Thursday, March 17, 2011

Miss Malaprop Unique Handmade Gifts {Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Amber L!}

What is it about handmade items that makes them so special?

Is it the way that every single one is unique? Or the remarkable feeling of knowing that a real person crafted it for you? How about the pride in having helped an artisan out, even just a tiny bit, in reaching for their dreams?

I'm not exactly sure what it is, but I love things that are handmade. But up until recently, I didn't know more than one or two places to look to find accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing, and more that was not only handcrafted but also... distinct. Exceptional, if you will. Or how about: really, really cool.

And then I was introduced to Miss Malaprop and spent eons browsing through the amazing selection and knew that this site was the answer.

Defined as "where modern handmade meets sustainable design," Miss Malaprop is a shining example all things good. By bringing together independent (indie) designers and artists, eco-friendly and sustainable products, and charitable organizations, when you shop there you're doing your part to help the world on multiple levels.

As well as supporting the small businesses that are featured, Miss Malaprop focuses on sustainable, recycled, organic, environmentally-friendly products and services, so you know that your purchase is going to be something that you can feel good about for yourself or as a gift.

Which is just how I felt when I saw the NOLA Love Unisex Eco-Heather Grey V-Neck T-Shirt in person and was able to examine the beautiful design and feel its super-softness.
Right away I liked the way that, at first glance to this folded shirt, it looks like a simple grey t-shirt.

But then you touch it and the blend of organic cotton, EcoSpun polyester (which is made from recycled plastic soda bottles) and rayon (made from converted plant cellulose) makes it clear that you're not going to want to take this off. It's just so comfortable!

Even better, however, is the original "NOLA love" fleur de lis and heart design created by Miss Malaprop herself. The light grey vintage wash makes it so that the image slightly blends in but is also definitely noticeable and the off-center printing just gives it a little extra flair.

It's hard to not love New Orleans, isn't it? Whether you've visited, live there, or have never had the pleasure, I think there's a lot of love for that city floating around and what better way to show it than with something great like this shirt? Available in unisex sizes for $22, this is apparel that is stylish and unique for both men or women.

Whether you are looking for handmade jewelry, a one-of-a-kind item for your home, a gift made from organic materials, or much, much more, you're not going to find cookie cutter/box store products when you shop Miss Malaprop.

And, after you've spent forever browsing all of the distinctive items for sale, don't miss checking out the Miss Malaprop blog so that you can discover the woman behind the site and see how Mallory's style, talent, and individual personality fit right in with her shop.

Plus, thanks to her generosity, one person will be able to choose their own amazing handmade selection for themselves or as a gift, because...

One lucky person will win a $30 gift certificate to Miss Malaprop!

To enter to win: Visit Miss Malaprop and tell me which amazing item is your favorite.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry (per method) if you follow Miss Malaprop on Twitter and/or Like her on Facebook.
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Giveaway will end on April 8th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open worldwide! If you're reading this, you can enter!

A big thank you to Miss Malaprop for providing a NOLA T-Shirt for me to review as well as a $30 gift certificate for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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ktgonyea said...

LOVE the black, white and lavender striped reusable grocery shopping bag :)

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Diabetic Snacker Giveaways said...

I absolutely adore the ice cream sundae slipplers for inside the house! So cute a design. barb g. directorylanesuperstore(at)gmail.com

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walk9 said...

Love their clothes! They look so comfortable. email subscriber walk9@att.net

jayedee said...

so hard to make a choice! but i did! i'd love to have a set of the Happy Vegetable Reusable Veggie Bags in Green! my plane jane set is looking a bit bedraggled!

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jayedee said...

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2 your cute lil button is posted on my blog

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robynl said...

Garden Bloom Blue and Purple Floral Reusable Bag
this is my favorite

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Jayne said...

I would go for the Beaucoup Soap. I've been hearing good things about goat's milk products so I think that would be a good try.

Jayne said...

I am following Miss Malaprop on Twitter @oneinpurpose.

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Lynda said...

i like the striped reusable grocery shopping bag

Lynda said...

now following miss malaprop on twitter @oshkoshbgosh123

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Marlene said...

My favorite item is the I'm Your Biggest Fan - Silly Greeting Card.

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I entered the Scrabble giveaway.

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Donnelle said...

I love the NOLA Love Organic Women's Scoop Neck T-shirt

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elaine said...

I like the Orange & Copper Chain Earrings and the Circles Of Fleur de Lis Recycled Aluminum Earrings.

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amj1989 said...

My favorite item is the Ponchatoula Strawberry Soap

opalbaker said...

Beaucoup Soap sounds good to try.
i think it would be worth it.

msilba said...

I really like the Skin Pampering Natural Body Butter

msilba said...

I follow via GFC

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I follow via GFC

Miss Pancakes said...

i love the t-shirts..looks real comfy...im a new follower...love the blog!

susanlanai said...

My favorite item is the California Rolls Sushi Eco-Felt Play Food Set.

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'm an email subscriber 2.

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moonsword said...

My favorite is the sterling silver Twisted Fleur de Lis Pendant. Cheers!

Nicole C. said...

My favorite is the 80's pink rainbow earrings.

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Denise said...

Love the Molecule Bracelet in Scarlet Freshwater Pearls

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Helen Keeler said...

My very favorite is the Beaucoup Soap. This would be nice on my skin. helenkeeler@comcast.net

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Anissa said...

I like the sushi set

robynl said...

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Nicole said...

I love the cell phone/mp3 cases and the brown old earrings and necklace.

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Cal said...

Love the Happy Vegetable Reusable Veggie Bags in Blue

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Entered the Scrabble Flash Giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

antique skeleton key necklace

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KT said...

I love the denim blues recycled hair barrette.

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The Knapps said...

My favorite is the Nola Love Red t-shirt

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intensev5 said...

I really like the historic rosette necklace - thanks for the chance to win.

intensev5 said...

I entered the Joseph Allen Designs Giveaway

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I entered the Bebe Dulce Giveaway

CJ said...

I love the Brushed Aluminum cuff bracelet, the Pink Sparrow and Cherry Blossom earrings and the Cherry Blossom porcelin plate

Anonymous said...

I like the All Natural Absinthe Soap

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Nicole said...

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Ellen said...

I like the billboard shoulder tote - very creative and unique!
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Laura said...

I like the Haramaki Belly Band: https://www.shopmissmalaprop.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=195

Laura said...

I follow @MissMalaprop on Twitter @couponlover16.

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I entered the Peter Rabbit Organics giveaway.

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Jayne said...

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Breaking Free From Old Ways said...

I like the monogrammed personalized serving tray!


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Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

I like the red and yellow recycled tote bag!
thanks for entering me!
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kolpin said...

i like the Beautiful and Good, photo block set

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amj1989 said...

Entered Ingrid Hoffman Giveaway

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Entered Jenlinn Mid-Calf Boot

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Entered Peter Rabbit Organics

amj1989 said...

I love the Pralines and Cream Soap

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jayedee said...

1 i posted your giveaway on my blog!

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