A New Season, A New Look, And Two Giveaways!

Happy first day of Autumn everyone!  A new season brings some exciting new things for Sandy a la mode!

{a} Have you noticed my new look?  The oh-so-talented Janie of We Heart Paper and Janie Liu Jewelry has been working hard these past few weeks on my blog banner! I basically told her that I love pink, yellow, grey, and bunting banners… and she ran with it!  And I am totally in LOVE with how it turned out! 🙂 And shout-outs to my brother-in-law, Kevin for helping me make it all happen! 🙂 Feel free to grab my new button to add to your blogroll/button gallery!

{b} I am now proudly accepting sponsors on my blog in 30 day and 90 day increments, for a very affordable rate! I have added an {advertise} link that has some information. If you are interested, please feel free to email me (sandyalamode@gmail.com) and I will send you more details on statistics, rates, etc.  And while you’re at it, why not check out the shops I have listed over there already? 🙂

{c} My etsy shop has been up and running for a few weeks now and I just wanted to thank all of you for your support and encouragement!  I’ve made a handful of sales and have been busy sewing those drawstring baggies (which I’m giving out for free with every order for a limited time)!  By the way, I just listed some new items in there, so make sure to have a look!  I’ve also created a {shop} link underneath my banner for a quick view of all of my listed items! Here’s a sneak peek:

And finally, to CELEBRATE the first day of autumn and new changes I am having TWO GIVEAWAYS!

{ad spot} I will be offering a FREE 30 day ad spot to be displayed under the “Lovely Sponsors” section of my blog!  If you are the winner, I will just ask that you send me a button (190×90 pixels) with the link to your shop/business.  I will feature you in a sponsor post and you have the option of doing a giveaway on my blog as well. 🙂 Who doesn’t love free ad space?

{etsy} I’ve been crafting up some new items for my etsy shop but they aren’t quite ready to share just yet!  You will receive a set of hairpins, earrings and some of my new items.  *hint – they may contain fabric!


{1} (Mandatory entry) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me one thing you have planned for this autumn. Also, please note WHICH GIVEAWAY (ad spot or etsy) you would like to be entered for! You can only enter one, so choose wisely.  🙂  This giveaway will end on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 5PM CST and winners will be picked by a random number generator and announced shortly after.

{2} (For an additional entry) Twitter, facebook or blog about this giveaway and leave a separate comment with the link. If you Twitter, please use @sandyalamode in your tweet so I can track them. And to make things extra easy, feel free to use this tweet:

    Have you seen @sandyalamode’s new look? Check it out & enter the GIVEAWAYS for free ad space or etsy shop items! http://bit.ly/aIey0v

{3} (For an additional entry) Heart my shop (add to favorites) on etsy and come back here and let me know you did so! If you have already hearted it (thanks!), please let me know as well!

And if you don’t want to enter either giveaway, but just want to leave a comment about how darn pretty Janie made my blog, that’s totally cool too! 😉

Entries for this giveaway have closed. Thanks for entering!


  1. carla de leon
    September 22, 2010 / 12:06 am

    great look! i love the new banner! thanks for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment. already posting the button on my bloggity blog. xoxo

  2. September 22, 2010 / 12:19 am

    ad spot:

    what i have planned for autumn is this: get tan and get used to living on an island. i’m still not there yet haha

    ps the new look is GREAT!

  3. September 22, 2010 / 12:51 am

    congrats on the new look! can’t wait to work with you in october. and looking forward to receiving my earrings when i get back from my travels.

    autumn = weddings + jetsetting. love!

    i’m a wedding photographer and not a shop owner per se, but if you’ll have me as an ad entry, i’m all for it!

  4. September 22, 2010 / 12:54 am

    awesome! happy to see your blog is coming along so chic & stylish!

    would love to have an ad spot! highfive! cheers to asian fashion & xoxo from california,


  5. September 22, 2010 / 8:01 am

    I’m so happy you like it! I’m lovin’ the new striped background too!

  6. September 22, 2010 / 8:08 am

    I just became a follower of your shop!

    And by the way, your banner looks amazing! Those banners are so cute!

  7. September 22, 2010 / 8:15 am

    wohooo. being back from my vacation now I’m back on your blog and see this fabulous makeover. I love it. Janie did a great job!!

    I would love to win a free ad space since it could be a great opportunity for my Etsy shop which I plan to open this fall 🙂 I’m still working on some things to make everything perfect.

    YAY again and I’m so glad being back to blogland.

    Xo, Lou

  8. September 22, 2010 / 8:17 am

    i twittered as well 🙂

  9. September 22, 2010 / 8:26 am

    Congrats on the new look. It’s lovely!
    I’d love to enter the Etsy giveaway!
    Plans for autumn: my birthday, a wedding, getting into shape and going on a really long-awaited holiday!

  10. September 22, 2010 / 8:39 am

    Aww I love the new banner! I’d like to enter the Etsy giveaway.
    And this fall I really want to go to a corn maze!

  11. September 22, 2010 / 8:52 am

    I love the new look!

    This autumn I’ll be apple picking with the family.

  12. September 22, 2010 / 8:55 am

    I loooove the new look! 🙂

  13. September 22, 2010 / 8:58 am

    Congrats on all the great changes! Loving the new blog design!!! I’m in need of a change myself 🙂 This fall, I have three concerts lined up for October: Mary J Blige, Massive Attack and Muse!! Can’t wait 🙂 I woud like to enter for one your etsy items 🙂

  14. September 22, 2010 / 8:59 am

    Just tweeted 🙂

  15. September 22, 2010 / 9:18 am

    I love the new look!

    I really don’t have any set plans yet…I’m too busy to think that far ahead =)

  16. September 22, 2010 / 9:48 am

    i love catching up on your blogspot. it provides such a lovely distraction from all the studying. and i heart the new banner!

    Happy Mid-Autumn festival!

    Plans for Oct: travelling. It won’t be as much as you, but I’m hitting atlanta, toronto, chicago in the next 3 weekends 🙂

    Feel free to enter me in your etsy giveaway, such cute stuff, btw.

  17. September 22, 2010 / 10:20 am

    aw, bunting & lace steal my heart! I want to be entered for the etsy one!

  18. September 22, 2010 / 10:44 am

    Sandy, congrats on the new look! It is so lovely! 🙂

    For Autumn, I plan to get married + go on my honeymoon!! An ad spot would be fantastic. 😉


  19. September 22, 2010 / 11:02 am

    oooh, Janie did a great job with your blog’s redesign — the colors are yummy! please enter me in the ad spot giveaway, por favor. 🙂

  20. September 22, 2010 / 11:04 am

    i’m an etsy follower, as well. 🙂

  21. September 22, 2010 / 11:06 am

    Sandy, your blog is beautiful. So fun and playful and so you! Congrats on all the wonderful happenings at Sandy A La Mode. I’m sitting here typing and smiling and am so happy for you!!

  22. September 22, 2010 / 11:13 am

    Loving the new look Sandy! I’m always in awe how you have time for all this stuff! I’m posting more to send you love, but while I’m at it, I guess I’m entering for the sponsor spot. One thing I’ve planned for this autumn is to go to one concert, if possible, in Chicago!

  23. September 22, 2010 / 11:19 am

    I love the new look, Sandy! It’s very fun, girly, and adorable.

  24. September 22, 2010 / 11:52 am

    Your blog is beautiful, and that header is amazing.

    I plan on going apple picking this weekend and going camping a few times this fall before the weather turns too cold. I love fall and all the changes that occur 😉 I would love to win one of your ad spaces!!

  25. September 22, 2010 / 11:55 am

    I also added/hearted your Etsy shop, I’m Campfire Chic. Those tropical punch hairpins are really cute!

  26. September 22, 2010 / 12:34 pm

    I love the new look!! I have tons of apple cider and pumpkin spice s’mores in the works for this Autumn. Woohoo Ad Space giveaway!!!

  27. September 22, 2010 / 12:39 pm

    ps, I hearted your shop as soon as it opened!!

  28. Rozen
    September 22, 2010 / 12:47 pm

    I am loving the new look! 🙂

    Lots and lots of pictures with the hubby and the new baby this fall, and maybe a trip to go apple picking…

    Yay for the etsy giveaway! 🙂

  29. September 22, 2010 / 1:07 pm

    I love your new look!!!
    It is so beautiful!!!
    What a generous giveaway!!! I am so excited!!
    I am so excited for Autumn because I will be making Pumpkin Bread! I wait all year for fall so I can make this delicious treat!! 🙂
    Thanks for the comment on my blog!! 🙂
    Happy Wednesday!

  30. September 22, 2010 / 1:08 pm

    oh my it is soooo pretty! lovely work by Janie, i paid her a visit and favorite’d her shops. congrats on a beautiful new look 🙂

  31. September 22, 2010 / 1:15 pm

    This autumn, I’m planning to go to a pumpkin patch! I’d like to be entered into the etsy shop giveaway. Thanks!


  32. September 22, 2010 / 1:19 pm

    I hearted your lovely etsy shoppe!!!

  33. September 22, 2010 / 1:28 pm

    Great job on the fabulous banner! Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx

  34. September 22, 2010 / 1:46 pm

    How fun all the things you have going on. Yay for a new look it feels good doesn’t it. I am loving the new banner. I say enter me in whatever you want to. I like being a sponsor and I am liking all the sweet things in your shop. XOXO

  35. September 22, 2010 / 1:50 pm

    Hi Sandy! LOVE, LOVE your new look! And what a fab giveaway- free ad spot 🙂

    This autumn, I will be enjoying my first “fall” in the Pacific Northwest. I hear the leaves will turn shades of orange/yellows and will be breathtaking! Something we never got in Los Angeles 🙁

  36. September 22, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    OH MY GOOOOODNESS! Your blogs is offically the cutest thing I have ever seen, Sandy! I absolutely LOVE it!!! Congrats on the fresh, beautiful new look 🙂 xoxo

  37. September 22, 2010 / 2:05 pm

    I love your blog look and your etsy shop:) You are such a talented person:)..Thank you so much for your lovely comment and I am so happy to be here:)
    Kisses my dear and I am planning to take a trip to vineyard this autumn:)..
    Ps: I am hosting a sweet GIVEAWAY today 🙂 Hope you will join in :)!!!

  38. sy
    September 22, 2010 / 2:24 pm

    i want to make a custume for halloween 😀 i’d like to enter the etsy giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  39. sy
    September 22, 2010 / 2:25 pm

    i hearted your shop

  40. September 22, 2010 / 2:30 pm

    Oooh, love the new look! So gorgeous! Sounds like you have some exciting stuff going on, my dear! I am totally entering, what i have planned for autumn is to find the perfect faux fur throw to snuggle up in when it gets cold! The hunt is on! XX!

  41. September 22, 2010 / 2:47 pm

    Wow – great redecorating you’ve done on your blog!

    I love love love Autumn! My favorite season, hands down!! About this time of year I get excited about wearing my knee high boots and my favorite scarves! And heading over to Starbucks and ordering a Pumpkin Spice Latte! Yum! That’s my plans 🙂

    How about you? What does Fall look like in Kansas? Could you share some photos with your blog readers?

  42. September 22, 2010 / 3:01 pm

    sandy, LOVE the new look!!

    we always go to the pumpkin patch every year. great way to kick off autumn!

  43. ChantaleP
    September 22, 2010 / 3:09 pm

    Hey Sandy, I’m loving your new blog look too! Janie really captured the essence of you in that new header and this new colour scheme. Congratulations on your etsy shop!! Yay, I’m so glad to hear it’s going so well. Continued success!

  44. September 22, 2010 / 4:14 pm

    Hey doll! I [heart] the new look, the banner is *so you*!!

    I am going to check out your new Etsy shop… congrats!! And after that I will head over to Janie’s blog and check out her shops.

    Hope you’re having a fantastic week 🙂

  45. September 22, 2010 / 4:18 pm

    Love the new changes on your site. Well done. My autumn plans includes some family photos with the colourful leaves.

    Would love to win some free ad space! thanks!

  46. September 22, 2010 / 4:19 pm

    And of course, your shop is one of my favourites! Love your hairpins!

  47. September 22, 2010 / 4:39 pm

    loving the new look. 🙂

  48. September 22, 2010 / 4:50 pm

    Lovely blog makeover! Can’t you just see my ad over there on the sidebar? I’d love to win 😉

  49. September 22, 2010 / 5:00 pm

    This is such an awesome giveaway and your layout looks amazing! I have a lot planned for Autumn as I am going to start my Fall Quarter at The Art Institute as a Fashion Designer! *Squeals* I would like to enter into the Etsy giveaway! I absolutely love your Etsy shop!<3

    xo, Michelle

  50. nancie
    September 22, 2010 / 5:15 pm

    I am looking forward to pumpkin pie!!!
    I wanna win the etsy shop give away!!!
    LOVE your new look!

  51. September 22, 2010 / 6:24 pm

    I’d like to enter your etsy shop giveaway. One of the *many* things I have planned for fall is to do some “fall cleaning”. Similar to spring cleaning, just a bit late. 🙂

  52. September 22, 2010 / 6:25 pm

    I love your new blog layout! 🙂 It’s perfect for you. I just added your button to my blog! And I hearted your shop (can’t believe I haven’t yet) AND twittered about the giveaway? Is that how you say it? I just got twitter and obviously don’t really know how to use it! Haha.

    I’m excited to go apple picking this fall! Hopefully I actually GET to go. hehe.

  53. September 22, 2010 / 6:27 pm

    I “hearted” your etsy shop! 🙂

  54. September 22, 2010 / 7:03 pm

    Your blog looks lovely =D !! I love the colors ~! Uhmm what I planned for this autumn is a trip to London ^_^! wehee, I’m going to london for a weekend ~ very niceee

    I would love to enter the ad spot give away =D

    x. Elisa

  55. September 22, 2010 / 7:16 pm

    I am canning this weekend… peaches and pickles.
    I would like to enter your etsy giveaway.

  56. September 22, 2010 / 7:47 pm

    Sandy, first of all I HEART your new blog outfit and that banner is awesome and soo beautifullly created!! I couldn’t stop smiling and feeling excited looking at your new blog outfit ~ perfect! I’m feeling really inspired by you to try to have a blog makeover too!
    Seacondly, congratz on all the wonderful things that is happening around here and your shop! It’s gorgeous! Silly me i tot i already hearted your shop from the very first time i found out about it but i guess i must have made a mistake! I hearted it now and double checked too. hehe
    Lastly, such a wonderful gift awaY!! I would want to try my luck with the ad spot!! Such a wonderful opportunity and i hope and pray i win! Love to you!

  57. September 22, 2010 / 7:57 pm

    Hi dear. I’d like to enter the ad space giveaway! Congrats on your etsy shop. 🙂

  58. September 22, 2010 / 8:46 pm

    LOVE the new look girl!! The header is so fresh & sweet! Definitely adding you to my Blog ♥ page! =)

  59. Lindsay Little
    September 22, 2010 / 8:54 pm

    I plan on watching a lot of college football this Fall!


    I want some free hairpins!!


  60. Candace
    September 22, 2010 / 9:13 pm

    Sandy I love the new look 🙂 Its so Chic.

    This fall I will be decorating the Bean’s nursery. I’m super excited and can’t wait to see the room when it’s all done.

    I want goodies from your Etsy shop 🙂


  61. September 22, 2010 / 9:19 pm

    I have some serious plans to craft my OWN pumpkin spice lattes so I don’t run out of money buying them! I’m SO ready for the cool weather!

    (I’d love to win the Etsy giveaway, by the way.)

  62. September 22, 2010 / 9:20 pm

    Hearted! (littlebirdiesays)

  63. September 23, 2010 / 12:00 am

    Your new header is just gorgeous! I’m gonna go for the ad spot. Your sponsors will certainly be lucky to be featured on your blog!

  64. September 23, 2010 / 12:34 am

    cute new look, headed over to your etsy shop now — oh, since I wouldn’t have anything to advertise, I would love some earrings, et al!

  65. CHerie
    September 23, 2010 / 2:24 am

    I’m entering your Etsy giveaway!! Such lovely items ^_^
    One thing I plan to do this Autumn is to organize all my photos and make a photo book!!

  66. September 23, 2010 / 4:46 am

    We totally missed autumn last year so I have tons planned this year, including the first annual Squash Day… where my mom and I make all kinds of fun pumpkin and squash recipes all day long!
    I’d like to be entered in the ad giveaway, thank-you!

  67. Carolyn
    September 23, 2010 / 7:20 am

    Love the new look Sandy! I’m so proud of you on the success of your blog.

    This autumn, I will be flying all over the country interviewing for fellowship positions. Not exactly how I would like to spend my favorite season! I would much rather be spending my weekends at the orchards in Michigan, sipping fresh cider and eating just-baked donuts.

    Does your work ever bring you out to Denver? It’s been way too long!

    I’ve been checking out your etsy shop and would love to enter your etsy give away!

  68. September 23, 2010 / 8:13 am

    I really like your new look – so soft & feminine! I just went apple picking this past weekend. I guess it wasn’t technically fall yet…hehe. I do plan on going again later in the season!

    It would be awesome to win a free ad spot! =)

  69. Amy
    September 23, 2010 / 8:54 am

    I love your hairpins!! i just saw your Etsy site, and they are adorable. I will definitely be purchasing some soon!!

  70. September 23, 2010 / 10:20 am

    Oh, what a tough choice! I really, really {heart} your shop, but I’ll also need exposure for my shop when it opens…so I guess I’ll have to go or the adspot! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  71. September 23, 2010 / 10:42 am

    AND i hearted you on etsy – which reminds me of my plans for this fall: make out my very important etsy christmas list with detailed instructions for my husband 😉

  72. September 23, 2010 / 10:46 am

    Oh! Free Ad Space – I’ve never advertised before, but I need to think about this! But I don’t pass up free! 😉

  73. September 23, 2010 / 10:49 am

    I hearted you on Etsy (I’m chicgeekdesigns!)

  74. Cynthia
    September 23, 2010 / 2:56 pm

    i like the new look!

  75. September 23, 2010 / 2:57 pm

    LOVE the new look!!! the colors are so edible! this fall…. one thing i plan on doing is baking pumpkin pie (lots of it) to celebrate the season of colors, spices and harvest!

  76. Jessica
    September 23, 2010 / 8:01 pm

    I’m going to a big beautiful wedding this fall! I’ve been excitedly planning what pretty things I’m going to wear… without getting TOO pretty, of course! I don’t want to outshine the bride! Ha.

    I would love to win your wonderful etsy items!


  77. Jessica
    September 23, 2010 / 8:01 pm

    And you’re on my etsy favorites!

  78. September 23, 2010 / 8:13 pm

    Your new blog is looking good! I love your banner. I would love to win your etsy items 🙂

    As for autumn, since we are in spring I’m not sure how to answer that. In autumn I do love the slight change in weather which means comfy pj’s and hot chocolate.

  79. September 23, 2010 / 8:14 pm

    I’ve hearted you on Etsy 🙂

  80. steph
    September 23, 2010 / 10:47 pm

    Pretty! Like the new banner and font.

  81. September 24, 2010 / 12:01 pm

    {ad giveaway} thanks to you, this autumn i plan to decorate one of my walls just like your bunting banner. i am so excited and will for sure show you pictures of what it looks like when it’s done!

  82. September 24, 2010 / 12:02 pm

    and i love your shop sandy! <3

  83. September 25, 2010 / 10:17 am

    Hey Sandy! Love the new blog look!

    One thing I have planned for autumn is sewing classes! I’ve been wanting to learn to sew, and finally decided to take the plunge and sign up for beginner’s class. I’m super excited to start making fun things!

  84. September 25, 2010 / 10:18 am

    Added your lovely shop to my favorites!

    Oh btw, I’d love to enter to win your etsy shop giveaway. 🙂

  85. September 26, 2010 / 10:15 am

    ooo i heart your shop! 🙂

  86. September 26, 2010 / 1:31 pm

    For Autumn, I plan to drink warm cider, watch tons of football (Go Cats!!), pick pumpkins, and make pumpkins pies until I can no more!!

  87. September 26, 2010 / 1:32 pm

    Added the shop to my favorites! I hope I win some of your goodies!! Too cute!

  88. September 27, 2010 / 12:12 pm

    Too bad I’m too late! Autumn means more time to create felt autumn leaves.
    I would love the ad spot! But since I’m too late I’ll be buying it soon 😉

  89. September 27, 2010 / 4:54 pm

    yay! love your new look, nicey!

    i’d love to enter – for the funfun sponsor spot!

    one fun thing i have planned for the autumn is to spend lots of time with our families! we’ve just moved closer to everyone again and it’s such a thrill to be just a short drive away from most now! i plan to make the most of it! yay families!

    thanks for the great giveaway!
    k. @ rikrak

  90. September 27, 2010 / 4:55 pm

    tweeted! 🙂 i’m @therikrakshop

  91. September 27, 2010 / 4:56 pm

    your shop is looking so lovely,nicey! bravo!

    already hearted you the moment i saw it last week! well done!

    k. @ rikrak

  92. September 27, 2010 / 4:59 pm

    making my way through the fall cupcakes in martha stewart’s cupcakes book is in my plans! etsy giveaway is the one for me 🙂

  93. September 27, 2010 / 5:05 pm

    I’m particiating in my first craft show!

    I’d love the advertising!!!