Whole Foods Giveaway

We love Whole Foods a lot and were so sad when we moved from Southern California, where we lived less than 1/10 mile from Whole Foods to San Luis Obispo where we didn't have one. Luckily, the county is getting a Whole Foods and we can rejoice again! ha ha. The new Whole Foods is about 15 miles away and will be a special treat for us.

Do you love Whole Foods too? Enter this awesome contest!!! Good luck!


The Handmade Artisan's Mind

 As artisans, we understand the value of handmade and handcrafted goods. We know how many hours, days, weeks, months... that go into each piece and we don't just mean "making" it. When we see that something is handmade or handcrafted, we stop to appreciate it. Even if a piece "isn't our style", we respect all that has gone into the process of creation. 

This is the mind of an artist/maker...
-Being inspired by something, someone, an emotion, a color, a song, anything
-A piece of art is instantly present in our mind and it's completely tangible, no matter the medium
-The urge to create is instantaneous
-Creating begins...slowly...
-Our first strokes, first notes, or first twists of wire are completed
-We take a step back and think some more, analyzing... EVERYTHING...
-The piece has a long way to go so we keep tinkering
-Doubt sets in- What in the heck? Who will want this? What was I thinking?
-OH! Why didn't I think of that sooner? That's what it needed!
-Okay, that didn't work out how we thought but it may be better.
-Nope, definitely not better. Rip it all apart or toss it.
-This time, I'm not going to do that but this. Yes! That's better!
-Finished the piece.
-Well, I finished the first version. You know, the rough rough draft.
-We make a few more and finally find what works for us.
-We finish the first FINAL PIECE!
-Our heart is soooo happy! We do a happy dance, sing, or shout a little.
-Now... will everyone else love it? Oh, goodness.
-We take photos at every angle, edit them, sit for hours thinking of witty copy, post it and wait. And wait. Just waiting for a bite. OR we're creating a booth set up that tells our story. We drive before the sun comes up, setting up our booth while the morning dew mists us, and wait for people to critique us.
-They love it! We love it! This is why we do it!!! Happy dance, again :)
-Oooooohhhh... look at that cloud... and the process begins again...

We found this amazing video!!! 


Beautiful You Instagram Giveaway

6 amazing shops, 5 of which are hand crafted, have come together to spoil 1 lucky winner! The Beautiful You giveaway is being held on Instagram and is hosted by us at @kocoandviking. The giveaway ends on 5/27/14 so get your entry in now!

Follow all 6 shops, repost this photo, and tag it with #winbeautifulyou!

@aloetteofC3 put together a wonderful gift basket of Aloette products and a cute bag.
@burlapblondie created a new phrase on burlap, ready for you to frame and remind you to be your own kind of beautiful!
@bushelandbobbin hand embroidered a hoop to make sure you SHINE.
@kocoandviking wants you to wear a reminder around your neck with their silver plated necklace.
@littlepeaces made a beautiful pair of pillowcases for you to get your beauty sleep on!
@morethananythingjewelry hand stamped a cuff bracelet with the empowering Proverbs 31.


Giveaway • left.beach.fotos

My friend, Nicole, is not only super sweet, caring, and funny but she is a SUPER talented photographer! She began left.beach.fotos way before beach writing photography became a "thing" and she continues to produce a superior and authentic product. Unlike copycat and other popular beach writing "photographers", Nicole takes each photo and writes the names herself! She doesn't photoshop the writing in like everyone else does! This means that she takes the time to wait for perfect weather and just the perfect time to get the photo you are promised.

left.beach.fotos make incredible gifts for everyone! Not only does she create photographs that can be framed, stretched on wrapped canvas, and transferred onto wood but you can have the most unique and personalized note cards, save the dates, escort cards, and SO much more! What are you waiting for, go visit left.beach.fotos now and order something for yourself and someone you love. 

Win your own 11 x 14 Personalized Beach Writing Photo from left.beach.fotos ($55 value)!!! Open to US only

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Giveaway • Brave Sunday

Hello Pretties!
At Brave Sunday I strive to create pieces are versatile (layer them up), wearable (grocery store or date night), and oh so pretty!! As an accessories freak myself, I love simple pieces that have add a pop of color to my wardrobe. Making each piece by hand is such a joy for me and I spend a lot of time making sure it is perfect. It also means that each piece is unique to you!
Be pretty, be inspired, and be brave!

Enter to win $50 to spend at Brave Sunday! Yes, please!

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