Friday, October 22, 2010

Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo Review and Giveaway EXTENDED!



Sorry for the delay in getting the last review of the Apartment Event in, folks, I've been busy.  But worry not because I have saved the best for last!

Sometimes I come across an Etsy company that really stands out from the rest for one reason or another.  In this case, Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo stands out not just because of the products they sell, but the people who run them.  These two wonderful Etsy shops are a family operation run by a son, daughter, and mother.  The mother, Arlene, is 83 years young and loves to sew!  So her son, Thomas, searches estate sales and church yard sales to find the perfect fabrics for his Arlene's creations at a discount price.  He also helps by cutting fabric, shipping, and maintaining the Etsy shop.  Sewing help keeps Arlene's mind sharp and helps make a few extra bucks here and there!  Finally, Linda contributes to the operation by making some wonderful creations of their own.

One of my favorite items available at Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo are the Plastic Bag Holder Socks.  While I mostly use reusable shopping bags the occasional plastic bag does appear in my house from time to time (usually when someone brings something over).  I like to save these bags and reuse them as either garbage can liners or to put used rat cage bedding when I'm cleaning out the cages.  These socks give your apartment or even permanent living space a beautiful and clever way to store these bags!  Mine hangs from a hook on the wall that leads into my kitchen and it's bright pattern really does help liven up my dark, drab kitchen.  I've only had 5-6 bags in there at a time but it looks to me like these socks could hold 20+ bags easily. 

If you're a lover of reusable bags you will love Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo's Commuter, Book, or Lunch Bags.  They are smaller than reusable shopping bags and great for... well... books and your lunch!  But since I work from home and don't need to tote around books or lunch I've been using my Bag when I go shopping at Joann Fabrics and just pick up a few small things like thread.  It's easier to not lose things when they are in a smaller bag than if I put those few small items in a larger reusable bag.  So if you're making a shoping trip for just a few small items, this bag is perfect!  I hang my reusable bags on hooks near my front door so I appreciate Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo's colorful and fun fabrics as they help liven up the room as well!  If you prefer larger bags, you're in luck!  Those are available, too.  :)

Do you work in a cold office or, like me, work from home on the computer a lot?  You know how in the winter months it can get kind of chilly but you feel just fine putting on a sweater except your hands get cold?  It's tempting to turn the heater on solely to keep my hands warm, but that's extremely wasteful.  Especially when it's not *quite* cold enough to justify it.  Check out the Fingerless Wrist Gloves to help keep your hands warm without having to waste energy by turning on your heater!  In Phoenix, I've been told, it does get a bit chilly during the winter so I imagine these will soon come in handy for me!  But if you like in the northern part of the US you're already getting hit by the cold (and snow in Canada, even!) so you are probably already encountering this dilema!  Check out thsoe Fingerless Wrist Gloves.  The cute designs are sure to be a conversation starter and the price ($6) won't break your bank!

Pack your own lunch for work or school?  This is a great way to save some money and also control what you eat.  But plastic sandwich and snack bags can be wasteful.  If you already use reusable shopping bags, why not make the next step and start using Reusable Sandwich N Snack Bags!  They're not just for kids and Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo has some more "adult" fabrics that make these bags perfect for the working professional!   And if you're shopping for kids, there are also some cute kid-friendly fabrics, too! 

Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo literally offers so many products there wasn't enough space on one Etsy shop that they had to open two!  I haven't even grazed the surface of the wide variety of products offered by this unique Etsy shop, so head on over now and check it out for yourself!

What I Love: The wide variety of products make these one-stop-shops for eco-friendly goods.  You can stock up on Reusable Shopping Bags, Sandwich Bags, Wine Gift Bags, and Hang Towels all in one place at Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo!  The prices are also fabulous and very frugal-friendly.  And of course, this is an Etsy shop and the creator of these fabulous products is an elderly woman who is trying to keep herself busy and earn some money doing something that she loves.  And if that isn't something you can stand behind, I don't know what is!

What I  Don't Love: Once again I'm happy to report that is absolutely nothing I don't absolutely love about this shop!


BUY IT!

Since they offer so much there are two shops: Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo.  Both offer a wide variety of products for a frugal-friendly price.  The Plastic Bag  Holder Socks are available in dozens of fabrics to match any kitchen decor and sell for only $2.55-2.95!  You really can't beat that price.

The fabulous Commuter, Book, or Lunch Bags sell for only $2.95 as well!  The Reusable Sandwich N Snack bags, also available in many fabrics, are $2.70-3.00.

Shipping is also wonderfully affordable so you won't add to your bill too much when paying for shipping.


WIN IT!

I am happy to report that Originally Yours and OYCreationsToo is offering one lucky reader a product gift pack containing a Plastic Bag Holder Sock, Commuter, Book, or Lunch Bag, and a pair of Fingerless Wrist Gloves in your choice of fabrics!

Mandatory Entry: You must do this for all other entries to count and to be entered in this giveaway! Head on over to the OYCreationsToo Etsy Shop and tell me one product you love and what your favorite fabric is in that product! You must also be a public Google Friend Connect Follower of my blog (widget to the right).

Don't forget to leave an e-mail address so I know where to contact you if you win! You only need to post your e-mail on one entry.

Extra Entries: Please write a new comment for each additional entry. If something is worth 2 entries, be sure to leave two comments. For example: "I follow you #1" and "I follow you #2" should be two different comments.

-Heart (Add To Favorites) OYCreationsToo on Etsy

-Heart (Add To Favorites) Originally Yours on Etsy

-Go to the Origianlly Yours Etsy Shop and tell me your favorite product and fabric available in that shop

-Make an Originally Yours or OYCreationsToo purchase during the course of this giveaway. I will confirm the purchase if you win. (worth 10 entries!)

-Network with me. There are four ways to do this- Twitter, Facebook, RSS, and email subscriptions. Buttons are on the left sidebar. (worth 1 entry per method)

-Tweet about this giveaway. You can use this Tweet or write you own: Win a gift pack from Originally Yours/OYCreationsToo Etsy shops @EFandFrugal! Ends 11/05 http://bit.ly/dh0gFf #giveaway #green #etsy (2 Tweets per DAY-at least 2 hours apart- 1 Entry per Tweet)

-Add my button to your blog's sidebar and link me to your blog (worth 3 entries)

-Vote for me on Top Mommy Bloggers. Voting button is on the left sidebar (worth 2 entries)

-Link me to another Etsy shop that you love or suggest a company you'd like to hear about during the Holiday Event this year!

-Enter another active giveaway (links in the right sidebar, worth 1 entry per giveaway entered)

-Follow at least one blog who's button I have on my left side bar (worth 1 entry per blog followed!)


This giveaway is open to my readers who are 18 year of age or older with a US mailing address and will end on November 11th, 2010 (EXTENDED!) at 10PM Pacific Time. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Good luck, everyone!


Fine print...
OYCreationsToo provided me with a free product at my request for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid to write this review.

68 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like the Cotton Fabric Grocery Tote Bag, Pretty State Birds Print.

Terri
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strawberry said...

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I Tweeted about the giveaway. Here is the link. http://twitter.com/#!/strawberry_39

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Terry said...

I too like the grocery tote. I use totes always.

I am having a GIVEAWAY of Water You Want. It takes chlorine out of your drinking water. Now you now longer have to buy bottled water to get rid of the chlorine.

Terry said...

I am following your blog.

Terry said...

I follow you on twitter. CandidaJourney

Terry said...

I tweeted the giveaway. CandidaJourney

Lindsey said...

I like the Plastic Bag Holder sock with Pink & Red Circles.
I follow your blog via GFC.
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sweetpea18 said...

i like the Reusable Sandwich Bag, Bright Green N Orange Check Design, Fused Plastic Lined
gfc-heatheranya
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sweetpea18 said...

i follow you on twitter @1589m
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sweetpea18 said...

i entered the moby wrap giveaway
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i entered the Johnson Family Zoo Produce Bags giveaway
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sweetpea18 said...

from originally yours, i like the Hanging Kitchen Terry Button Hand Single Towel, Small Hearts on Blue Fabric Top
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ape2016 said...

I follow via GFC
I love this bag in the Monkey Playmates fabric.
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ape2016 said...

i hearted OYCreationsToo
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ape2016 said...

I hearted Originally Yours
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ape2016 said...

I visited Originally Yours and I love these button hang towels with fruity fabric
http://www.etsy.com/listing/58811794/hanging-kitchen-terry-button-towels

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voted on TMB 1

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voted on TMB 2

ape2016 said...

It is so hard to choose a fav Etsy shop, but I love the art at this one-
http://www.etsy.com/people/hilariagalleries

Terry said...

entered cool and heated pad giveaway

jacqgrif said...

I think the Reusable Sandwich Bag, Happy Faces Design, Fused Plastic Lined is very cute.
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Thank You!

Brittany said...

I love the lunch bag in dinosaur print!!

Brittany said...

I'm a subcriber via RSS Feed!

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Erin Lenore said...

i like the reusable sandwich bag.
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Erin Lenore said...

hearted OYCreationsToo on Etsy

Erin Lenore said...

hearted originally yours on etsy.

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voted for you on top mommy bloggers 1

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voted for you on top mommy bloggers 2

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entered the heat and cool pad giveaway

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won said...

Hi!

I love the World Peace Print on the Reusable Snack bag. It's very cool.

Thank you for the contest.

susan said...

I love the grocery tote. suelee1998 @ gmail.com

susan said...

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HomemadeBaby said...

I follow your blog with Google Friend Connect.
I like the jungle playmates snack bag!
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Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

Julie said...

follow your blog as jelaws5
http://www.etsy.com/listing/56153112/reusable-sandwich-bag-rose-garden-print
thanks for the giveaway
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hearted OYcreations as 321Gem
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like u on fb-Julie S Laws
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hearted Originally yours as 321Gem
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Julie said...

Xmas Hanging Kitchen Terry Tie Towels, Snowmen Print Fabric Top from Originally yours-I love snowmen
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Julie said...

# 1 voted for u
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Julie said...

# 2 voted for u
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Gianna said...

Commuter Book Lunch or Gift Bag, Peanuts Gang Travels Print

Mickey said...

I'm a follower on GFC (Mickey Coutts) and like the Gift Bag, Dinosaurs Print.

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Mickey said...

Heart (Add To Favorites) OYCreationsToo on Etsy (tanglewood)

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Mickey said...

Went to Origianlly Yours Etsy Shop. My favorite item is Child Dining Bib, Eightres Dominos on Blue Print, Reversible

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tattgiff said...

gfc
i like the reusable sandwhich bag in coffe cups on tan
very cute
(your lunch would just taste better in such a cute sack, huh?)
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