Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Charitable Giveaway Alert!

Annette from Dragon House of Yuen is hosting an amazing giveaway! With your purchase of a holiday raffle ticket, you receive the chance to win all of the following goodies! The proceeds benefit the Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare Association in Rugby, England.

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1. Esme the Brown Bunny Set by Pey from Peylu
2. The Protector Original Watercolour by Alison from Eastwitching (did you see her bunnies here?)
3. Greyhound in Disguise Screenprinted Cotton Tea Towel by Jane from Max and Molly Design
4. The Doggy Bag by Eline from The High North
5. Bunny Rabbit Photo Greeting Cards Set of 4 by Jen fromJMcGuinness Photography
6. Mother Hare Ermine by Dragon House of Yuen
7. Snowshoe Hare Footprint Mug by Kirsten from Kirsten's Clay
8. Celestial Hare, Dancing Hare and Faun Brooch by Jeanette from Square Hare
9. Pattern Rabbit Original Collage by Carly from Naked Carly Art
10. Snuggle Sweet Nothings - Adorable Bunnies Picture - 8x10 Photo Print by Debbie from Shaded Memories

This really is an amazing giveaway and your raffle tickets go to support such a great cause. Every year, so many people get rabbits at Easter and by Christmas, they've decided they don't want their pets anymore. Donate to a wonderfully worthwhile rescue and you could win this great prize package!

Love... Colorful Bunnies!

I'm loving these fabulous fruit and floral bunnies from eastwitching, one of my new favorite etsy shops.


These bunnies are available for only $35 and if you'd like a particular fruit or flower, you can request a custom order!

Check back in October for a feature from this fabulous shop!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cart-Worthy + Heart-Worthy: Unicorn Edition!

I have this thing with unicorns. When I was a precocious kid, I collected those fantasy/sci-fi figurines of unicorns (preferably fighting a multi-colored dragon). Now, I find that I'm drawn to the cutesy, whimsical unicorns more. Here are a few of my finds from my favorites on etsy. Note that I own or will soon own a few of these! :)

{love is magical - love the flowing hair!}

{unicorn noir plush - so sweet, loving the lace prints.}

{roping - i own a print of this and its beautiful!}

{your choice of keep calm unicorn prints - i choose "keep calm and gallop on"}

{rainbow squarnicorn - okay, not only is it adorable, but it's fun to say.}

{unicorn and owl aceo - love pen and ink!}

{fancy forest notepad - on a pad like this, my grocery list would look like: "milk, eggs, fairy dust, bread, world peace"}

{sleepy unicorn eye mask - this shop also boasts unicorn shoes!}

Enjoy my unicorn-themed finds!

Zen Balancing Stone Salt and Pepper Shakers From SnappyTuna!

I just got these amazing salt and pepper shakers from SnappyTuna {yes, another awesome deal site, specializing in house and kitchenwares}. The top stone is for salt, the middle is for pepper, and the bottom is a dipping bowl for ketchup or soy sauce {mmm...gyoza!}. 

You can get your very own right {here} for only $12.85 plus super low shipping!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Kris Nations Jewelry at Ideeli!

I've been planning to do a post on Kris Nations {a fabulous jewelry company run by two sisters, Kris and Kim} for a few weeks now. Imagine my surprise when I got my Ideeli email this morning and there was her jewelry! At insane discounts! I love her cute owls and peace signs. :)

Check it out for yourself and check back in October for her feature!

Ideeli is an invite-only site and if you're not already a member, be sure to sign up here!
Happy shopping!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Focus On... Michelle Chang Jewelry! {And A Giveaway!}

"To me, jewelry making is drawing, design, sculpture, and craft. It's art embodied in a tiny object, one that can be worn to become a part of the person wearing it."

Michelle is an incredibly talented jewelry designer and creator based in New York City. I came across her shop and was instantly in love. I'm sure you will be, too. Read on for an interview and a generous giveaway!

{banded pyramid ring - my fave!!}

What kind of mediums do you use and why?
I use sterling silver and gold, as well as semi-precious stones and diamonds. I want to use real precious metals and stones of value as I want my jewelry to be kept and worn for many years.

What made you decide to sell on etsy?
It seemed like the perfect platform to test my designs and the ease of setting up my shop was of great appeal.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I find inspiration in many things small and large, natural and man-made, living and inert. Every piece of jewelry is made by hand and is therefore unique.

What is your favorite music to craft by?
I listen to independent music or classical. Often i listen to NPR to take a break from music.

When it's cold outside...I wish it was snowing

When I'm hungry...I think about my mom's cooking.

When I need a boost...I drink earl grey tea with cream.

I wish I was/were... scuba diving in the tropics.

If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be... peace

If I could have coffee with anyone, it would be...dostoyevsky

If you were an animal, what would you be? A bird

What's your favorite piece of your own? the open mouth snake ring

What are your favorite blogs/websites right now?

You can find Michelle
on her etsy!

Michelle has so graciously offered to give away one 8 sided triangle necklace (a $60 value!) to a lucky winner!

- To be eligible for entry, you must be a follower of my blog through google friend connect or through your preferred RSS reader. -
- Make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you win. -
- Please leave separate comments for each entry. -

First entry (mandatory):
Head over to Michelle Chang Jewelry and tell me your favorite item!

Extra entries (optional):
- Heart Michelle Chang Jewelry on etsy.
- Sign up for the Kate and Oli mailing list.
Follow me on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.
- Add my button to your blog.
- Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link.

Fine print: Giveaway begins when it is posted and ends at 11:59pm pacific standard time October 4, 2010. A winner will be selected by a random number generator on October 5, 2010 and will be emailed promptly. Michelle will ship anywhere in the world!

Pictures From Orlando!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from my Orlando trip - if you haven't been, you should go! To see more, click the link at the end of the post!

{the clan on our first day, just prior to heading out to the parks - on 4 hours of sleep
amy, my sister larissa, mom, kristine, and me!}

{on a dino at Disney's Animal Kingdom
me, amy, larissa, and kristine}

{larissa, kristine and mom in canada a la EPCOT}

{they called this "potato salad" - it was potatoes...on...salad...}

{amy, me, kristine, and larissa in front of walt and cinderella's castle at the Magic Kingdom}

{the giant golf ball at epcot in detail}

{hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!}


{best friends! amy and katie on the last day}

To see more pictures, go here!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

We Have A Winner!

And the winner of the Sarah B. Flanagan Giveaway is.... 

#133, Snowflake07!

I will be emailing you right away to get your information! Thank you to everyone else who entered and be sure to try again next time! Also, a huge thank you goes out to Sarah!

Advertise On Kate and Oli!

I have decided to offer a couple advertising spots in the sidebar! Please see my advertising page here or email me for rates and info!

Your hard-earned money will earn you one of only a few sponsor spots in a prime location in my sidebar (currently all are above the fold!). You will also receive a featured sponsor post (once every three months, maximum). Lastly, I will be happy to pass along any exciting information you provide about sales, giveaways or promotions you're having!

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