Birthday Giveaway: Sweater Weather Skirt

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I’ll be celebrating my birthday next week! Winter birthdays are always kind of lame. It seems every fictional character on TV has a spring or summer birthday, celebrated in the backyard with cake and balloons on a warm, sunny day. They are right to do it though, brightly coloured balloons just don’t look right in slush, sleet and that hard brown/grey snow left everywhere after a few melty days in a row. Winter birthdays are always spent inside on cold, cloudy days. That’s why I always try to make my birthday extra special! Help me celebrate this year with my Sweater Weather Skirt giveaway!

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The skirt is available through my shop in sizes XS – XL, with petite and tall options as well. The thicker fabric, midi length hem line and adorably quirky cats-in-sweaters print make it perfect for wearing in cool weather.

Anyone can enter the giveaway and the prize, valued at $64.25, will ship for free to anywhere in the world! The winner will be chosen by random in two weeks and announced here, on Facebook and on Twitter. That lucky person will also be emailed using the address provided through the widget below. Good Luck!

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Giveaways not your style? Use coupon code HAPPYBIRTHDAY10 for 10% off anything from the Sophster-Toaster shop from now until the end of the month!

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Christmas Giveaway: 2 Retro Handmade Garlands

Christmas Giveaway! 2 Retro Handmade Garlands \\ Sophster-Toaster Blog

Time for a Christmas giveaway! This time I’m giving away two of my handmade tinsel chain garlands from the Sophster-Toaster shop. That’s enough to trim the tree nicely, but they can also be used to decorate the mantle, the bar cart or overhead the dining table for added party sparkle.

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They come in eight colour options. You can have your choice of pink, blue, white, green, red, gold, silver or multicoloured (learn more about the colour options here). You could get two of the same colour or mix it up with two different strands!

Enter the Christmas giveaway now

Please follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter.

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The giveaway is open to everyone and ends at midnight on Sunday, November 8th. One winner will be chosen at random and announced here, on Twitter and on the Sophster-Toaster Facebook page on Monday, November  9th. They will also be contacted by the email address provided in the entry form.

Good Luck!

Sophster-Toaster Shop Anniversary Giveaway

Today marks three full years since I opened the Sophster-Toaster shop. I’ve learned so much about myself, my craft and running a business since my first day that I sometimes feel like I’ve become an adult.

The past year has been very good to me. I’ve started selling my handmade clothing and accessories at Craft Arts Market in downtown St. Catharines; I’ve been able to turn my little dressmaking endeavour into a full time job; and I’ve meet some really neat customers, crafters and bloggers along the way. I think it’s time to celebrate.

I think a giveaway – a sweet prize pack including my most loved clothing and accessories of the year – will do nicely.

Sophster-Toaster Third Anniversary Giveaway

Want to win a Vixen Skirt, Coffee Tee, Mint Milkshake Bow, Coral Bow & Stitch in Time Bow prize pack valued at $96? Enter below!

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Skirt is available in sizes XS – XL and is also available in petite and tall sizes. T-shirt is available in women’s S – XL and men’s/unisex S – XL. Bows can be worn as hair clip or clip-on bow tie. All items are handmade by me and can be found in my shop at

The giveaway runs from Sunday, May 10, 2015 to Sunday, May 17, 2015 at midnight. The prize pack will ship for free to anywhere in the world! The lucky winner will be announced here, on the Sophster-Toaster Facebook page, on Twitter and contacted by email on Monday, May 18. Good Luck!

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T-Shirt Giveaway / Winter 2015

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It started with a joke. A few months ago, while driving to the mall, I joked with my husband about how easy it would be to make and sell t-shirts. “All you’d have to do is choose a nice font, choose a good word like pizza, ice cream or cats, and slap it on a few t-shirts over the weekend,” I said with an air of unearned confidence. Then something weird happened, I sat quietly for the rest of the ride.

Over the next few days, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. I thought about what kind of font I would choose, which t-shirt wholesalers I might use, dozens of words that I liked and plans for growth and expansion of my imaginary t-shirt line. After several days of not being able to shake the feeling that this might be a good idea, I decided I would go for it.

Over the Christmas season and into January, I learned the (somewhat difficult, actually) process of screen printing with a lot of help from my husband. I assumed things would go smoothly, his father used to teach the skill to prisoners before he retired and would often do pro bono print jobs at home for his church and social groups, but, of course, it didn’t. I lost track of how many times my husband said something like, “hmm… I don’t remember this part,” or “he always did this part at work,” as we fumbled our way through the first few unsuccessful attempts at making a usable screen. Somehow, through the difficult and frustrating process of learning a new skill, we had a lot of fun together.

I choose the first design set by bouncing ideas off my reluctant friends and relatives until they told me I was ruining Friendsgiving. Here are the winners:

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Don’t worry I have pages and pages of more ideas and I fully intend to ruin Easter as well.

The t-shirts are American Apparel’s (sweatshop free) organic, sustainable edition, the ink is water based, everything we use from prep to clean-up is eco-friendly, and the hardware is even made in North America (or salvaged from my father-in-law’s attic).

Finally, the bit you came here for…

I am holding a giveaway to celebrate the new winter t-shirt line! There are three prizes to be won: first prize is two t-shirts of your choice, second prize is one t-shirt of your choice and third prize is a $10 Etsy gift card.

The t-shirts are available from size small – extra large in women’s and men’s/unisex. (You can find more info about sizing in the shop.) Winners can choose any shirts in any sizes they like. Prizes will be shipped for free to any location in the world.

The giveaway ends at midnight on February 1st. Winners are chosen at random. Winners will be announced here, on Facebook and on Twitter, and contacted via email.

Good luck!

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