Friday, November 20, 2009

CLOSED: Fab Friday Giveaway: Toot Sweet Handbags


I was beyond thrilled when Elisa from Toot Sweet Handbags contacted me about a giveaway. Besides being one of the sweetest, most helpful, and most excited Etsy women I've ever worked with, her creations are adorable and must-haves (not to mention PERFECT gifts for birthdays and holidays!)

Elisa has been crafting and creating for as long as she can remember, but Toot Sweet Handbags started with a bet: Given her LOVE of handbags Elisa's husband bet her that she couldn’t resist buying a handbag for a year. She lasted for three months but by then she was ready to buy a new bag.
Elisa's smart husband said that she would not break the rules if she made a bag, as long as she didn’t buy the materials to make the bag. And, that, my lovely readers is how Elisa got started upcycling clothing into handbags!

Her friends all loved the bag and encouraged her to make more and sell them. She found Etsy and now you all get to see her gorgeous handbags and accessories in her Toot Sweet Handbags store. (In case you were wondering, Elisa won the bet, and her husband bought her a new Singer Confidence Quilter sewing machine as her winner’s reward!).

As a self-described eco-freak, Elisa feels everyone can do their part to ease the impact we have on the earth. She personally finds it just as easy to recycle as to trash, to reuse as to buy new. And so she does the same in her designs. Elisa searches thrift stores for the best fabrics and patterns on skirts and blouses, and uses Etsy to buy awesome vintage fabrics.


{design your own catch-all pouch}


Elisa also finds remnants from the fabric store and from past projects to create the smaller items you see in Toot Sweet Handbags--their uniqueness never ceases to amaze her. Because of the garments and fabrics Elisa finds, you’ll never find another handbag like the ones sold at Toot Sweet Handbags.



Elisa lives in a sunny Florida beach town with her husband and 2 crazy cats, and they keep pretty busy. She works full time at an engineering firm, so creating happens in the evenings and weekends. In their spare time, they enjoy going to the beach, eating sushi, reading books, and pretending that they can understand what their cats are trying to say to them (ha!).


As Elisa told me, "my husband and I both hold each other and our faith highest in our lives, so being involved in church activities and spending time with one another is essential." <---LOVE that!



BUY IT

Now that you've learned a lot more about Elisa and Toot Sweet Handbags (and seen her GORGEOUS pieces), don't you think that you should invest in one of her products?

{design your own handy fob wristlet keychain}


Well, lucky for you, Elisa is giving all Monkeys on the Bed! readers 15% off any purchase from now through Saturday, November 28. AND FREE SHIPPING. WOW! That would make these keyfobs are only $5.52 and this Renee clutch only $28.90!

{retrofied pink Renee Clutch}

WIN IT

Even luckier for you, Elisa is giving away a Design-Your-Own Renee Clutch (a $35 value!), like the one seen below:


Winner!

Congratulations to Julie!

172 people think...:

Melissa said...

OMG how I would love to win this giveaway! I love new purses and handbags my favorite one is the The Little Black Purse, Renee Clutch!!

I also added Toot Sweet Handbags to my favorites on Etsy

I am also a follower of your blog and my email addy is on my profile!

Stephanie and Matt said...

I love the Kari handbag!

-Stephanie

Julia said...

I would design my own pouch/makeup bag...I was just about to break down and buy a new one anyway...we'll see what my chances are :)

Stephanie and Matt said...

I'm a public follower.

Melissa G. said...

What a fun giveaway!
I like her Blue and Brown Toille Kari Handbag.

Melissa G. said...

I follow your blog.

Tj and Amy said...

I love the The Little Black Purse, Renee Clutch. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

follow toot sweet on twitter and tweeted. amypugmire@live.com
http://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/5893832698

Tj and Amy said...

I follow u. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

subscribe to u. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

I would choose fabric E002. amypugmire@live.com

Lydia said...

My favorite is the Little Black Purse Renee clutch, definitely!

Lydia said...

I've hearted Tootsweet on Etsy!
(my user name is tryingtoquit)

Lydia said...

Wow...love these fabrics, too!

My favorite is A006 (the birds!)

Lydia said...

I'm a public follower too

IlanaWrites said...

Wow! I love your stuff! These are really super cute. I love this one: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33599349

Hope I win!

Thanks so much for the giveaway!
-Ilana
Ilanawrites@gmail.com

Melissa said...

I am a follower of your blog

Melissa said...

I added the shop to my favorites on etsy

Kathy said...

I had a REALLY REALLY hard time choosing! I *think* I would choose the trendy teal tartan....

Kathy said...

I follow you:)

Kim said...

LOOOVE:
S-teal a look Barb Bag

Kim said...

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denise said...

I love the S-teal a look bag
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denise said...

I love fabric DO18
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denise said...

I follow
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denise said...

I subscribe in google reader
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Desiree said...

Well besides the great bag you are giving away, I like S-teal Barb bag :)

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Desiree said...

added her shop to my etsy faves- drgdlg

Desi
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Desiree said...

follow you both as WeeShare on twitter

http://twitter.com/WeeShare/status/5912190766

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Desiree said...

um... WOW!! I love so many of the fabrics!! E011 is my favorite, though!

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Desiree said...

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Desiree said...

email subscriber 1

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Mindy said...

I like the make up bags!

Desiree said...

email subscriber 2

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Mindy said...

I favorited the seller on Etsy!

**Nicole** said...

I LOVE the Blue and Brown Toille Kari Handbag!!!! :D How cute is that?!

**Nicole** said...

Added her to my favs on Etsy!

**Nicole** said...

Blogged #1

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**Nicole** said...

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Blogged 5 :D

**Nicole** said...

Tweet!

http://twitter.com/coastiewife321/status/5912613144

**Nicole** said...

Oooohhhh Aaaaahhh! LOVE them! But I'd have to stick with the E002, I'm so into black and white lately!

**Nicole** said...

I'm a follower :D

**Nicole** said...

Confirmed email subscriber! (P.S. I don't subscribe to anyone else through email!!!!! So you KNOW I really love you, lol!!)

**Nicole** said...

Email subscriber #2

Katie said...

I love the A Nod to Vintage Barb Bag! Her pieces are so neat.

I added Toot Sweet Handbags as a fav on Etsy as well as the item.

I am a follower of your blog and your post arrive in my Google Reader everyday.

Mostly Mom said...

Hello fabulous-ness!
I love the "A Nod to Vintage" Barb bag. So fun!
Thanks for your diligent blogging, A!

Mostly Mom said...

I'm a devoted follower! :)

Mostly Mom said...

So many cute fabric choices! I love the Vintage fabric on the "A Nod to Vintage" bag, also the Mod Squad Diana Fabric! So fun!

pippirose said...

I love the Blue and Brown Toille Kari Handbag.
:o)
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pippirose said...

I hearted her Etsy shop (pippirose59).

pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

I'm a public follower.

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pippirose said...

I love the D021: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tootsweethandbags/3884526348/in/set-72157622101963187/

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pippirose said...

I'm an email subscriber.
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pippirose said...

#2 I'm an email subscriber.
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Aura said...

The Renee clutch is my favorite.

andrea v said...

S-teal a look Barb Bag is my favorite

andrea v said...

email subscriber

andrea v said...

email subscriber 2

andrea v said...

E007 fabric is my favorite

Madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

Love the Trendy Teal Tartan Kari Handbag

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33601098

Thanks for the chance!

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Madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

Public follower


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Public follower


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Madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

Email subscriber (confirmed)

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Madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

So many fabrics--so many beautiful blues! I think D026 is one of my favorites!

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Christine Pobke said...

OH MY GOOOOOOSH!!! i want i want i want!!!! :) :) :)

Burning Moon said...

I love this purse from her store

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34168902

Andi said...

I like the do the polka kari bag.

Andi said...

I replied to the etsy thread!
BaconPecanPie

AKrause said...

Hello! Great giveaway. I love tootsweethandbags! Elisa is awesome.

This is my favorite item:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30118766

AKrause said...

I hearted tootsweethandbags (private)

AKrause said...

I would choose fabric C017.

AKrause said...

I am now a follower. ^.^

Laureen said...

I like the Blue and Brown Toille Kari Handbag. Thanks!

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

Laureen said...

I follow Elisa and Toot Sweet on Twitter and Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/statuses/5966781063

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

Clare said...

The autumn plaid and floral kari bag is very very me. Yes, it's a little plain, but it would go with almost everything I own.

Clare said...

I have favorited TootSweetHandbags under the name of nattyknits

Clare said...

I think I'd choose a dramatic fabric like D018

Clare said...

And, I follow your blog.

Thank you!

Coo Coo Courtney said...

pouch. make up bag, school supplies and pencil pouch, handbag sack OMG in zebra I would die!! haha
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Coo Coo Courtney said...

I'm a follower!!
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Coo Coo Courtney said...

Follow on twitter!! http://twitter.com/Chad_n_me/status/5969043805
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Anne-Marie T said...

I really like the Red Romance Kari Handbag

Anne-Marie T said...

Following on Twitter (as amt946) and Tweeted.
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/5969469874

Emily said...

I love the Get Geometric Kari Handbag - the blue and brown color scheme is great!

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JenniferB said...

I like get geometric kari handbag

JenniferB said...

I *heart* tootsweet

JenniferB said...

following and tweeted
http://twitter.com/jblanton41/status/5974306661

audreyscountrycrafts said...

Romance Red Kari Handbag is AMAZING!! I absolutely LOVE this shop and red is one of my favorite colors!

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audreyscountrycrafts said...

I hearted the shop!!
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audreyscountrycrafts said...

I am following on twitter and tweeted!
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Here is a link to my long list of free places to advertise your give away:
http://audreysgiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/08/where-to-advertise-give-away.html

AKrause said...

I just blogged about this giveaway!

http://alleyesonart.blogspot.com/


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Miss Rowley said...

love the giveaway, the bag that i love is the little balck purse, renee clutch...just love it.

Miss Rowley said...

I subscribed to your mailing list

Miss Rowley said...

I am now a follower

Miss Rowley said...

the bag that Is my favorite is the little black pruse. its my style I just love it and would love to have one for myself. :)

Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/5988627103

Laureen said...

Daily Tweet:
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Laureen said...

I follow your blog publicly.

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Laureen said...

I am an email subscriber. Entry #1

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Laureen said...

I am an email subscriber. Entry #2

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Laureen said...

I would choose E002 fabric. Thanks!

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Whitney said...

Ohhh, I'm loving the DESIGN YOUR OWN Renee' Clutch!!!

Whitney said...

follow both and tweet- http://twitter.com/whitlump/status/6000066376

Whitney said...

email subscriber-1

Whitney said...

email subscriber-2

Whitney said...

follow your blog

Whitney said...

I'd pick fabric E002

DEBIJOT said...

Love the make up pouch

DEBIJOT said...

blog follower

Celeste said...

I like the Get Geometric Kari bag :)

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Celeste said...

Follower

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Celeste said...

I like the C002 fabric :)

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throuthehaze said...

I like the Buzz Buzz Barb Bag
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throuthehaze said...

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throuthehaze said...

subscriber
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throuthehaze said...

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throuthehaze said...

I would choose fabric F011
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Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/6036369477

Whitney said...

tweet- http://twitter.com/whitlump/status/6037705315

socmama said...

So much to love! One of my favorites is the Groovy Girly, Renee Clutch. Thanks!

Laureen said...

Daily Tweet:
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/statuses/6040142493

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Evil Angel said...

I love the Red Romance Kari Handbag

Evil Angel said...

I added toot sweet to my etsy favorite sellers

Evil Angel said...

I would pick the A030 I love the texture

Evil Angel said...

I follow your blog

Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/6052770040

megankortepeter said...

The Kari handbag looks great!

Voodookitten said...

I love the black bag with the red rose!

Voodookitten said...

I made Toot sweet a favorite on my Etsy

Voodookitten said...

Following on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway. (Thank you for providing a copy and paste tweet too!)

http://twitter.com/CrankyCatStudio

Voodookitten said...

I would choose A004 I think. There are so many to choose from!

Voodookitten said...

Following you with google reader.

Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/6097735531

I am Lee-Ann... said...

I love:
Do the Polka Kari Handbag

I am Lee-Ann... said...

Added as a fav to Etsy

I am Lee-Ann... said...

Blogged:
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I am Lee-Ann... said...

Blogged:
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I am Lee-Ann... said...

Blogged:
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I am Lee-Ann... said...

Blogged:
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I am Lee-Ann... said...

Blogged:
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I am Lee-Ann... said...

I would get E017

I am Lee-Ann... said...

Follow both & tweeted:
http://twitter.com/gordy93/status/6099262997

I am Lee-Ann... said...

I follow

I am Lee-Ann... said...

I sub

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I sub

Laureen said...

Daily Tweet:
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/statuses/6103058839

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Heather! said...

Wow, how to choose just one?!?! I love the Autumn Plaid Kari handbag!! But I have been looking at the wristlets, too, and might be sending Santa a little list...can't hurt to ask, right? :) Hope he thinks I've been a good girl!

Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/6115759652

sibabe64 said...

I like the zebra pouch. make up bag, school supplies and pencil pouch, handbag sack

kk said...

Trendy Teal Tartan Kari Handbag. Thanks!

Melissa said...

I love the Autumnal Plaid & Floral Handbag!

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Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/6132167256

Laureen said...

Daily Tweet:
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/statuses/6133450702

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Julie said...

I LOVE the Red Romance Kari Handbag ;)

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Julie said...

I hearted Toot Sweet Handbags under the name 321Gem

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Julie said...

follow your blog as jelaws5

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Julie said...

# 1 email subsriber

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Julie said...

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Julie said...

I like the fabric F031 for starters :)

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little bird said...

i love the Autumn Plaid and Floral Kari Handbag

little bird said...

c001 is my choice of fabric

little bird said...

following your blog

little bird said...

email subscriber

little bird said...

email subscriber

Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted. (amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/6146064534

Whitney said...

tweet
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