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Giveaway :: Leafcutter Designs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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The way in which we interact with the world is one of the few things we have control over in this sometimes chaotic world. Every morning, we wake up with the opportunity to create beauty and to spread joy (and sunshine) to those around us. Here at the BSP, we take great pride is sharing this journey with the rest of you and we hope that your moments spent here help shine a bit of brightness and light in your day. To that end, it is always such an honor to present you with artists who share this vision. Today’s contributor is no exception.

Brother/sister duo Devin and Lea Redmond run the creative studio, Leafcutter Designs, in Berkeley, Ca. Their goal is to “create a more playful and peaceful world by offering curious goods, unique promotional and custom products, and participatory social art projects.” Talk about a mission statement we can get behind! Most designs started as presents for friends and family and the reaction was so great they began creating larger batches. Friends, I cannot express my sheer joy at finding Leafcutter Designs as my new go-to shop and I’m already bookmarking items for my own personal holiday wishlist. The Notebook Paper Napkins are so fantastic and the Lucky You! DIY Scratch Off Greeting Cards are perfect stocking stuffers! Leafcutter Designs is all about joy and you can have a piece of the action.

Leafcutter Designs is giving away one World’s Smallest Post Service DIY Kit – 1 Deluxe Edition to one winner and one Letters To My Future Self – 1 copy to a second winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, October 22nd.
Please visit Leafcutter Designs and tell us: What is the most meaningful gift you have ever received?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, October 28th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Juliet Farmer says:

    an all clear from my oncologist! 

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    Erin says:

    My husband and I got married on June 20, 2009. My grandparents, who were always my ideal of a successful and loving marriage, were married on June 20, 1948. For our wedding, my grandmother gave me a beautiful Moon and Stars cake plate that was given to them on their wedding day 61 years earlier!

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    Trisha says:

    A few years ago my mom gave me a fabulous pair of vintage cat eye sunglasses with  pink and green flowers on them that belonged to my grandmother when she was young. They make me feel bold, outspoken and full of fun, like my grandmother was.

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    jenn says:

    When I was younger I was a very serious, competitive dancer from a very small town. When I was 18 I was driven to move to LA to pursue my dream. For whatever I mailed a letter informing my childhood icon, Thommie Walsh (Broadway dancer/choreographer whom I met when I was 10 at a dance convention) to update him on my whereabouts. A few months later, I received a postcard wishing me “best of luck” on my future from Thommie himself! I couldn’t believe it and frankly am still shocked he took the time to tell me to never give up.

     He has since passed away and I treasure his handwritten, sweet blessing. He was an amazing man & talent.

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    ren says:

    my mother gave me a necklace that was made from my grandmother’s wedding ring. i miss her dearly and i can remember very clearly the way the ring looked on her hand. it makes me happy to have something that she wore everyday and brings me very good memories of her and i know that the ring itself brought her good memories of my grandfather, so it’s got that whole “circle of life” thing going on.

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    Kim H. says:

    A bottle of perfume from my mom. It was something special that we used to share and I have only a few drops left of it that I refuse to use up. 

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    John Hutchens says:

    the best gift was from my wife, she gave me a new fishing rod I have had it for years

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    iamalighthouse says:

    I received 12 months of single roses, to make a bouquet and a proposal by my husband!

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    Allison says:

    Although it wasn’t that meaningful at the time – for my 10th birthday my parents gave me a camera. Photography hadn’t been a huge interest prior, but through having that camera, I got into a hobby that continues to this day.

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    Crystelle says:

     Morally my babies were my best gift, trinket pack right kind, my nanas hope chest my great, great, grandpa made her :)Its falling apart but it has several treasures in it, photos, special art, random assortments of cloth, a few ninja turtles from when i was a kiddo. And its something  to this day the kiddos and I can do on a rainy day explore it, add to it. Its priceless <3 

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    Samantha S says:

    A cast iron teapot, given to me by my mentor/professor/boss and good friend just before I left for grad school. It’s helped me gather friends together and stood by me through long nights of reading, and reminds me of a friendship I value dearly.

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    Stacy says:

    When my grandparents passed within ten days of each other I was given my grandmother’s recipe for Pennsylvania Dutch ap cake, in her scratchy left handed writing- it is my treasured possession 

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    Kate A says:

    My engagement ring, which was has a giving history that goes like this:
    My Grandad gave it to my Grandma Elaine, who very sadly passed away at a too young age. Then my Grandad gave it to my Dad who gave it to my Mom. She then gave it to my husband who gave it to me.

    It has the original engraving “Terry to Elaine 1950”. It connects me to my past, my present and my future. 

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    lisa says:

    The most meaningful gift I ever received was a little laminated card from my husband a few months after we began dating. It was such a surprise because I also made him a card for his wallet to give to him that night as well (without either of us mentioning it beforehand). The card was most meaningful to me as it  said “you are loved and will always be loved”, (in response to my trust and love issues resulting from my  childhood) and because I just now realized it we still have our little cards 17 years later. 🙂

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    Holli S. says:

    Pearl earrings from my husband—which is a traditional gift in my family starting with my great grandfather. My grandmother’s brownie secret. My great grandmother’s lasagne secret. My mother’s holiday recipes. 

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    Pumpernickel says:

    My husbands grandmother gave me a bowl and plate made of the most delicate pink depression glass. It belonged to her grandmother and it made me feel very welcomed into the family. I don’t have any heirlooms from my side of the family so this is a real treasure to me.

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    Elizabeth says:

    This question is so hard to answer!  And so important!   I have to admit, I’ve gotten a little philosophical thinking about it…I mean…what IS a gift?  What are the things I’ve been given – by my family, my friends, my genetics, myself?  In the end, I have to say, right now I consider the biggest gift to be my daughter.  When I was pregnant, I decided I wanted to name her “Eve” (meaning “life-giving”) because I wanted her to know that it wasn’t just me who gave her life, but she who gave me life too.  That sounds sappy.  But – in my defense – it’s actually scientific in some ways!   Scientists have repeatedly shown that cells from the fetus cross through the placenta into the blood stream of the mother – and stay in the bloodstream for decades afterwards!  And I love that.  I love that my actual physical make-up has changed.  (And not just my hips!  Te he)  

    My daughter’s not just a gift because she’s adorable and loving and so fun….she changes me.  And boy am I glad.  I can always stand for some improvement.  🙂 I’m glad I have someone in my life that gives me a chance to be new – to be full of life.  

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    Pam - geopam says:

    My greatest gift is letting go of anger – mainly from childhood issues. It has relieved so many pressures in my life! My other big gift is learning more about my Catholic faith and being more active in my parish.

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    ginger g. says:

    I have to say my 11 month old daughter is by far the best “gift” I’ve received.  She is definitely not the “easiest” baby around, but I love her to pieces.  We were laughing and being goofy earlier today and her laugh is completely contagious! 

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    Charlotte D. says:

    The best gift I ever got was a very small note on the windshield of my car that I got after work from my then boyfriend (who is now my husband).  It was a wonderful surprise.  All it said was “I love you. ” and his name.

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    Nikki says:

    The most meaningful gift I’ve been given was for Christmas a few years ago. My mother wrote a story about a prince and a princess and their dreams but also wrote about how life gets in the way. She concluded it with them getting to make and fulfill new dreams…and my mom and dad also gave us the money to get passports for everyone in our family. I cried because my husband and I got married very young, and had lots of plans for adventures and travel, and then ended up having babies right away–about 10 years sooner then we had thought! So our travel and adventure plans have taken a huge turn and to have that dream resparked was overwhelmingly meaningful. Our boys are old enough to travel and we have been able to scrap enough money together that we’ve been able to use our passports a couple of times and have plans to use them more 🙂  I think that the best gifts see into the heart of you, and nothing feels better than a gift that touches our dreams.

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    Amie A says:

    My pen-pal and I have been writing real letters (with stamps, that go through the postal service) for over 30 years.  I have every single letter that she has ever written me and they reflect every milestone of our lives.  Every new letter is a gift that I add to the most meaningful collection that I’ve ever had the privilege of owning.

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    My husband…..God was really looking after me

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    Sparrow says:

    Oh, this mini-stationary is killing me! So amazing. About a year ago, my best friend gave me the gift of knitting lessons. For weeks, in the evenings, we sat and watched Downton Abbey with our husbands while knitting furiously. I would mess up and she would help me pull it back together and work it out. It has been such a gift to me. Now, we live thousands of miles away from one another and I sit in the evenings under warm light and let the anxiety and stress of my day out through the rhythmic click of my needles. With 3 boys home with me all day, I need an outlet, something concrete and beautiful that will not be undone the next moment (like so much of my other work). Her friendship and insight into how this skill would brighten my life are both gifts immeasurable, like rain to parched earth.

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    Ellen L. says:

    We grew up without a lot of toys because my parents deemed it unnecessary. But even though most ‘stuff’ is passing fads, I always wanted a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine. For my 30th birthday, my little sister surprised me with one, and 6 years later I’m
    so enamored I still can’t take it out of the box!

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    Kat says:

    When I was a little kid, my most wanted toy was a Barbie Dream House.  Two problems though: it was very expensive, and we lived in a mobile home with limited space.   My parents knew I wanted one, but I never asked them for one. 

    When I was 11, my parents moved us to a bigger home.  Previously, the only floor space in my bedroom was basically a path to get in and enough room for a friend sleeping over to sleep on the floor.  My new bedroom was huge.  I knew I was starting to get too old for Barbies, but I still really wanted that Dream House.

    When I walked into the living room on Christmas morning, the Barbie Dream House was sitting in front of the tree.  I was so happy I cried.  I’m 32 years old, and I still have that Dream House set up in my home.

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    Jennifer says:

    That would have to be my engagement ring. It meant the end of wondering if I would find someone who I wanted to marry and who wanted to marry me. It meant that the guy I never wanted to go out with in the first place was actually the one I’d been waiting for. 

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    Veronica says:

    I think the most meaningful gift I ever received was when I got my cat. My former cat had died almost a year before, and i loved him so much that I cried every night. Both of my parents are allergic to cats, but they got me one, and when I got it, I burst into tears.