Giveaways and Reviews

Gigantic Wedding Themed Giveaway with Crooked Brook, Corky Friendz, and The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

Portland, OR — Wedding season is here and being recently engaged, I’ve been staring blankly at the seemingly endless list of tasks I need to get done before the big day. Also, as many of you likely know, Oregon lifted it’s ban on gay marriage this week and it is now legal for same-sex couples to tie the knot in this beautiful state! Now they can legally clamp on their ball-and-chain like the rest of us! haha

Whether or not you’re pro gay-marriage, I think we can all admit weddings are both exciting and stressful. I have found that the hardest part to planning a wedding is knowing where the hell to start. We’ve [kind of] started our guest list, researched venues, and have been utilizing Pinterest for decor, favor ideas, cakes, and dresses. If you don’t know where to start either, start here! Lucky for you, I’m teaming up with three other companies in the hopes that we can assist other couples in getting started on their wedding day planning.

I’m teaming up with my friend Shannon Stoner (who is also getting married soon), as well as my peeps at Crooked Brook and The Mohawk Valley Trading Company for this special Wedding Themed Giveaway. This package would be an amazing gift for a newly engaged couple looking for ideas for wedding favors and wedding decor. If you are soon to be married or know someone who is, READ ON! 😀

This epic giveaway package includes:

Crooked Brook DTG Printed T-Shirts &
Personalized Embroidered Fleece Blanket

Crooked Brook Wedding Giveaway Photos

I don’t know about all the other couples out there, but I love cuddling under a soft fleece blanket. Crooked Brook’s fleece throws are the perfect size and thickness, plus their ability to personalize them with high quality embroidery makes them an excellent gift for either the bride and groom, or maybe a favor for each of your guests. Snuggling under the fleece blanket wearing “Bride” and “Groom” t-shirts, now that’s perfect.

-One, in any stock color, 50” x 60”, 100% polyester Personalized Wedding Fleece Blanket (winner can pick one of the two stock designs shown)…$23.00

-Two, pink or white, Gildan, G200 6.1 oz. Ultra Cotton® T-Shirts made in 100% preshrunk cotton, with the words “Bride” or “Groom” printed on the center front chest… $34.00

About Crooked Brook Fleece Blankets and Fleece Throws:

Fleece blankets (also called fleece throws) are made from Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or other synthetic fibers and can also be made out of recycled PET bottles or recycled fleece. They are lightweight, warm, soft, and hydrophobic; holding less than 1% of their weight in water which allows them to retain much of their insulating powers even when wet.

Fleece blankets are machine washable, dry quickly, are very breathable and will not lose their thickness when compressed; it does not matter if you crush, pull, twist or wad up the blanket it will come back to its original shape and thickness.

About Crooked Brook DTG Printing and Personalized T-Shirts:

Although the most popular method of printing t-shirts is screen printing, Crooked Brook t-shirts are printed using Direct To Garment Printing (DTG) which is the process of using inkjet printers to print an image directly onto t-shirts without the use of screens that are needed for screen printing, which requires a lot of setup e.g., creating screens for each color.

In addition, DTG printing uses eco-friendly, water soluble ink, unlike some screen printing methods that layer Plastisol (a suspension of PVC particles in a plasticizer) on top of the t-shirt. The only requirement for DTG printing is for the image to be high resolution, resulting in photograph quality printing with no setup fee or minimums for custom t-shirts.

Corky Friendz Custom Wedding Favors, &
Cake Toppers

These corky creations are unique, and to quote the kids these days, “totes adorbs” (or is that like so 5 minutes ago?) At any rate! I absolutely love the cork wine glass charms and to think I didn’t even know there was such a thing! The charms would make a great memento for your guests to take home and use on their wine glasses. Genius!

Corky Friendz Personalized Charms, Cake Toppers, and Cork Magnet

-One Pair of *Live* and *Love* Wood Burned Wine Glass charms…$10.95

-A Set of Champagne Cork Wedding Toppers…$35.95

-One Personalized Cork Magnet (Wood burned with your wedding date and last name)…$5.65

Mohawk Valley Trading Company Delicious Raw Honey, and 100% Pure Beeswax Taper Candles

The taper candles would be excellent as either wedding favors or part of your table decor plus their sweet scent is PERFECT for such an event. The honey would make excellent favors as well and is sure to make your guests happy! YUM!

Mohawk Valley Trading Company Beeswax Candles, and Raw Honey

-Two, 100% Pure Beeswax Taper Candles…$10.00

-One,1 lb Glass Jar of Raw Honey…$10.00

About Mohawk Valley Trading Company 100% Pure Beeswax Candles:

Mohawk Valley Trading Company 100% pure beeswax candles are hand poured, hand dipped and made with 100% cotton wicks and 100% pure, all natural, unbleached, yellow beeswax produced by our bees in the USA. In addition to the taper candles, they also make Pillar Candles, Votive Candles, Birthday Candles, Menorah Candles and Tea Light Candles as well as some unique decorative candles.

Beeswax is one of the oldest sources of artificial light and today is still the most natural candle material. The lovely fresh scent, a long burn time and the natural origins of beeswax make it the preferred candle for many types of people from the Catholic Church to environmentalists.

About Mohawk Valley Trading Company Raw Honey:

Raw honey from the Mohawk Valley Trading Company has not been heated, filtered, blended or processed. All of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and aromatics are in the same condition as they were in the hive.

If you are planning to buy honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called commercial, liquid or regular honey.

The Kerrminator’s Personalized Felted Soap Wedding Favors, & Hand Drawn Custom B&W Portrait of the Couple

My custom Alpaca Wool Felted Organic Soaps can be personalized with initials, hearts or other cute designs to be given out as favors for your guests. They are the perfect size, and gives your guests something unique and useful to take home with them.

In addition, turning one of your engagement photos into a drawing would make a unique and creative display for your guest book to welcome your family and friends.

The Kerrminator Custom Hand Drawn Portrait and Felted Soap

-Three Wedding Favor 2oz. Felted Bar Soaps (Patchouli, Honey & Oatmeal, and Soothing Herb Blend) and needle felted with hearts…$36.75

-A Custom 5”x7” B&W Portrait of the lovely couple…$75.00

About The Kerrminator’s Felted Soap:

Felted soap is bar soap that has been wrapped in wool roving, most often sheep wool or alpaca wool, and wet felted. Sometimes the felted bar soap is decorated with contrasting colors by wrapping wool yarn or strands of wool fiber over top of the base color, or by needle felting.

About The Kerrminator’s Custom Portraits:

Many of my illustrated portraits are drawn from photos; I do not use computer programs to manipulate images and fancy printers to create the illusion of a hand painted or drawn portrait. I offer portraiture in a wide variety of media including charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, oil pastel, soft pastel, colored charcoal, oil paint and acrylic paint as well as mixed media. The winner will provide me with the reference photo they would like me to use and I’ll recreate it in a style and medium I see fit.

This entire Wedding Package is worth over $250!!!
Ends midnight on June 9th!

Wedding Giveaway

Now here’s your chance to make this fantastic prize yours! Anyone can enter (just check the terms and conditions below the entry widget). There are multiple entry possibilities and the more you share, the more chances you get, so share the love!

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Terms and Conditions:

-Winners must reside in one of the 48 contiguous states
-Must be 18 years or older to enter
-No PO Boxes for Shipping. If address is undeliverable or prize is unclaimed and sent back, winner is responsible for re-shipping charges.
-Prizes will be shipped separately from each company within 30 days of giveaway end
-All entries will be verified
-Winner has 48 hours to reply to email notification or another winner will be selected

Can’t wait to see if you won? The Mohawk Valley Trading Company, Corky Friendz, Crooked Brook, and myself are all offering the following discounts now through June 9th!

Receive a 15% discount on all Mohawk Valley Trading Company 100% Pure Beeswax Candles, Maple Syrup and Honey  from 5/21/14 through 06/09/14 with the Coupon Code “The Kerrminator’s Wedding Extravaganza Giveaway”.

Receive a 15% discount on everything in the Corky Friendz Etsy Store from 5/21/14 through 6/09/14 with the Coupon Code “JuneWeddGiveaway”.

Receive a 15% discount on all Crooked Brook custom shirts (embroidered or printed), custom polo shirts (embroidered or printed), custom sweatshirts (embroidered or printed) or custom hoodies (embroidered or printed) custom fleece blankets (embroidered) and custom embroidery from 05/21/14 through 06/09/14 with the Coupon Code”The Kerrminator’s Wedding Extravaganza Giveaway”.

Receive a 15% discount on all of The Kerrminator’s wedding favor felted soaps (custom orders via email AND in my etsy store), custom wedding portraits and engagement portraits (painted, or drawn), as well as 10% off custom picture framing and matting for your portrait from 05/21/14 through 06/09/14. Simply shoot me an email with “JuneWeddGiveaway” in the subject line and tell me what you need! *Note* Coupon code JuneWeddGiveaway also applies to felted soaps, custom portraits, mats, and frames in my Etsy store.

Selling Artwork at Eclectic NW: Northwest Artisan Consignment Store in Salem, Oregon

365 Ferry Street, Salem, Oregon 97301 The soon-to-be home of Eclectic NW - A boutique, fine art gallery, and cafe filled with products made in Oregon and SW Washington. Photo - Jennifer Cerf Feb. 25, 2014
365 Ferry Street, Salem, Oregon 97301
The soon-to-be home of Eclectic NW – A boutique, fine art gallery, and cafe filled with products made in Oregon and SW Washington.
Photo by Jennifer Cerf
Feb. 25, 2014

Some exciting news to report! Starting in June I will be selling artwork, wood frames, airplant stands, and note cards in a new consignment store opening in Salem, OR. The store sells high quality products made by artists and craftsmen living in the northwest and the store’s Founder, Jennifer Cerf, is working hard to secure 200 vendors for the grand opening on June 1st! Yes, 200!!! Needless to say there is quite a bit of variety.

Just to elaborate on what “variety” means, there will be artwork, photography, apparel, furniture, organic and natural skin care products, soap, jewelry, home decor, felt creations, sculptures, food, and cat toys just to name a few. In summary, it’s eclectic. 🙂

All the vendors are excited and we’re trying to spread that excitement to everyone we know by inviting you to Like EclecticNW on facebook, follow @eclecticnw on twitter, and follow Eclectic NW on pinterest. In addition to the grand opening on June 1st, EclecticNW is also hosting a pre-grand opening event on May 30th. Tickets for the event are available here. There will be door prizes, a raffle, demos, and giveaways. The purchase of an event ticket includes 1 raffle ticket, a sampling of coffee, organic teas, and edibles as well as a 10% off coupon for one DIY classes. VIP Tickets will include the same items, plus a swag bag with product samples, coupons, and gift certificates.

Jennifer is still signing up vendors, and although I’m not sure exactly where she’s at with that, I know that she will be looking to expand and add more vendors in the future, with the goal of opening a second store in Portland. With that being said, if you are a Northwest artist, or craftsperson, I encourage you to get in touch with her at jennifer@colormenaturals.com or join the EclecticNW Vendors facebook page to learn more about becoming a part of the shop.

Custom Felted Soap Mother’s Day Giveaway

the-kerrminator-custom-felted-peppermint-soapMother’s day is right around the corner and what better gift to give your mom, than a subtle hint to wash herself! Or pamper herself, whichever you prefer. Or maybe you are a mom and want this for yourself. At any rate, in this giveaway you have the opportunity to try two of my new felted soaps, not yet available to purchase online.

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The first is the Spicy Cinnamon and Aloe scented 2 ounce felted face bar. This soap is felted with black and warm brown naturally colored alpaca wool and has a strong cinnamon scent that is great as a nightly face wash or even as a daily hand soap. It contains saponified palm, coconut and olive oil, essential oils, cinnamon powder, and alpaca wool.

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The other bar is the Calming Peppermint scented 3.75 ounce felted body bar. This bar is felted with naturally colored gray alpaca wool, has a very distinct, powerful scent and is rather refreshing. It contains saponified palm, coconut and olive oils, essential oils, dried peppermint, and alpaca wool. The winner will have the choice to have a script letter in white alpaca wool put on one side of the peppermint bar.

About Felted Soap

Felted soap is bar soap that has been wrapped in wool roving, most often sheep wool or alpaca wool, and wet felted. Sometimes the felted bar soap is decorated with contrasting colors by wrapping wool yarn or strands of wool fiber over top of the base color, or by needle felting.

I utilize “wool seconds” and scrap soap bars for my felted soap. I hate waste so being able to utilize scrap soap bars, as well as wool scraps is satisfying, knowing the otherwise “imperfect” or “reject” goods can be turned into something function and beautiful.

Thanks to the wonderful palette of natural colors available from Alpacas, there really is no need for dying the wool. All of the alpaca fleece I use for my felted soaps are natural, un-dyed fibers straight off the animal. There is no need to worry about dyes running or bleeding when you get the bars wet, and no need to worry about dyes causing skin irritation.

See terms and conditions below. ENTER NOW! Contest Ends 4/27/14

Good Luck!

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Terms and conditions:

You must be 18 years or older to enter.

The Kerrminator will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end. (Since we’re so close to Mother’s Day I will do my best to get it to the winner before then – just reply with haste!)

Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

Winner must respond within 48 hours (of confirmation e-mail being sent) with valid shipping address and the letter of choice for customization, or another winner may be selected.

Band T-Shirt Giveaway

I was recently commissioned to do a sketch of Teddy MacSpade, a past and founding member of The Toasters; one of the longest active third wave ska bands. MacSpade still plays occasionally, using the ’68 Goldtop Les Paul and the ’71 Sunburst Strat he did back in the day.

When I was done with the sketch, I wanted to send them a little something extra as a thank-you so, I scanned and emailed it to my friends at Crooked Brook to have a couple t-shirts printed.

They loved it and since t-shirts are very popular with bands, I decided to offer a giveaway to bands, musicians or recording artists to have a sketch of themselves printed on t-shirts. All the winner has to do is:

Send me a photo. . .

Teddy MacSpade

I’ll create a sketch. If you’d like I can add your band name and/or text.

Teddy MacSpade Sketch

I’ll email a copy off to Crooked Brook (the t-shirt printer I’m partnering with to sponsor this) and. . .

BOOM! DTG, Bitches!

Teddy MacSpade t-shirt

The winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter and they will receive:

• A digital copy of the sketch that the band or musician can use in whatever ways they see fit (all I ask is, as a courtesy, I am mentioned as the artist).

• Two (or one for each band member in the photo), white, unisex, Gildan, G200 6.1 oz. Ultra Cotton® T-Shirts made in 100% preshrunk cotton (in a size of the winner’s choosing) with the sketch of the winner’s band printed on the front or back.

Although the most popular method of printing t-shirts is screen printing, Crooked Brook t-shirts are printed using Direct To Garment Printing (DTG) which is the process of using inkjet printers to print an image directly onto t-shirts without the use of screens that are needed for screen printing, which requires a lot of setup e.g., creating screens for each color. In addition, DTG printing uses eco-friendly, water soluble ink, unlike some screen printing methods that layer Plastisol (a suspension of PVC particles in a plasticizer) on top of the t-shirt. The only requirement for DTG printing is for the image to be high resolution, resulting in photograph quality printing with no setup fee or minimums for custom t-shirts.

Terms and Conditions:

You must be 18 years or older to enter.

You must be a recording artist, musician, or part of a band in order to win (ie. this is not for a fan/groupie to have their favorite group drawn and put on a t-shirt).

The winner has 48 hours to reply with a high resolution photograph or a new winner will be chosen.

Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

Sara Kerr will email a digital copy of the sketch to the winner within 30 days of contest end and reserves the right to use it as a sample of her work for her portfolio (online and print).

Crooked Brook will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of receiving the digital sketch from Sara Kerr.

Click Here to Enter the Band Sketch T-Shirt Giveaway!

*Please note that you will be directed to the Rafflecopter site*

Natural Handmade Soap Giveaway Winner

Castile Soap From The Mohawk Valley Trading CompanyCongratulations to, Angel V Burcé, the winner of my Natural Handmade Soap Giveaway! You have been notified via email and have 72 hours to reply. Thank you for participating, congratulations, and most of all, enjoy the soap!

‘Thank-you’ to all who entered! This soap really is amazing and I highly recommend you check out the Mohawk Valley Trading Company.

Mohawk Valley Trading Company natural soaps are made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic or artificial fragrances, dyes, detergents, preservatives or any other toxic or harmful surfactants, degreasers, plasticizers, reproductive toxins, pesticides, carcinogens, industrial chemicals or hormone disruptors.

Handmade Soap Review and Giveaway: The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

I want to kick off my up-coming post about the next steps in making Calcei with a giveaway of an ancient cleansing product. I originally believed Ancient Romans used olive oil based soaps to cleanse themselves, but after some research I learned many things I didn’t know about our ancestors’ bathing habits and the evolution of soap.

Castile Soap

For the most part the Romans didn’t use soap to clean their bodies – it was used for cleaning clothes. Instead, they would rub olive oil on their skin, sometimes mixed with sand, then scrape it off with a curved tool called a strigil. Soap’s use in personal care increased as people discovered the benefits of using it.

At any rate, I feel like a handmade, olive oil based soap is as close to ancient roman cleansing as I’d like to get – no oil, sand, and scraping for me, thanks! I promised more giveaways for 2014 and what better way to start off the new year than with natural handmade soap?! You know. . . wash away the old grime of twenty-thirteen and start fresh and clean in twenty-fourteen.

I had the privilege of working with the Mohawk Valley Trading Company over the past several years and I was given the opportunity to sample a few of their soap varieties. I especially like the castile soap because it has no animal products in it whatsoever – I’m not a vegan, I just like that it uses an alternative to tallow because personally, it just seems more natural to wash myself with plants than it does animal fat.

Handmade Soaps From The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

I was able to try the castile, goat’s milk lavender, tea tree oil, sage, pine, and rose soaps. The sage and pine seemed like they’d be good for clearing your sinuses if you use them in a hot shower. I was surprised at how much I liked the rose scent because I don’t typically like floral fragrances and rose tends to be overpowering. Most of the time rose scented soaps smell like old lady, but this one is mild – probably because it’s natural and not some manufactured “rose-like” scent.

All the soaps left my skin feeling smooth and not dried out like a lot of “beauty bars” and “moisturizing bars.” My favorite was definitely the castile; I love the smell, and the way my skin feels after I use it; soft and smooth.

Castile Soap From The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

About Mohawk Valley Trading Company Soaps

Mohawk Valley Trading Company Natural Handmade Soaps are made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic or artificial fragrances, dyes, detergents, preservatives or any other toxic or harmful surfactants, degreasers, plasticizers, reproductive toxins, pesticides, carcinogens, industrial chemicals or hormone disruptors.

Instead, they are made with:

Goat’s milk, shea butter, natural plant oils including; olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, palm oil, castor bean oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower oil and other botanical sources such as fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and nuts.

• 100% natural plant-based essential oils distilled or pressed from fresh citrus peels, flower petals, spices, leaves, herbs and other naturally fragrant botanical materials.

• Beeswax and raw honey.

I know what you’re thinking; “Enough about soap already! What’s the giveaway?!!” Enter below for your chance to receive one bar each of goat’s milk lavender, castile, sage, rose, and pine soaps. See the terms and conditions for more details.

Handmade Soap From The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

Terms and conditions:

  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • The Mohawk Valley Trading Company will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
  • Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.


Click here to enter the Soap Giveaway

*Please note that you will be directed to another site*

Art, Design, and Illustration Portfolio Gets a Fresh New Look

It’s been months in the making (for no good reason other than life is busy so I’ve been picking at it here and there) and here it is! The Kerrminator’s Art, Design, and Illustration online portfolio gets a facelift for twenty fourteen! I’ve revamped it a bit with a new color palette, some new design elements, added some pieces from 2013, and I’m now on more social media that I can’t seem to keep up with! Hurray!

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2014 looks to be a fantastic year for me and I look forward to sharing more of my projects, rants, advice, and I PROMISE I’ll do more giveaways! Thank you all for making 2013 a great year for The Kerrminator’s blog. I had more views this year than the previous two years combined!

On the docket for the coming months includes my tips on designing logos for embroidery, the next section on making roman calcei, and so much more!

Keep checking in, or better yet, subscribe! Or follow me using your preferred big brother method listed below:

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Happy New Year, internet friends!

Cheers!

2014

Winner of MMA-Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Custom Polo Shirt Giveaway 1

Congratulations YANES! You are the lucky winner of a custom Jiu Jitsu polo shirt!

You have been contacted by email and have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Crooked Brook will ship the polo to you within 30 days of contest end. Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes.

Enjoy, Yanes!

Thank you to everyone who participated and check back often (or subscribe on the left) for more giveaways in the near future 😉 Free stuff! Why wouldn’t you want in on that?

MMA-Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Custom Polo Shirt Giveaway!

Guess what, my avid readers and embroidery fans! We’ve been talking so much about embroidery lately, I think it’s time to announce that I have teamed up with my friends at Crooked Brook to sponsor an embroidered polo shirt giveaway!

This polo shirt is the first of a fresh new series of martial arts designs they’re releasing. The polo shirt is embroidered with the flags of Japan, Brazil, the USA, and the Jiu Jitsu kanji on the back with the Jiu Jitsu kanji on the left front chest.

Polo shirts are another inexpensive yet cost effective marketing tool. More casual than button-front shirts and dressier than t-shirts, embroidered polo shirts are part of the uniform for many businesses.

Polo shirts are also called “polos” or tennis shirts and they became so popular on golf courses, people started calling them golf shirts. Although the words “polo shirt” and “golf shirt” are used interchangeably, the term “polo shirt” is more popular.

Polo shirts embroidered with a company logo given as gifts or giveaways are called promotional polo shirts or golf shirts and are great way to get your name out there and build brand awareness.

These giveaways are first quality, polo shirts from Crooked Brook’s inventory and the brand will be determined by what they have in stock at the time the winner is announced. The winner will be chosen randomly, from those who post a comment BELOW with an answer to this question;

What gender and size polo shirt would you like to win?

Terms & Conditions:

You must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 08/09/13. The winner will be chosen by me and contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Crooked Brook will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end. Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

Happy Winning!