Friday, April 1, 2011

Yoga Bag review and GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

I was introduced to Groupon less than a year ago, and as a foodie and fitness lover I've been taking advantage of many deals in the Boston area.

When a deal came up for yoga, I thought I'd give it a shot. A girl-friend of mine was already into the practice at the same studio so I started going with her.


It takes a little getting used to, but I now love it. It has been such an inspiration and stress reliever that I just had to share it with you guys.

So when Carolyn from Shop Earthangie on Etsy sent me a yoga bag to review, I thought the perfect way to introduce you guys to my interest in yoga would be with a GIVEAWAY!

This hand-made yoga bag tote is made with fabric. It has more than one layer to make it sturdy. There is a nice long handle to throw it over your shoulder and a pocket for small items such as car keys. The thing I love the most is that it can be thrown in with your next load of laundry!

Carolyn made this yoga bag when she thought about how easy it could be to make her own. She tried with success and then decided to make more and sell them for less so people could still buy something and have money left over for class!

Most of Carolyn's sewed "creations" do not come from a pattern, yoga bags included. She will start with the most simple layout,  master the pattern and then start to get fancy. Over time,  she found different ways to attach straps. In addition, some bags have buttons, some have drawstrings, some have velcro flaps and some are left open. Some have pockets on the outside and some don't. Anything can be requested of Carolyn, she lets people tell her what they want if they don't see what they need.

Carolyn has been crafty since childhood. She started with art, which can be found here, and crafts popped up here and there throughout her life. Her inspiration comes from an Affinpincher, named Emma, from "Little Paws 4 U", an organization based out of Rhode Island that transports mistreated and abandoned dogs up north to new homes.

Emma
Being a "southern belle" and not fond of rain or wind, going outside for Emma quickly became an obstacle as it was autumn when she was adopted getting COLD! Carolyn's mother had sewn together a one layer, two piece fleece for her chihuahua so Carolyn took the pattern and made one for Emma. Then Carolyn thought - why not make and sell dog coats?

That's where she started on etsy and entered the craft world of selling and going to shows, through dog coats. With her "distracted" brain, Carolyn has veered off and done tons of different things.

When Carolyn walks into a store, she keeps her eyes open to notice pretty things. When she does she thinks, "how can I figure out how to make that?" Then she doe... and hopes you like it too.

And I think you will, as one of you lucky readers will win this Sweetheart Yoga Mat bag!

MANDATORY ENTRY:
Visit Shop Earthangie on etsy and comment with your favorite item! You must leave your email in the comment as well.


Extra Entries:
1 entry to follow my blog as a google friend
1 entry for other giveaways entered on my blog. Leave one comment per giveaway.
5 entries for posting this giveaway on your blog (comment 5 separate times and include link to your blog)


*Entries will be verified. Winner will be notified by email with further instructions. Neither sponsor nor the blogger (me) are responsible for items lost or damaged in the mail.

*Yoga bag was sent to me gratis. Thoughts are opinions in this post are honest and mine. Winner will receive the exact yoga bag I was sent.

Contest ends April 21st at midnight EST

48 comments:

The Disney Chick said...
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The Disney Chick said...

I love the small dog best friend pillow!

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DisneyFan said...

Retro Yoga Bag
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DisneyFan said...

I follow via GFC
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kiddo said...

I love the Tote and Purse Set.

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kiddo said...

I follow your blog.

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eve said...

love the burst of spring yoga mat bag!

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aimee said...

The spring bloom tote!
Thanks for this giveaway!
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aimee said...

I'm a new follower of your blog!
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Jenn said...

I love the cherry blossom plates!

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Jenn said...

I also follow you on GFC! user name Jenn M!

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shana said...

Either the 9 fragrance oils or maybe the alphabet stamps
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shana said...

GFC follower
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Anna said...

I love the Classic Leaves Black Pottery Plate--but it was hard to choose! Crossing my fingers to be a winner!!!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I also love the Artsy Black & White Purse.
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Rachel said...

Retro Love Canvas Tote

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Rachel said...

Follow your blog as google friend.

Homemaker Honey said...

ADORE - Lovely and Elegant Rubber Stamp

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Sara said...

My favorite item is the Spring Butterfly in the Sky Corduroy with Grey Fleece Coat/Jacket (Small)
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MsVeronicas said...

My favorite - cute.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66203329/mini-clutch-tote-free-shipping

MsVeronicas said...

I am a follower via GFC - MsVeronicas

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MsVeronicas said...

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Karen said...

The yoga bags are my favorite. I like the retro one.
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Emily R. said...

The Cell Phone/Jewelry/Glass Piece Roll Up Protector is neat.

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Emily R. said...

I follow your blog

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Brynn Elizabeth Paige said...

I think this stamp is sweet: http://www.etsy.com/listing/57734571/miss-you-rubber-stamp :) brynnelizabethpaige@gmail.com

Katelyn J. S. said...

OMG, the Risque Tea Party set is the best thing I've ever seen!
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xmd5 said...

my favorite item is Cute, Artsy Black and White Purse

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xmd5 said...

followed blog as a google friend (xmd5)

Klemm Family said...

I love the Lovin You is Easy Cause You're Beautiful - Funny Mug - Teacup
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Heather said...

I like the Cute, Artsy Black and White Purse.
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kolpin said...

i like the Espresso Mini Cups - Set of 2
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Undecided said...

I love the 'Small Dog Best Friend Pillow' :) (Email found by clicking 'name' Undecided). Thanks!

Undecided said...

I am a follower! (Email found by clicking 'name' Undecided). Thanks!

ElfRenee said...

I love the doggie diamond necklace! lol So cute!

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ElfRenee said...

I'm following your blog!

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jhitomi said...

I love the Retro Love Canvas tote; what a fun colorful bag!
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jhitomi said...

entered homewet bar giveaway.
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jhitomi said...

entered clutch bag giveaway
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jhitomi said...

following your blog on gfc as jhb
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Jinx said...

Adore the puppy pillow that you customize!
There is a lot of stuff Id love to have from your shop--great pieces!

Ashley
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Jinx said...

1 entry to follow my blog as a google friend----DONE! :)

new follower.
Would love a chance to win this. I am wanting to better myself and loose weight...yoga seems like it would help with a stress reliever as well.

Ashley
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TaylorMade said...

Love the retro love canvas bag!

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TaylorMade said...

Blog follower!

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The Pattern Junkie said...

Love the best friend pillow! patternjunkie1 (at) gmail (dot) com

Rajee said...

Retro Yoga Bag
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