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Giveaway :: Wind and Willow Home

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Does anyone else feel like 2013 is gaining momentum? There is something vibrant and energetic in the air and I’ve noticed a definite pull to create more, to enjoy more, to add more color to my life (figuratively and literally.) Just this last weekend, I found myself going through my house and packing away all of the housewares and tchotchkes that didn’t make me want to sing. I figure that if I’m going to put as much effort as possible into bringing joy into my year, I may as well start at home.

Friends, I have a treasure for you today. Wind and Willow Home is the shop of designer/curator Araya Jensen. Every item in the shop is handmade by artisans around the world and thoughtfully curated so that your have a one stop shop for finding gorgeous, unique items for your home. (Or your friends’ homes if you’re birthday shopping!) Jensen’s keen eye focuses on the beauty of nature and the relationship of natural materials with color and texture. Personally, I am obsessed with this Mini Treasure Pot and this Garden Kantha Quilt is so stunning it makes me want to YELL OUT LOUD. Oh, 2013, I like how you are looking so far.

Wind and Willow Home is giving away one set of 3 Neon Pink Spoons AND one set of 5 Neon Pink Mini Planters (plants not included)  to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, January 31st. Comments now closed…good luck!
Tell us your favorite item from Wind and Willow Home AND answer this: What is the last act of kindness you paid to yourself?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, February 4th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Alicia F. says:

    The white sparkle candle cups are the perfect match of natural and bling!  For my birthday, instead of presents I asked my boyfriend to cook for me all day and give me the chance to sew all day long!  It was such a lovely gift I may ask for it every year!

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    heather f says:

    The black and Sparkle Crossed 7″ Wood Bowl and the arrows!!

    so many fun things. When I treat myself, i get a pedicure and for an extra extra treat I get a massage. My life is full and fun and exhausting so the treats for myself are few and far between but treasured

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    Amzi says:

    So hard to pick!  Everything in there is so neat!  I love the wooden spoons and I need a couple…

    I don’t have the money or the time to treat myself to much these days…usually it’s something small that’s been on my list for a long time.  Like last week I picked up some embroidery floss at Walmart to make bracelets.

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    Lydia says:

    I love the misty morning earrings!

    Well, after a big test a few weeks ago, I let myself buy a latte.  It was worth it. 🙂

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    I love the Bountiful Berry Kantha Quilt! I recently decided to remove the last vestiges of negativity from my life, which has made for a much more peaceful new year.

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    Erin says:

    Oooh, I love the Brite and White crossed bowl – it is spectacular! http://windandwillowhome.bigcartel.com/product/brite-and-white-crossed-7-wood-bowl

    I bragged on myself a little during a staff meeting this morning, and it felt REALLY good to be honest about doing a good job at work instead of shrugging it off as “all in a day’s work.”

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    Tiffany says:

    I’m in love with any and all of the wood bowls. They come in such fantastic and fun colors! I must say this is a thought provoking question. I had to really think about it. I try and do nice things for others all of the time but myself? Recently I gifted myself the permission to wait…. I have been the last of my friends to find love, get married, buy a house and have kids..and I’ve felt a whole lot of pressure (mostly put on myself) to catch up. Recently I told myself that this is no race and that my time will come for all of these things. I granted myself the permission to take a stroll in life instead of sprint it. Seems simple but it has provided me with so much peace.

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    latanya says:

    Woven Percussion Instrument {Assorted Colors}
    I bought myself some jewerly.

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    Jac says:

    The black and sparkle crossed wood bowl is lovely.  I’ve recently been on a boot buying binge. Three pairs in less than a month, but all at prices too good to resist!

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    Emily B says:

    I love the Ice and Grey crossed wooden bowl–love the combination of the wood and the colors. So chic. The last kind thing I did for myself was let my husband sleep in so I could snuggle my kids in the early hours of the day and get them bathed and fed. Since I started working full time in the fall, I’ve missed them so much, even though I’m able to work from home (when I hear them laughing downstairs, I just want to shout down, ‘hey guys, whatcha doin down there? something fun? let me play!!!). They are my sunshine and I’m a much happier woman when I face the day armed with a few snuggles under my belt.

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    Suzanne says:

    I love all the Kantha quilts. They are all so retro and fun. Timeless. I love quilts. They are so comforting. Reminds me of home.

    The last time I did something kind for myself was after Christmas when I defintely ate my share in goodies and pt on a few pounds, so I treated myself to an at home hair dye……(because I was jobless). 🙂

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    Aleta says:

    The rain print and the wonderfully whimsical fabric stickers are two of my favorites from this shop!!

    I guess the last time I did something really kind for myself was when I gave myself permission to dump a whole container of bath salts in the bath and just be lazy and soak in the tub and read for an entire afternoon. It was so rejuvenating and felt completely luxurious!

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    Emma says:

    I love the pink mini planters!

    I rarely do kind things for myself but recently I have started to exercise a lot more, which I guess is kind to my body.

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    Courtney J says:

    My favorite item is the Flying Friends Fabric Wall Stickers!

    Last act of kindness for myself has been taking time to KNIT. Working as an art teacher leaves me little time to knit because I need to lesson plan, teach, etc., so everyday after dinner I spend about 30 minutes just knitting. And I’m already making progress!

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    ren says:

    i think the “soar cups” are so pretty. and the last act of kindness i did for myself was buying some used cookbooks. i love reading them and it’s like taking a little vacation! plus, i get new cooking ideas.

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    Evie M. says:

    My favorite item from Wind and Willow Home are the Misty Morning Earrings and the last act of kindness I paid to myself was taking a jewelry making class at a bead shop. I had really wanted to learn a particular technique and drove about 120 miles round-trip to get there, but it was so worth it.

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    Sarah says:

    The last act of kindness I paid to myself was sleeping in this weekend, it was much needed and oh so glorious, I didn’t feel guilty at all about not getting out of bed for hours.
    I love the neon pink salad bowl set!

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    Madeline says:

    the rain print is awesome. and i recently was kind to myself by spending a day alone. just me. no pressure from outside obligations or people or expectations of the world. just one day. to just be.

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    holly says:

    i love the salt and pepper bowls – so simple and elegant, yet useful.

    the last kindness i did for myself was buy some new shoes. they’re simple not expensive black ballet flats, but still a splurge in my world!

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    Katherine says:

    I love the soar dish and the live simply print!
    I make a habit of making myself coffee and sitting in bed to read each morning. It’s the perfect start to the day and makes me really feel rested and ready to begin again, and somehow has a touch of luxury about it. 

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    rachel says:

    I adore the Hipster Fox Print! Also, I did a hard workout today which felt like a treat!

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    Jennifer says:

    I LOVE the neon swirl cherry bowl! The last act of kindness I paid myself was getting a pedicure on the day before my dad’s funeral. I thought I owed it to myself to take an hour to relax and to remove myself from that terrible situation for a little while.

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    Nikki says:

    I really, really like the items for sale at Wind and Willow Home–just my style!!  And my first favorite item is the Brite and White Crossed Wood Bowl.

    The last act of kindness I paid myself was today when I borrowed my mother’s crockpot and then borrowed a crockpot cookbook from a friend, who is a fantastic cook with kids the same age as mine, in an attempt to lighten my housework load and reduce my stress.  The best part was when she texted back that, yes, she did have a good cookbook for me to borrow, why don’t I stay for a cup of tea and visit when I stopped by to pick it up, instead of rushing off to finish my “chores” and make dinner, I had a lovely visit and made sandwiches for dinner instead.  Everybody was happy and most of all I had time to relax and catch up with a friend.  Being able to give myself a kindness like this is double gift–I feel revived (& hopeful about having control over my schedule and fulfilling the needs of my family) and connected to someone I care about!  

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    sVH says:

    The fresh produce painting would look quite lovely in my new apartment kitchen…once I find an apartment.

    After weeks of traveling, talking, and working, I finally allowed myself to full-out veg: pajamas all day, no makeup, a glass of wine, and romantic comedies that I would be too embarrassed to admit watching. Lazy and unproductive? Yes. Amazing? Absolutely. 

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    jane says:

    loving the sundog trio rings! love the colours 🙂

    i think the last act of kindness i paid to myself was to not berate myself for not doing up to my own expectations in my last round of exams (expecting perfection, which i obviously didn’t get) but instead knowing that i tried my best and walking away from this experience feeling at peace! sometimes i think we are the hardest on ourselves, and we would all be happier if we gave ourselves a break at times 🙂

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    Trisha says:

    I really like the Large Sparkle Walnut Bowl.

    The last act of kindness I payed myself was making time to read more. I’ve rediscovered a thousand worlds that I had been desperately missing. 

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    Jessica says:

    I love the neon planter set. I have some succlents that really need a new arrangement! My most recent act of kindness to myself is today! I start classes again Monday, so I’m spending today with hot coffee, kniting, and hulu (catching up on my favorite shows)

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    sam says:

    Loving the Bright and Bold Arrow Decor – would make a great conversation piece! The last act of kindness I paid myself was splurging on a great haircut. 

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    Wehaf says:

    Well, I love all the wooden bowls, especially the sparkle ones, but I really truly love the natural almond Throw/Blanket.

    My most recent act of kindness to myself was to splurge for a taxi ride home from a doctor’s appointment, instead of taking 2 different buses.

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    jackeline says:

    I like the Beautiful Botanical Kantha Quilt. Last time I pampered myself was last week Sunday. I did my own DIY facial.

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    Theresa says:

    The wonderfully whimsical fabric stickers! OMG!

    Last month I purchased a sewing class for myself. 3 3 hour classes with other women in the area (I am new here) and no kidlets! It hasn’t started yet (next weekend is the first week) but I am so excited!

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    echo says:

    Yesterday I was feeling really sick. So, I let myself off the hook from the projects I had planned for my Saturday and just tried to feel better. No guilt, just lots of tea, reading, and a nap. Your store is beautiful. I really love it all, but the walnut and glitter bowl is my favorite.

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    Sarah says:

    I absolutely love the sets of wooden spoons in soft grey! 

    On my way home from a particularly grueling day at work, I popped into my neighbourhood depanneur to purchase the latest edition of the magazine, The New Yorker and a chocolate. I went home put on some comfy clothes, made a pot of tea, and snuggled up for a few hours and read to my hearts content. 

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    The natural almond throw/blanket looks gorgeous and cozy!

    A few days ago I treated myself to a little spa evening at home. It was incredibly relaxing 🙂

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    Brittany K says:

    i love the live simply print. this past weekend i treated myself to some wine and a headache the next morning. 

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    Natalie says:

    I love the Dash Salt and Pepper Bowls.
    Last weekend I went to my very first Capoiera class.  It kicked my butt both literally and figuratively, but I can tell it is helping my attitude at work today.  This is my gift to myself: staying active.

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    Nadia says:

    I love the natural woven market tote because of its texture and handmade, natural look.
    Being a Mama to a 18 month old, I don’t do much solely for myself but recently making a bit of time to hang out one on one with some of my inspiring and adventurous friends was a huge treat.

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    Virginia says:

    I love the set of 3 Soft Grey Wooden Spoons. They are simple and natural, with just the slightest pop of color. For me, taking the time out of my work day to go hiking with my dog refreshes and inspires me, even though it is hard to break off from my desk to do so.

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    Rachael says:

    I can’t decide which of the wooden bowls are my favorite–they are all beautiful!

    I treated myself this past Saturday to a day of reading, I didn’t spend any time online and I didn’t let myself feel too guilty about not taking my friend or sister up on going out either!

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    kim g says:

    Its really not fair asking us to pick our favorite…how about the entire shop!!! Amazing beautiful things… The last time I gave to me??? I dont very often having two daughters..it seems they get the “extras’…I guess thats part of being a mom…Is to be able to enjoy giving….I will say this..I am going back to your shop and I am going to give myself that Kantha Quilt… 🙂 

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    Renee A. says:

    I love a lot of the things in this shop, but my fave would be the Bountiful Berry Kantha Quilt….talk about a statement piece! The most recent act of kindness I paid to myself was to take a day off of doing all housework and just relaxing and enjoying myself….I have three teen daughters so they were all very sweet enough to do everything that needed to be done around the house and without complaints. 🙂

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    Alexis S. says:

    While I truly love each item in this beautiful shop, I have to say the large sparkle walnut bowl is my favorite. The last act of kindness I paid to myself was taking myself to a well-deserved yoga class, even though I have been busy packing for a move. I could have stayed home and finished packing, but I decided to take a break and care for my body and soul.

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    Kesha says:

    My favorite products are the sundog trio rings they are bright and would go with everytging! I took a day for just myself to relax no phone internet and spent it doing my favorite things. Shopping my favorite small businesses,mani/ pedi,reading .

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    I love the rubberized spoons. I am trying to be kind to myself. Breast cancer gets in the way. A pedicure and a Starbucks works wonders. Be kind to yourself by watching sunrises and sunsets. Simple things.

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    Shelagh says:

    What a lovely little collection… I’ve long admired Yellena James’ art but this morning, I find myself loving the large sparkle walnut bowl. My biggest act of kindness to myself is quitting my job (last day TODAY!) so I can stay home with my two baby boys (and not have to wake up at 4:30 am for work).

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    Tara says:

    i love the neon pink salad bowl set! the latest act of kindness i paid myself was a day of shoe shopping…perfection!