Who/What inspires you?
They are the ones who assign me a project to work on next. They know exactly what they want. Sometime it amazes me when they point out the things I could never think of. They live in an imaginary land where adults have no access to it. They are definitely my number one supporters and the reason for these creations.

4. What's your favorite piece?
I really like how the tea party set came out. This also is my daughter’s favorite piece. This set will make a priceless, one of a kind gift when my daughter is invited to a friend’s birthday party. She will be proudly announcing to her friends, “My mom made it !”. My son’s favorite is the farm animal set. We bring the set when we are out to eat. It will surely keep him quite until the food is served. (And yes, people will come to bother you to ask where you got the set from. Tell them you’ve made them, they will have a googly eyes for you)

5. What advice do you have for a beginner?
My advice to a beginner is, DON’T be afraid. Many people convos to tell me that they love the set but they don’t know how to sew. I have developed this symbol system with my instructions. My instructions will tell you not only how to sew, it will even tell you where to apply which sewing method. All my instructions are fully explained with step by step, simple to understand illustrations. All my patterns come in full size scale so you don’t need to scale down or up anything. There is no high level of skills to practice here. Put the pieces together as the instructions tell you, and you will have the set ready for your loved ones. Once you finish one set, your next set will be a piece of cake. Felt craft can be a great way to make a unique gift for someone special. It will definitely make a priceless gift for everyone. I totally recommend to try it even if you've never sewn anything before.


6. Where can we find you?
My etsy shops: (felt patterns) http://www.dearmykids.etsy.com
(kids easy wear) http://www.dmkeasywear.etsy.com
My blog: http://www.dearmykids.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dearmykids
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dearmykids

Karen has generously offered 3 people their choice of pattern from her felt pattern shop!! (Pattern sets & kits are not included)

To enter:

Leave a comment telling Karen what is your favorite item from her Dear My Kids shop.
Must do this first before you can get any additional entries.

Extra Entries (please leave a separate comment for each):
Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you win. Giveaway ends Sat, March 20th. This giveaway is open worldwide.

Don't forget today is the last day to enter the $40GC to Soms Studio Supplies Giveaway.

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153 Sweet Comments:

Maria said...

I just LOVE LOVE these!! Great giveaway. I'm a FB fan.
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Maria said...

And I tweeted
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Atypical Girl said...

My fave item is the ALICE IN WONDERLAND doll set. Everything is so cute. I love your stuff.

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Atypical Girl said...

I'm a fan of this blog on FB!

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Atypical Girl said...

I follow Whimsical Creations via Google Reader.

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Atypical Girl said...

I fanned Dear My Kids on Facebook!!!

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I Sew Lucky said...

I LOVE her shop. Sooo cute! What a fun article about her! I wish her all the success!

LT said...

These are so cute!! I think my favorite pattern is the SWEET HEART MAKE-UP SET!

LT said...

I follow you via google friends!

LT said...

I am an email subscriber

LT said...

Following you both on twitter and tweeted here:
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LT said...

I am a fan of you on Facebook as Lori B

annie2006 said...

ooh i love the cute refridgerator set

Deb said...

I like the tutti fruitti ice cream shop

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Deb said...

I follow through google friends connect

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Deb said...

i receive your feed in my rss reader :)

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Krissy said...

I just can't get over the Wizard of Oz set! It's perfect!

Krissy said...

I follow you!

Krissy said...

I'm a fan on FB!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

The Sweetheart makeup set is my FAVE! Adorable!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

I follow U!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Following you both on Twitter and I RT-d the giveaway info!

morgaine24 said...

I love the happy Easter package it is so cute. would love to make that for my little man vbarton24 at gmail dot com

morgaine24 said...

following via friend connect username morgaine24 vbarton24 at gmail dot com

morgaine24 said...

following as vbarton24 at gmail dot com on my dear kids blog

morgaine24 said...

following and I twittered
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sheila said...

Very sweet, pretty and fun! Best of luck to her

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I love the birthday cake & wizard of oz. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I follow your blog. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I subscribe to your blog by e mail. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Follow you & Dear my kids on Twitter & tweeted. http://twitter.com/dramaqueensmum/status/10493599740

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I follow Dearmykids' blog. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

Donna said...

My favorite item is the SWEET HEART MAKE-UP SET

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Donna said...

I follow your blog.

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Donna said...

I subscribe through e-mail.

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Donna said...

I'm a facebook fan.

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Patricia said...

Wow, it´s so hard to choose!
I think my favourite is the Tutti frutti ice-cream shop play set.

Thanks!!!

Patricia said...

I follow your blog.

Thanks!!!

Patricia said...

I´m blogging

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Thanks!!!

Patricia said...

I follow Dear My Kids blog.

user Patricia

Thanks!!!

Patricia said...

I follow both on twitter (user patacraft) and I´m twitting here:

http://twitter.com/patacraft/status/10499526022

Thanks!

Kiy said...

Oh gosh Melanie, what a find! I love that I don't need to use a sewing machine. I mean, I have one and actually know how to use it. But, it's in a box somewhere in the garage. I think. I hope.

I did look at her listings, but I just couldn't get past that darling tea set. It just calls out to me. So, my fav item: SWEET HEART TEA PARTY SET. :)

Cheers,
Kiy

Kiy said...

I am a google friends follower.

Cheers,
Kiy

Kiy said...

I am a FB fan of yours.

Cheers,
Kiy

Chacoy said...

love the sweet heart tea party set;}
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Chacoy said...

new follower;}
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Chacoy said...

following Dear My Kids blog;}
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Chacoy said...

following @melaniescrafts & @DearMyKids via twitter @Ma21cuteboy and tweeted:
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Chacoy said...

facebook fan of melanies crafts;}
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Chacoy said...

sent facebook fan request to Dear My Kids;}
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Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

I love the SWEET CHRISTMAS CAKE ORNAMENT - PDF Patterns (rollcake, ice-cream cone, finger cake)!

jennifer57 said...

Sweet heart make-up set

mframe said...

I love the YUMMY COOKING STOVE SET.
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blog follower
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mframe said...

email subscriber
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mframe said...

Dear My Kids blog follower
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Jingle said...

I absolutely LOVE the Wizard of Oz DIY Kit!!! So cute!

Jingle said...

I follow your blog!

Jingle said...

I am a fan of yours on FB.

Jennifer said...

I like the HAPPY FARM ANIMAL FRIENDS PLAY SET

Jennifer said...

I follow your blog

Jennifer said...

I subscribe via email

Domestic Diva said...

I like the HAPPY FARM ANIMAL FRIENDS PLAY SET - PDF Patterns (cow, horse, ship, pig, rooster, goose, barn, fence, manger, hay stack).

Jennifer said...

I follow you and DearMyKids on Twitter (@jkgorcery) and I tweeted: https://twitter.com/jkgorcery/status/10538914111

Anonymous said...

I just love the make-up kit and all the girly things! She does great work! I can't wait to try the pattern I just bought!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Kori Clark Designs said...

I just love these! The farm animals is my favorite!
Koriclarkdesign@msn.com

Kori Clark Designs said...

And I follow you on FB

Kori Clark Designs said...

And I follow you on Twitter! Off to tweet about it!

Monae McKelvey said...

I became a fan of Dear My Kids on Facebook!

Monae said...

Melanie, I am already a fan of Whimiscal Creations on FB. I love your stuff!!

Monae said...

Oh my, so hard to choose which of her patterns I like best. So these are my favs, the Happy Farm Animal Friends, Yummy Bake Oven Set and the Sweet Heart Make-up Set. This is a very cute shop!!

Melody said...

I like the Yummy Food Refrigerator Set.

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ezeldabeth said...

the tea party or the birthday cake!

ezeldabeth said...

also a fb fan

Juel said...

I follow your blog

Juel said...

I am a fan of you on Facebook

Juel said...

I became a fan of Dear My Kids on Facebook

Juel said...

I'm now following my Dear My Kids Blog via google

Juel said...

oooo, and can't forget my favorite pattern is the Sweet Heart Tea Party set

Grace Wong said...

I love the SWEET VALENTINE CAKE GIFT BOX - PDF Patterns (gourmet chocolates, cakes, candies, roses, heart)!
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Grace Wong said...

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Grace Wong said...

blogged
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Grace Wong said...

dear my kids blog follower
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Grace Wong said...

followed and tweeted
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Grace Wong said...

fb fan of you
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Grace Wong said...

fb fan of dear my kids
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Lyudmila said...

I like the SWEET BIRTHDAY CAKE PLAY SET

Andrea said...

I love the SWEET VALENTINE CAKE GIFT BOX.
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Candid Whisperer said...

I just love the Sweet Valentine's Cake Gift Box. So sweet!


Love,
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Candid Whisperer said...

I follow Whimsical Creations.


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erin, maker of chimes said...

Love the HAPPY FARM ANIMAL FRIENDS PLAY SET

Janelle said...

My favorite is the farm animal set.

fisiwoman said...

Enter me please. My favorite item is: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=42412768

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Spain

fisiwoman said...

Following via google (fisiwoman)

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Daya, muito prazer... said...

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i'm a follower

Daya, muito prazer... said...

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i really liked this:
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Andrea said...

Wow these are so cute. Right now I'd go for the Easter one. Great idea for little ones who can't eat candy:)

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Andrea said...

I'm following you on google friend

GattaSiamese said...

love this:
THE ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND - PDF Patterns (alice, rabbit, mad hatter, queen of hearts, cheshire cat)

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=42891536

GattaSiamese said...

new follower :)

lin3arossa said...

My fave is the SWEET VALENTINE CAKE GIFT BOX.
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lin3arossa said...

I follow your blog
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lin3arossa said...

I follow the dear my kids blog.
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Megan: said...

The Yummy Cooking Stove Set looks like fun! What cute ideas!

Beauty Vibes said...

I love the DIY Kit - Sweet heart make-up set!

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Beauty Vibes said...

new follower :)

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Rosa-kreattiva said...

i love http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39496149
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Rosa-kreattiva said...

i am follower sorrisodiluna

The Prickly Pinecone said...

I love the sweet valentine cake gift box pattern!

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The Prickly Pinecone said...

I follow your blog.

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The Prickly Pinecone said...

I follow dear my kids blog.

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Rinei said...

I like SWEET COOKIE HOUSE
cookie lover :)
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Rinei said...

I follow using google
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Rinei said...

I Become a fan of Dear My Kids on Facebook.
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Rinei said...

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Rinei said...

I follow DearMyKids (@divaillumi)
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anastasia said...

the make up set is so adorable!

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anastasia said...

i follow dear my kids blog

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anastasia said...

i am Whimsical Creations facebook fan

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Anonymous said...

I love the sweet makeup set...but everything is adorable! Thanks, Amanda
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Melissa said...

My 4 year old would play for hours with the ice cream shop one! It would make a great preschool gift too!
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Melissa said...

I follow with friend connect.

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Elaine said...

I love the Sweet birthday cake!

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Naomi said...

I really love SWEET BIRTHDAY CAKE PLAY SET!

I follow your blog, and I am fan of both of you on FB!

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Courtney :) said...

I love the HAPPY FARM ANIMAL FRIENDS PLAY SET

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trixx said...

My favorite is the food refrigerator play set. The cheese cracks me up!

trixx said...

I follow your blog via Google Friends Connect!

trixx said...

I subscribe via email.

trixx said...

I follow the Dear My Kids Blog.

Danielle said...

The Tuuti Frutti Ice-Cream Shop Play Set is adorable.

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Sissi said...

I like this:
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Sissi said...

I follow your blog.

Sissi said...

I blogged about this contest here:
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Sissi said...

I follow dear my kids blog.

monkeyberry said...

The tea set, hands down. Adorable and both my girls squealed with delight when I showed it to them!

monkeyberry said...

I am also a follower!

Tylerpants said...

I love the Tutti frutti ice-cream shop pattern. How sweet! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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I'm a Dear My Kids follower. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Jennifer said...

I love the Farm Animals Set. So cute! jbarthold329 at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

I subscribe via google reader. jbarthold329 at gmail dot com

Kym said...

These are amazing I had to add to my esty favourites!
I love the HAPPY EASTER PACKAGE - Personalized basket, easter bunny, eggs, easter gift box perfect for this Easter, my daughters first easter hunt!

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Kym said...

Following with GFC as Kym

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Kym said...

Subscribed by RSS and email

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Kym said...

Following Dear My Kids Blog

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Kym said...

Fan of yours on FB (Kym T)

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Kym said...

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natalie said...

The cookie house is really cool.

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