Sponsor Love + Giveaway – Allora Handmade

Happy December, friends!!  Are you just loving rosettes as much as I am this year??  I honestly didn’t even know what they were until I started blogging this year, yes, I lived under a rock!  😉  Anyhow, for today’s sponsor love post, I wanted to introduce Jessica, the super sweet, funny, and crafty gal behind Allora Handmade shop and blog!

Allora Handmade is full of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, shoe clips, and headbands, all made of rosettes, in any color you could ever want, foreals (my favorite being the modern pearl rosette statement necklace in mustard of course)!!  You can add a punch of color to your wardrobe with any of her pieces!  So I’ve asked my fabulous sponsor to answer a few questions so we could get to know her a little bit better… and at the end there might just be a GIVEAWAY (if the title of the post didn’t give-it-away HA)!  🙂

{MEET THE SHOP OWNER}

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am originally from sunny, beautiful San Diego but currently find myself in  freezing, SNOWY (but also beautiful… sometimes) Utah. I have been married for about 5 1/2 years to my very own Wyoming cowboy turned Californian, and we are now here in UT so my husband can finish school. We started the back to school journey just over 2 years ago, and it has been both the longest and the slowest 2 years of my life. We are proud parents of 2 crazy (seriously, CRAZY) little boys. Owen is 3 and Henry is 18 months. I love being a mom, though it is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I am always hoping that I am “enough” for them and hope and pray to be the mother they deserve. I am addicted to ice cream and hate chocolate. Mindy Gledhill and Sara Barreilles are always on my ipod. Yellow makes me happy.

2) What inspired you to start your shop?
Last summer I was searching for a way to contribute to the starving student fund. I was at home with my two boys, and my husband was out of a job and in school full time. I  really wanted to be able to do something that would still allow me to focus on my kids. I had been making things for myself and family and friends for a while, and just decided on a whim to open up an etsy shop. Without giving it a second thought, Allora Handmade was born. Sometimes desperation is the greatest motivator! Now, I can hardly believe how much it has grown and am proud to be able to support our family while my husband finishes up school.

3) You are the co-owner of The Queen Bee Market, can you explain a little bit about what it is?
The Queen Bee Market is a handmade event held in the San Diego area. My sister and I just wrapped up our second show, and it has been amazing to see a dream of ours come true. The Market showcases over 50 vendors for a shopping event unlike any other. Think of it as a way to shop etsy in real life. We love to have the opportunity to support local handmade artists and give them a venue to show off their talents. It’s a ton of work, but so rewarding and so much fun!

4) What one accessory can you not live without?
Other than my wedding ring? A Modern Pearl Necklace. As you can imagine, I have one in pretty much every color, and I feel pretty naked without it. Mustard is by far the most used and abused, but that may have something to do with my yellow obsession 🙂

5) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Um, any. Well, any without chocolate. If I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life it would be ice cream. My favorites change often, but right now I have haagen daaz pineapple coconut in my freezer (thanks to a thoughtful hubby) and it is pretty heavenly.

{GIVEAWAY}

Jessica is giving away $25 credit to her shop!  Imagine all the rosette goodness you could buy with that!!

How to enter:

1. Visit Allora Handmade shop and leave a comment with your favorite item!

For additional entries (please leave separate comment for each action):
2. Follow this blog with Google Friend Connect on right (if you already do, please let me know)
3. Follow Allora Handmade blog with Google Friend Connect (if you already do, please let me know)
4. Tweet about this giveaway (make sure to use @sandyalamode and @allorahandmade in your tweet)

Feel free to use this tweet:
I just entered a #GIVEAWAY to win $25 credit to @allorahandmade’s rosette accessory shop on @sandyalamode! http://bit.ly/h4QXI7

This giveaway is open to U.S./Canada readers only and closes on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 9PM CST.  A note for the winner – since the giveaway ends after the December 1, 2010 Christmas order deadline, if you want to receive your item before Christmas you will have to order a ready to ship item.

Entries for this giveaway have been closed!  Thanks for entering!

201 Comments

  1. December 1, 2010 / 12:05 am

    I love the modern pearl necklace!

  2. December 1, 2010 / 12:05 am

    I follow your beautiful blog.

  3. December 1, 2010 / 12:06 am

    I follow allora handmade.

  4. December 1, 2010 / 12:06 am

    I just tweeted @aftr_laura

  5. Samantha
    December 1, 2010 / 12:14 am

    Oooh, I love the shoe clips! I’ve been looking for the perfect ones… 🙂

    Samantha

  6. December 1, 2010 / 12:20 am

    I don’t even need to look: I want a headband. A blue one. That I’m sure of. Sure like the sun rises.

  7. December 1, 2010 / 12:21 am

    And I do follow you on Google Friend Connect!

  8. December 1, 2010 / 12:22 am

    And now I follow Allora Handmade too!

  9. December 1, 2010 / 12:22 am

    I have a tweet scheduled for tomorrow! (You’ll see it tomorrow. Off to pass out now!)

  10. December 1, 2010 / 12:23 am

    I loove the three musketeers headband! adorable!

  11. December 1, 2010 / 12:24 am

    Oh! I love everything mustard in her shop! Every single thing. 😉

  12. December 1, 2010 / 12:25 am

    I’m a follower!

  13. December 1, 2010 / 12:26 am

    I follow Jess’ blog, too! 🙂

  14. December 1, 2010 / 12:29 am

    I really like the rosette shoe clips!

  15. December 1, 2010 / 12:29 am

    I follow with GFC 🙂

  16. December 1, 2010 / 12:33 am

    I love the necklace and would totes get it!

  17. December 1, 2010 / 12:34 am

    And now following you, too! Yay!!

    xo,
    Carrie

  18. December 1, 2010 / 12:44 am

    Turquoise anything! yes please!
    Nikki

  19. December 1, 2010 / 5:35 am

    I love, love, love the modern pearl necklace. Just can’t decide which color I want.

  20. December 1, 2010 / 5:35 am

    I follow you.

  21. December 1, 2010 / 5:45 am

    I follow allora handmade now.

  22. December 1, 2010 / 6:25 am

    Ooohh, I love the double trouble rosette headband! Maybe in gray, but so many cute colors to choose from!

  23. December 1, 2010 / 6:25 am

    I follow your blog 😉

  24. December 1, 2010 / 6:26 am

    I follow Allora Handmade’s blog!

  25. December 1, 2010 / 6:45 am

    Those shoe clips are so beautiful:) What a great shop:)
    Hugs and kisses, darling
    Have a great 1st of December,sweetie

    Ps: I am hosting a beautiful scarf GIVEAWAY later today, just in time for Christmas.

  26. December 1, 2010 / 6:55 am

    I love the modern pearl necklaces – especially in mustard & cream!

  27. December 1, 2010 / 6:56 am

    I follow this blog w/ GFC

  28. December 1, 2010 / 6:56 am

    and, I follow the Allora blog too w/ GFC 😉

  29. December 1, 2010 / 7:14 am

    I looove the rose earrings 🙂

  30. December 1, 2010 / 7:20 am

    I love all of her stuff, but I would really love to have one of her bracelets!

  31. December 1, 2010 / 7:20 am

    I follow your blog.

  32. December 1, 2010 / 7:21 am

    …and I follow her blog 🙂

  33. December 1, 2010 / 7:21 am

    Tweeted!

  34. December 1, 2010 / 7:23 am

    I follow SandyAlaMode on GFC!

  35. December 1, 2010 / 7:24 am

    My favorite item is the modern pearl rosette statement necklace. I can’t decide which color, though.. one of each?

  36. December 1, 2010 / 7:26 am

    And I follow Allora Handmade on GFC!

  37. December 1, 2010 / 7:27 am

    Tweeted! (@piperpost)

  38. December 1, 2010 / 7:51 am

    awesome giveaway, love Jessica’s shop! favorite item=modern pearl rosette statement necklace 🙂

  39. December 1, 2010 / 7:52 am

    following you via GFC 🙂

  40. December 1, 2010 / 7:52 am

    following Allora Handmade blog via GFC 🙂

  41. December 1, 2010 / 7:53 am

    tweeted by @bbgoad

  42. December 1, 2010 / 7:54 am

    I love the modern pearl necklace in turquoise! :]

  43. December 1, 2010 / 8:15 am

    in love with the modern pearl necklace in mustard yellow or rich red!

  44. December 1, 2010 / 8:16 am

    i follow you!

  45. December 1, 2010 / 8:16 am

    i follow her blog!

  46. December 1, 2010 / 8:16 am

    i tweeted!!

  47. December 1, 2010 / 8:29 am

    I love the headbands…so cute!

  48. December 1, 2010 / 8:30 am

    Of course I follow your blog!!

  49. December 1, 2010 / 8:31 am

    I’m also a new follower of her blog…

  50. December 1, 2010 / 8:34 am

    I tweeted!

  51. Leeann
    December 1, 2010 / 8:47 am

    The 3 musketeers headbands are adorable! So are the rosebud earrings.

  52. Leslie
    December 1, 2010 / 8:55 am

    I would like to win the Rosette Headbands

  53. Leslie
    December 1, 2010 / 8:55 am

    I follow your blog

  54. Leslie
    December 1, 2010 / 8:55 am

    I follow Allora’s blog

  55. Becky
    December 1, 2010 / 9:03 am

    Love the roses on the U-shaped headband. The elastic-y ones tend to slip off my head.

  56. December 1, 2010 / 9:05 am

    what a wonderful giveaway! i love the modern pearl rosette statement necklace in mustard OR navy . xoxo jcd (and i follow you on google connect)

  57. Becky
    December 1, 2010 / 9:07 am

    I’m blog follower!

  58. December 1, 2010 / 9:15 am

    i am dying for a modern pearl necklace. actually i want one in each color. pleaase and thank you!

  59. December 1, 2010 / 9:15 am

    I am a follower!

  60. December 1, 2010 / 9:17 am

    I just tweeted about this giveaway!

  61. December 1, 2010 / 9:28 am

    anyone of her awesome headbands are on my Christmas list!

  62. December 1, 2010 / 9:28 am

    i follow your blog…obviously!

  63. December 1, 2010 / 9:29 am

    …and, i follow jess’ blog!

  64. December 1, 2010 / 10:21 am

    omg i love!! 🙂

    … the giveaway has been tweeted!

  65. December 1, 2010 / 10:27 am

    i don’t know even know where to begin choosing which item i like better!!! i think i lub them all!! 🙂 but maybe, maybe the three muskateer headband???? 😀

  66. December 1, 2010 / 10:28 am

    you’re also followed!! 😛

    p.s. the shop is still in the works. i think i have lil kinks that need to be ironed out with the taggies, but i think i might bother you with questions later!! xoxo

  67. Chrissy
    December 1, 2010 / 10:42 am

    What a great line-up of sponsors!!

    Of course I follow!

  68. Marlowe
    December 1, 2010 / 10:53 am

    I like the Rosie Tosies Shoe Clips! What a fun idea!
    marloweopat at gmail dot com

  69. Marlowe
    December 1, 2010 / 10:54 am

    Im already a follower on GFC!

    marloweopat at gmail dot com

  70. Marlowe
    December 1, 2010 / 10:55 am

    I follow Allora Handmade on GFC!
    marloweopat at gmail dot com

  71. December 1, 2010 / 11:38 am

    awesome! I love her necklaces!! :)gina

  72. December 1, 2010 / 11:38 am

    i follow your blog on gfc:)
    gina

  73. December 1, 2010 / 11:40 am

    i follow allorah handmade’s blog:)
    gina

  74. December 1, 2010 / 11:40 am

    tweet!

  75. Ninja Panda
    December 1, 2010 / 11:40 am

    I’m a sucker for yellow, so the “modern pearl rosette statement necklace in mustard” is definitely my favorite!

  76. Ninja Panda
    December 1, 2010 / 11:41 am

    Blog follower via GFC

  77. December 1, 2010 / 11:52 am

    Oh gosh, her work is beautiful! I especially love those rosette bracelets, but seriously, this is one of those shops where it’s hard to pick a favourite 🙂

  78. December 1, 2010 / 11:52 am

    Following on GFC of course!

  79. December 1, 2010 / 12:28 pm

    I LOVE everything she does, but I really love her headbands! I have a love affair with her designs, and she’s pretty sweet herself 😉

    (P.S., Those are my feet up there in the shoe clips pic 😉

  80. December 1, 2010 / 12:29 pm

    I follow your blog 🙂

  81. December 1, 2010 / 12:29 pm

    I follow Jessica’s bog 🙂

  82. December 1, 2010 / 1:54 pm

    I won something very similar recently, so I won’t enter…but her pieces are just lovely!

  83. December 1, 2010 / 2:19 pm

    You find the loveliest shops!!

    The modern pearl statement necklaces are gorgeous!!
    Yay!!

  84. December 1, 2010 / 2:53 pm

    oh my gosh! the statement necklace is a must have! I want one in hot pink… PRETTY PLEASE

  85. December 1, 2010 / 2:54 pm

    following you of course!

  86. December 1, 2010 / 2:55 pm

    and i now follow Allora handmade! woot woot

    now pick me please!

  87. December 1, 2010 / 3:58 pm

    I think the rosette shoe clips are just darling!

    nfall2rt.design.studio at gmail dot com

  88. December 1, 2010 / 3:59 pm

    I’m also already a blog follower!

    nfall2rt.design.studio at gmail dot com

  89. December 1, 2010 / 3:59 pm

    I love the necklace, but I think that maybe I’d rather have a headband. 🙂

  90. December 1, 2010 / 4:12 pm

    you always have the BEST giveaways! my favorite are the rosette statement bracelets – so cute!

  91. December 1, 2010 / 4:13 pm

    i am also a follower of yours with google friend connect. yay!

  92. December 1, 2010 / 4:32 pm

    I’ve long loved her modern pearl rosette statement necklace, particularly in mustard… Sighhhh…. seriously beautiful.

  93. December 1, 2010 / 4:48 pm

    great giveaway! i have a few pairs of earrings from her shop 🙂 my favorite are the statement bracelets – lovely!

  94. December 1, 2010 / 4:49 pm

    i also follow allora handmade!

  95. December 1, 2010 / 5:36 pm

    The don’t buy me flowers rosette statement bracelet is just so darn lovely! I have the perfect shirt to go with it.
    Oh boy I hope I win!

  96. December 1, 2010 / 5:39 pm

    Already following with google friend connect.

  97. December 1, 2010 / 5:42 pm

    I am now following her blog 🙂

  98. December 1, 2010 / 7:36 pm

    I’m following both of you 🙂 And I just LOVE those rosebud earrings. I’ll probably have to get some whether I win or not 😉

  99. December 1, 2010 / 8:01 pm

    I love the large 3 muskateers rosette headband, it’s too cute!

  100. December 1, 2010 / 8:01 pm

    And I follow you on Google Friend Connect 🙂

  101. December 1, 2010 / 9:02 pm

    my favorite is the modern pearl.. duh!

    one day I hope that all of my bridesmaids can wear an off-white one in my wedding 🙂 ((dreaming big here))

  102. December 1, 2010 / 9:03 pm

    i follow your blog!

  103. December 1, 2010 / 9:03 pm

    i follow jessica’s blog!

  104. December 1, 2010 / 9:03 pm

    i tweeted! 😉 && am crossing my fingers!

  105. December 2, 2010 / 7:45 am

    Oh, I loooove Allora Handmade! The statement necklaces, headbands & earrings are all SO lovely.

  106. December 2, 2010 / 7:51 am

    LOVE the large three musketeer rosette headbands, i would definitely get two of those with my credit, that mustardy yellow is beautiful and i’ve been hunting for a creamish white rosette headband as well.

  107. December 2, 2010 / 7:52 am

    i follow via google friend connect!

  108. shanna
    December 2, 2010 / 9:15 am

    I like the rosettes headband! And I’d give my sister the gray rosettes bracelet, simply lovely.

  109. shanna
    December 2, 2010 / 9:15 am

    I follow your blog via gfc.

  110. shanna
    December 2, 2010 / 9:15 am

    I follow Allora’s blog via gfc.

  111. shanna
    December 2, 2010 / 9:16 am

    I retweeted- shannau.

  112. December 2, 2010 / 9:39 am

    I love the rosette necklace in plum! Such a beautiful color 🙂

  113. Meghan
    December 2, 2010 / 9:57 am

    I’m inbetween the rosette headbands and the earrings… can’t decide on my fave!

  114. December 2, 2010 / 10:55 am

    I love the large three musketeers rosette headband in the light purple color. Pretty!!

    Thanks!
    lesliedoll at hotmail dot com

  115. December 2, 2010 / 11:44 am

    I LOVE the modern pearl rosette statement necklace in mustard!

  116. December 2, 2010 / 11:44 am

    I follow Sandy a la Mode via GFC!

  117. frugaluser
    December 2, 2010 / 12:13 pm

    I love the modern pearl rosette statement necklace
    sarahdottennysonatgmaildotcom

  118. frugaluser
    December 2, 2010 / 12:16 pm

    I follow on gfc
    sarahdottennysonatgmaildotcom

  119. Meg
    December 2, 2010 / 1:00 pm

    I love the rosette headbands!

  120. Jessica
    December 2, 2010 / 2:18 pm

    Rosie Tosie Rosette Shoe Clips!

  121. December 2, 2010 / 2:27 pm

    wow, i love those little bud earrings the most. but the shoe clips are pretty darn cool also. such pretty stuff!

  122. Marija
    December 2, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    I love the modern pearl rosette statement necklace in red!

  123. Marija
    December 2, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    I’m following via GFC

  124. Marija
    December 2, 2010 / 2:53 pm

    following allora handmade via GFC

  125. chelsea
    December 2, 2010 / 7:25 pm

    i love the yellow rosette necklace

  126. chelsea
    December 2, 2010 / 7:25 pm

    i follow

  127. December 2, 2010 / 9:17 pm

    I follow this blog, and LOVE every post!

  128. December 2, 2010 / 9:18 pm

    I LOVE the mustard colored rosette necklace…it would match the earrings I bought from her awhile back!

  129. December 2, 2010 / 9:20 pm

    tweeted 🙂 @kdaviscreates

  130. December 2, 2010 / 10:59 pm

    I love the modern pearl rosette statement necklace in pretty much every color, the fall pretties are my fav!

  131. December 2, 2010 / 11:00 pm

    Sandy A La Mode GFC Follower

  132. December 2, 2010 / 11:01 pm

    Allora Handmade GFC Follower

  133. December 3, 2010 / 9:29 am

    I love the rosette statement necklaces! So beautiful!

  134. December 3, 2010 / 9:29 am

    I’m a follower of your blog through GFC.

  135. December 3, 2010 / 5:13 pm

    I love the mustard colored rosette!

  136. December 3, 2010 / 7:46 pm

    I love the rosette earrings…so cute!

  137. January
    December 3, 2010 / 8:17 pm

    I love the original 3 musketeers headband. too cute!

  138. December 4, 2010 / 4:33 am

    Anything in that gorgeous blue, especially the rosette necklace!

  139. December 4, 2010 / 10:14 am

    Just took a visit & I love all the colors! I can settle for this: large three musketeers rosette headband in gray for my first one =)

  140. Sara T
    December 4, 2010 / 11:22 am

    I like the large three musketeer rosette headband.

  141. Ashley
    December 4, 2010 / 5:42 pm

    So beautiful! I love the rosette necklace…all the colors are gorgeous!!

  142. Kathy
    December 4, 2010 / 7:00 pm

    I absolutely love the rosette headbands!

  143. December 5, 2010 / 2:11 am

    I adore the rosette statement necklaces!

  144. December 5, 2010 / 2:13 am

    I’m following your blog now. 🙂

  145. December 5, 2010 / 2:22 am

    I now follow the allora handmade blog!

  146. December 5, 2010 / 9:55 am

    My favorite item is the large three musketeers rosette headband !!

  147. December 5, 2010 / 9:56 am

    Oh, and I’m definitely a follower! <33

  148. December 5, 2010 / 2:10 pm

    i love her little bud earrings! so cute.

  149. December 5, 2010 / 3:16 pm

    really love the three musketeers headbands 🙂

  150. December 5, 2010 / 3:16 pm

    already following this blog! <3

  151. December 5, 2010 / 3:17 pm

    tweeted about the giveaway! @femmenamala

  152. jacqueline v
    December 5, 2010 / 3:47 pm

    id like the modern pearl rosette statement neck;lace!

  153. December 6, 2010 / 12:48 pm

    I tweeted about this adorable giveaway! 🙂

    @sweetblueair

  154. December 6, 2010 / 2:05 pm

    I love her shop! So many pretty things. I LOVE the headbands!

  155. December 6, 2010 / 2:06 pm

    Of course I follow your blog!

  156. December 6, 2010 / 2:06 pm

    & her blog!

  157. December 6, 2010 / 2:07 pm

    Just tweeted. 🙂

  158. December 6, 2010 / 6:12 pm

    I love her bracelets!

  159. December 6, 2010 / 6:12 pm

    I follow your blog! 🙂

  160. December 6, 2010 / 6:15 pm

    I follow Allora Handmade!

  161. December 6, 2010 / 6:17 pm

    I tweeted! {EmergingEm}

  162. Mandy S
    December 6, 2010 / 8:10 pm

    I love the three musketeers rosette headband.

  163. Mandy S
    December 6, 2010 / 8:11 pm

    Follow your blog. :0)

  164. Mandy S
    December 6, 2010 / 8:12 pm

    Tweeted.

    @amschotter

  165. Mandy S
    December 6, 2010 / 8:12 pm

    Follow Jessica’s blog.

    :0)