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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dolphin Doodles Review & Giveaway



Knitting and crocheting has been something I always wanted to learn how to do. The talent and patience it must take to make beautiful handmade blankets, clothing and more is amazing to me. The creative mind behind Dolphin Doodles is no exception. Beth is the owner and creator of this wonderful Etsy Shop. At just 16 she learned the craft from her mother and grandmother and expanded her skills over the past year from online tutorials. Specializing in childrens items such as hats and shoes, from time to time you will find other great items like play food, diaper covers, kitchen and bath items and clothing for adults.









When I received a package from Beth I was so excited. I could not have anticipated how awesome her products would be until I saw them in person. WOW! Now my mom has been visiting for the past weeks so she was here for the revel. As someone who has knitted and crocheted off and on for her whole life she was very impressed. What was in the box you may ask....




















How adorable are these hats! The work is amazing and the colors are fantastic. The pattern for each hat is completely different and I think it actually compliments my girls individual personalities. The hat for M is so dainty with scalloped edges and C's open weave Cloche is breathtaking with the 2 different techniques that come together as one seamless work of art. Lets talk about sturdy! You know the quality of craftsmanship is great when the girls jam them on their heads and rip them off again and again and they still look amazing.


How was your shop started?

I crochet a lot in my free time and I was always making gifts for my family. When my cousin was pregnant I had made her some shoes and hats for her little one, Everyone at the shower raved about them and I was asked to make several sets for other people. This was about 11 months ago. I was jobless at the time so I decided to start making and selling my items on Ebay. But because of the high fees on Ebay I went over to Etsy and I have been on there ever since.


How do you reach out to your community through what you do?

I do a lot of volunteer work. I use to work at a local hospital here down in the dietary department. Now I do not work there so much anymore. I mostly donate lots of items to different charities. Once a year I pick a charity and crochet a bunch of items that they need and deliver them. This year it is Ronald McDonald House out of Loyola University Hospital. I will be donating a bunch of booties to them later on this year. The other project which I am almost done doing is for Connection for Abused Women and Their Children. I am donating hats to that organization. I have more information on the donations and my progress on my blog.
Which is dolphin-doodles.blogspot.com.


What other things do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy the outdoors a lot. Normally in the summer time you can find me on my patio crocheting and enjoying the summer weather. I go camping at least once every year during the summer time. Volunteering is also a favorite past time of mine. I am a huge movie buff so I love going to the movies and also shopping at craft stores. I am always looking for some new craft to try.


A Little Funny..

As a mommy of 1 beagle basset mix fur baby she adopted from her local shelter, she tells a very funny story of how her pup is actually afraid of yarn. He will not come any where near it and when she's crocheting at night he will sit all the way on the opposite side of the room. How cute is that?



How to get It?

Buy It:

Go to Dolphin Doodles Shop. For the rest of July Dolphin Doodles is offering a chance to win $50.00 Gift Cert. For every item you purchase you will receive 1 entry. Winner will be drawn August 1st and notified VIA Etsy conversation. Winner will be drawn using Random.org in order they purchased.


Win It Here:

Dolphin Doodles is giving one winner a chance to win a $75 Gift Certificate to her Etsy Store!!



How To Enter:

Mandatory to do FIRST: Go to Dolphin Doodles Store and browse. Come back and leave a comment telling me what you think you would spend the $75 Gift Cert on. Please make sure if you do not have a valid email address on your blog or profile, add it to your comment so I can contact you easily.
NOTE: If you skip the mandatory entry, none of your entries will count for the giveaway.


Extra Entries: (leave separate comments for each entry)


* Follow Me
* Follow Dolphin Doodles Blog
* Grab My Button
* Grab Dolphin Doodles Button
* "Heart" Dolphin Doodles Shop on Etsy
* Follow me on Twitter and Dolphin Doodles and RT this: (please leave status link in your comment)

APFOB-Dolphin Doodles Review/Giveaway - Crocheted Infant/Toddler Gifts @sewfierce @dolphindoodles http://apocketfullofbuttons.blogspot.com

* Blog about this Giveaway and gain 4 entries!! (please leave separate comment for each)


Giveaway closes Aug 12th @ 11:59pm (PST) Winner will be picked Aug 13th by Random.org and notified by email, a post will follow. Winner has 72 hours to reply to my email otherwise a new winner will be picked.

Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents Only.






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34 comments:

Julie said...

I like the Mary Jane Skimmers and the Girls Flower Visor Beanie Hat

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Julie said...

I follow your blog

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monica said...

The breakfast pretend play food is way cute and also the little girls beane with the flower on it very cute...my niece would love both of these!

monica said...

I follow you also!

carma said...

such incredible talent. Wishing I had learned to crochet this well- could never move beyond a flat piece. Anyway, although VC is too old for the items in her store, I love the Baby Girls Cloche Beanie Set with Matching Ribbon Shoes Size 3-6 Months . Would make a perfect gift for my nieces having babies :D

If she ever branches out into adult size hats, I bet they would go over big as well!

carma said...

I am a follower

Katie said...

I would apply it toward the Pretend Play Food Extreme Just Add Kitchen Set Over 75 Pieces

Katie said...

I follow

Katie said...

I have your button.

Katie said...

Following both of you on twitter and tweeted:

http://twitter.com/KTnestingspot/status/2922579926

Abby said...

I would spend it all on pretend play food for my girls!




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Abby said...

I now follow you on Twitter!

Abby said...

I tweeted your message under my username Stealsdeals

Anne said...

I would for sure get the Baby Girls Mesh Skullcap Flapper Hat with Matching Garden Loafers You Pick Size and Color! such a generous giveaway !

Anne said...

blog follower

Anne said...

I have your button

Anne said...

following both and tweet
http://twitter.com/amolino/status/3059937688

The Gosfam said...

I love the Pretend Play Food Extreme Just Add Kitchen Set, so much fun!!

The Gosfam said...

I follow you

The Gosfam said...

I follow Dolphin Doodles

The Gosfam said...

I have your Pocket Full Button

The Gosfam said...

I heart Dolphin Doodles on Etsy: Gosfam

The Gosfam said...

follow both on twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/gosfam/status/3092584395

TZel said...

I would love an Openweave Cloche Sunhat Hat Sized 2-5 years old Pink and Brown for my daughter, plus a Girls Size 12-24 months Baby Pink and White Flower Skullcap Beanie Hat for my niece, and a Let's Play Pretend Sandwich Play Food Set for each of them. Thanks! Very cute!

PisecoMom said...

Ooh! These are so pretty. If I win, I will have a very hard time deciding between buying lots of hats for my daughter in different color combinations (the 2 for $30 is a great deal!) OR I might splurge and buy the play food extravaganza of 75 pieces of play food! I can only hope I'll be forced to make this tough decision!

CVSer said...

If I won...one of he items I would get would be the white & pink daisy loafers.

virginia@frugaliciousmommy.com

CVSer said...

Follow Dolphin Doodles

CVSer said...

I heart Dolphin Doodles on Etsy. (FrugaliciousMom)

CVSer said...

Follow both of you on Twitter (FrugaliciousMom)
http://twitter.com/FrugaliciousMom/status/3276983159

CrochetRUs said...

I love love love the newsgirl beanies and the girl daisy flower loafers! Thank you!

~Lora
crochetsisters[at]earthlink[dot]net

CrochetRUs said...

following you!

CrochetRUs said...

following the Dolphin Doodles blog!

CrochetRUs said...

hearted DD shop on Etsy!

CrochetRUs said...

following your and Dolphin Doodles Twitter! also tweeted http://twitter.com/halfaheart/status/3289898859

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