Sponsor Love + Giveaway – Eclectic Whatnot

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I don’t know a person that *snorts* more frequently or louder than Ruthanne, on twitter.  I wish I could hear it in person.  Ruthanne is one cool, classy, hilarious momma who ruffles the frosting on her cakes like she ruffles her infamous dSLR camera straps.  If you have a dSLR, your camera probably came with a cheapo strap.  Ruthanne makes all sorts of covers that make you look stylish (not to mention your neck will thank you) while you’re photographing those oh-so-precious moments.  And there’s nothing like a little personalization when everyone and their mother is buying a dSLR these days, am I right?

{MEET RUTHANNE}


1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My family is a modern day Brady Bunch. When hubby and I met, I was a single mother of one and he was a single father of three. Now, after thirteen years of marriage, we’ve added four more children to our number and become convinced of the necessity of caffeine!

Here are some randomly random things about me . . . .

I homeschool.

I’ve been known to eat chocolate chips straight out of the bag.

I listen to classical music.

I love the arts.

I devour good literature.

I’m a compulsive baker.

I heart old, B&W movies.

My drug of choice is the Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks (Grande, please).

Show tunes make me happy.

I enjoy hiding behind my Nikon.

I dearly love to laugh.

2) What gave you the idea to start selling camera straps?
My friend started making some camera strap slip covers back in February and I wondered if I could make some. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I was giving so many camera strap covers away I figured I might as well sell them. And I kinda needed to cover all the expense from the obsessive fabric shopping I was doing. *snort*

3) How did you come up with your blog/shop name?
Short answer: It just came to me. *snort*

Long{er} answer: Both my blog and my shop are just an extension of who I am – how I think. I want each product to reflect me in someway. My personality, my quirks, my loves, my hopes.

4) What activities do you like doing with your family?
From an outsider’s perspective, our family probably looks pretty boring. We don’t “do” a whole lot. We just hang out, watch movies, play games, read books, and snuggle on the couch. This homebody loves it.

5) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Ooooh. Anything really, really chocolaty.

{GIVEAWAY}

Did I tell y’all that she liked to *snort* or what?  Ruthanne has so graciously offered to give away $25 credit to her dSLR camera strap cover shop!  Sweeeeeeeeet!

How to enter:

1. Visit Eclectic Whatnot and leave a comment with your favorite camera strap cover!

For additional entries, leave a separate comment for each action.  If you already follow the blogs/twitter, you can still enter by letting me know in your comment.  One entry per action.
2. Follow this blog with Google Friend Connect
3. Comment on any of Eclectic Whatnot’s blog posts and copy/paste the link here
4. Follow @sandyalamode and @eclecticwhatnot on twitter
5. Tweet about this giveaway (make sure to include @sandyalamode and @eclecticwhatnot in your tweet) in your own words, or use mine.

Feel free to use this tweet:
Need a dSLR camera strap cover? Enter a #GIVEAWAY to win $25 credit towards @eclecticwhatnot on @sandyalamode! http://bit.ly/fe9k09

This giveaway is open to US/Canada only and closes on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 12PM CST.  Good luck!

Entries for this giveaway have been closed, thanks for entering!


236 Comments

  1. January 19, 2011 / 10:04 am

    I LOVE the “P.S. I love you” Strap!! Great store!!

  2. January 19, 2011 / 10:05 am

    Im on your Google Friend Connect too!!

  3. January 19, 2011 / 10:08 am

    also following @eclecticwhatnot!! This is so great!!! Thank you for hosting this!

  4. January 19, 2011 / 10:09 am

    tweet tweet too!!

    @blatterastions

  5. January 19, 2011 / 10:27 am

    I LOVE the Josie Gellar – Special edition šŸ˜‰

  6. January 19, 2011 / 10:27 am

    My favorite strap cover is the The {Melanie Smooter} Edition!! šŸ™‚

  7. January 19, 2011 / 10:28 am

    I am following you on Google connect šŸ˜‰

  8. January 19, 2011 / 10:28 am

    AHH!! i love them!! (esp the melanie smooter ed)!

  9. January 19, 2011 / 10:29 am

    tweet.tweet.

  10. January 19, 2011 / 10:29 am

    follow.follow. =)

  11. January 19, 2011 / 10:30 am

    I am following with Google Friend Connect

  12. January 19, 2011 / 10:32 am

    I am following both twitter accounts!

    @kara_janelle

  13. January 19, 2011 / 10:35 am

    Hello purple ruffles! šŸ™‚ So wonderfu. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. January 19, 2011 / 10:46 am

    I lovvvve her camera straps!!! Ive always wanted one even when I didn’t have a dslr hahaha. My favorite is the Ever After, love the colors!!

  15. EliseKayEm
    January 19, 2011 / 10:46 am

    LOVE the Steel Magnolias strap cover!! šŸ™‚

  16. January 19, 2011 / 10:47 am

    I follow you! šŸ˜€

  17. EliseKayEm
    January 19, 2011 / 10:47 am

    I follow this blog via GFC!

  18. January 19, 2011 / 10:47 am

    These are awesome!! I would love the The {Melanie Smooter} Edition

  19. EliseKayEm
    January 19, 2011 / 10:47 am

    Following you both on twitter too!

  20. January 19, 2011 / 10:47 am

    Following you guys on twitter too!

  21. January 19, 2011 / 10:47 am

    I follow on Google Connect

  22. January 19, 2011 / 10:48 am

    I follow on Twitter

  23. January 19, 2011 / 10:50 am

    Oh and I just tweeted hehe

  24. January 19, 2011 / 10:54 am

    I love the Chocolat, but what I’d really love is the one from the header. That is my favorite shade of blue and the perfect background. šŸ™‚

  25. January 19, 2011 / 10:55 am

    I am a follower of your blog!!

  26. January 19, 2011 / 10:58 am

    You’re a giveaway queen today!! What is the occasion?! šŸ˜‰ I love the ever after strap!!

    <3 Ashley
    http://www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

  27. January 19, 2011 / 11:02 am

    I love the Serendipity cover.

  28. January 19, 2011 / 11:02 am

    I follow this blog with GFC.

  29. January 19, 2011 / 11:03 am

    Such a hard choice! I think Steel Magnolias might be my favorite right now [and I LOVE that movie!]

  30. FoxyMomma
    January 19, 2011 / 11:04 am

    i like the The {Melanie Smooter} Edition camera strap!

  31. January 19, 2011 / 11:04 am

    I follow both of you lovely ladies on twitter :]

  32. FoxyMomma
    January 19, 2011 / 11:07 am

    follow this blog

  33. FoxyMomma
    January 19, 2011 / 11:08 am

    follow both on twitter
    @jessicaecotten

  34. January 19, 2011 / 11:09 am

    I’m currently loving Ever After šŸ™‚ But I am a connoisseur of Eclectic Whatnot loveliness . . . so I {heart} them all really šŸ™‚

  35. January 19, 2011 / 11:34 am

    I love the Josie Gellar one!

  36. January 19, 2011 / 11:39 am

    Love Ruthanne! Well, I already own the Kathleen Kelly, but I also love the Josie Gellar strap!!

    xoxo~Meg

  37. January 19, 2011 / 11:41 am

    I follow you via GFC!
    xoxo~meg

  38. January 19, 2011 / 11:41 am

    I follow both you and Ruthanne on twitter!
    xoxo~Meg

  39. January 19, 2011 / 11:42 am

    I tweeted @megstwistedtree!

    oxo~Meg

  40. January 19, 2011 / 11:43 am

    I follow this blog!

  41. January 19, 2011 / 11:44 am

    I follow you both on Twitter! @basicallyjulie

  42. January 19, 2011 / 11:45 am

    I tweeted!

  43. January 19, 2011 / 11:46 am

    I love the names of her strap covers. So cute and cheeky! Iā€™m entering this because at some point this year I will own an SLR and how fabulous would it be to accessorize with one of these amazing straps!?

    My favorite one is The {Becky Bloomwood} Edition and I would use the credit towards that.

  44. January 19, 2011 / 11:46 am

    I follow your blog via Google Friend Connect.

  45. January 19, 2011 / 11:47 am

    I tweeted this #Giveaway!

  46. January 19, 2011 / 11:47 am

    I’m a “follower” on Google Connect!

  47. January 19, 2011 / 11:48 am

    I LOVE the Melanie Smooter edition! [That was such a cute movie]

  48. January 19, 2011 / 11:48 am

    I just sent the following twitter update about this: Need a dSLR camera strap cover ? Enter a #GIVEAWAY to win $25 credit towards @eclecticwhatnot on @sandyalamode! http://bit.ly/fe9k09

    (@ChicnPink)

  49. January 19, 2011 / 11:49 am

    I follow both on twitter, too! šŸ™‚

  50. January 19, 2011 / 11:57 am

    I follow your blog.

  51. January 19, 2011 / 12:02 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter.

  52. January 19, 2011 / 12:03 pm

    I tweeted!

  53. January 19, 2011 / 12:05 pm

    Kathleen Kelly! Love the strap, love the name!

  54. January 19, 2011 / 12:22 pm

    I love the Melanie Smooter strap! So, so, soooo cute!

  55. January 19, 2011 / 12:23 pm

    I follow you on Twitter – @whoa_aly

  56. January 19, 2011 / 12:24 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway!!

  57. January 19, 2011 / 12:27 pm

    I love the Serendipity camera strap. The print is so cute! I don’t yet have a DSLR, but I’m saving up for one, so this would be a great motivator to save!

  58. January 19, 2011 / 12:46 pm

    Love the Melanie Smooter strap! So cute!

  59. January 19, 2011 / 12:46 pm

    I follow with GFC

  60. January 19, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    Very cool idea! I adore The {Josie Geller} Edition, would go great with my camera! *snort*

  61. January 19, 2011 / 12:51 pm

    I love the Melanie Smooter! Hot pink, yes please!!

    lulu.today {{at}} gmail.com

  62. January 19, 2011 / 12:51 pm

    I follow your fab blog via GFC.

    lulu.today {{at}} gmail.com

  63. January 19, 2011 / 12:52 pm

    I follow you tweets!

    lulu.today {{at}} gmail.com

  64. January 19, 2011 / 12:55 pm

    Tweet Tweet!!! @luluwrites

    lulu.today {{at}} gmail.com

  65. January 19, 2011 / 12:58 pm

    I follow this blog on Google Friend

  66. January 19, 2011 / 1:06 pm

    i love the bright orange polka-dots of “just my luck” strap cover! so cute!! my camera could really use it too…

    lovely shop & interview!

    šŸ™‚

  67. January 19, 2011 / 1:07 pm

    i follow this blog!! šŸ™‚

  68. January 19, 2011 / 2:08 pm

    I really want the Kathleen Kelly. So me.

  69. January 19, 2011 / 2:08 pm

    i follow both on twitter

  70. January 19, 2011 / 2:11 pm

    i tweeted the giveaway

  71. January 19, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    Saving up for a DSLR and can’t wait to be able to buy one of Ruthanne’s straps! Love that girl!

    My fave is the Josie Geller! So pretty!

  72. January 19, 2011 / 4:27 pm

    I love the ‘Elizabeth Bennet’!

  73. January 19, 2011 / 4:28 pm

    oh my gosh!!
    i sure could you a fancy new camera strap for
    my fancy new camera šŸ˜‰

    i like her becky bloomwood one a lot (based on one of my favorite fictional characters!)

    <3

  74. January 19, 2011 / 4:29 pm

    i’m a blog follower (of course)! šŸ™‚

  75. January 19, 2011 / 4:30 pm

    i follow both of you on twitter (iamericaleigh)

    <3

  76. January 19, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    Can I have 2 favorites? First is “The {Josie Geller} Edition” mostly because my name is Josie. šŸ™‚ But my tie for favorite is “Chocolat”. I love the colors!

  77. January 19, 2011 / 4:57 pm

    I follow your blog through GFC!

  78. January 19, 2011 / 5:18 pm

    her camera straps are adorable!! my fave is the {Melanie Smooter} edition

  79. January 19, 2011 / 5:18 pm

    i follow šŸ™‚

  80. January 19, 2011 / 5:20 pm

    i now follow both of you crafty gals on twitter

  81. January 19, 2011 / 5:22 pm

    Oh, they are all so great! I think the Josie Geller might be my favorite, though!

  82. January 19, 2011 / 5:29 pm

    purple ruffles

  83. January 19, 2011 / 5:29 pm

    twitter follower

  84. January 19, 2011 / 5:29 pm

    google follower

  85. January 19, 2011 / 5:53 pm

    I loooove the Kathleen Kelly!

  86. January 19, 2011 / 5:54 pm

    I follow your blog

  87. January 19, 2011 / 5:55 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter

  88. January 19, 2011 / 5:55 pm

    I Tweeted about this giveaway

  89. January 19, 2011 / 7:30 pm

    i like the “p.s. i love you” one!

  90. January 19, 2011 / 7:31 pm

    i follow your blog šŸ™‚

  91. January 19, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    following through google friend connect

  92. January 19, 2011 / 9:18 pm

    oh my goodness I’ve been wanting a camera strap cover! My favorite one of her’s is P.S. I love you šŸ™‚

  93. January 19, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    And I follow you!

  94. January 19, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    I could certainly use a cute cover for my dSLR strap. šŸ™‚ Favorite cover… hmm… Can I pick two? šŸ˜‰ They are “Just My Luck” and “Chocolat.” They are all super cute! šŸ™‚

  95. January 19, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    I follow both of you on twitter!

  96. January 19, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    And I tweeted šŸ˜€

  97. January 19, 2011 / 9:20 pm

    I am a Sandy a la Mode GFC follower. šŸ™‚

  98. January 19, 2011 / 9:21 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter. šŸ™‚

  99. January 19, 2011 / 9:29 pm

    I’m LOVING the Josie Geller Edition camera strap. The colors are absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  100. January 19, 2011 / 10:08 pm

    I *want* to say that the Becky Bloomwood is my favorite, since she is one of my favorite book characters ever, BUT my fave is the Steel Magnolias. Good thing I like that movie šŸ˜‰

  101. January 19, 2011 / 10:09 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter (@afdjewelry)

  102. January 19, 2011 / 10:09 pm

    I follow with google friend connect

  103. January 19, 2011 / 10:15 pm

    I love the PS. I Love You!! strap!

  104. January 19, 2011 / 10:16 pm

    I am a fan of sandyalamode!!

  105. January 19, 2011 / 10:16 pm

    And just tweeted it!

  106. January 19, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    I follow both of you on twitter!

  107. January 19, 2011 / 10:20 pm

    Tweeted about it!! šŸ™‚

  108. January 19, 2011 / 10:40 pm

    I’m a fan of Leap Year and Just My Luck.

  109. January 19, 2011 / 10:41 pm

    I follow this blog šŸ™‚

  110. January 19, 2011 / 10:41 pm

    aaaaaand following you both on twitter!!

  111. January 19, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    I love the Melanie Smooter Edition!

  112. January 19, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    and I follow your blog!

  113. January 19, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    I’m in love with the Ever After camera strap. I’m a sucker for purple!

  114. January 19, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    I am following @sandyalamode and @eclecticwhatnot on twitter!

  115. Marlo
    January 19, 2011 / 11:38 pm

    I like the “Ever After” strap (close 2nd is “Steel Magnolias”)

  116. Marlo
    January 19, 2011 / 11:38 pm

    I follow you on Google Friend Connect

  117. Marlo
    January 19, 2011 / 11:40 pm

    I follow you both on twitter

  118. January 20, 2011 / 2:00 am

    Ooooh I love the “Ever After” strap!

    Following your blog and have tweeted this awesome giveaway šŸ™‚

  119. January 20, 2011 / 7:15 am

    My fav is steel magnolias!

  120. January 20, 2011 / 7:16 am

    I follow you on twitter @MommyinNJ

  121. January 20, 2011 / 8:46 am

    I’m also a follower!

  122. January 20, 2011 / 8:47 am

    And follow you both on twitter (@schelleysturdi1)!

  123. January 20, 2011 / 9:32 am

    the {melanie smooter} edition has fabulous color, I absolutely love it!

  124. Louisa
    January 20, 2011 / 9:32 am

    tweeted:)

  125. January 20, 2011 / 9:47 am

    I am a photographer so I would love to win the PS I Love You strap bc I love all things yellow. But also love the Chocolat strap!

  126. January 20, 2011 / 9:48 am

    I follow you on twitter

  127. January 20, 2011 / 9:51 am

    I’m following Ruthanne on Twitter

  128. January 20, 2011 / 10:45 am

    LOVE the chocolat one!

  129. January 20, 2011 / 10:46 am

    I follow you on Google friend connect šŸ™‚

  130. January 20, 2011 / 10:46 am

    I follow you on twitter šŸ˜€

  131. January 20, 2011 / 10:47 am

    Tweeted the giveaway @SimplySamanthaC

  132. January 20, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    following you on Google Friend!

  133. January 20, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    I follow this blog! šŸ™‚

  134. January 20, 2011 / 7:48 pm

    I love the melanie smooter edition.

  135. January 20, 2011 / 7:48 pm

    I follow this blog via GFC

  136. January 20, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    I follow both of your on twitter. @lttlegrlbigwrld

  137. January 20, 2011 / 7:58 pm

    I tweeted. @lttlegrlbigwrld

  138. January 20, 2011 / 8:56 pm

    I love the “PS. I Love You.” camera strap. So cute!

  139. January 20, 2011 / 8:57 pm

    I am following this blog with Google Friend Connect.

  140. January 20, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    my favorite strap is the Josie Gellar strap!

  141. January 20, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    I follow this blog

  142. January 21, 2011 / 9:04 am

    I LOVE Ever After
    Her covers are so beautiful!

  143. January 21, 2011 / 9:05 am

    of course i follow sandy a la mode!

  144. January 21, 2011 / 9:05 am

    i follow you both on twitter, too!

  145. January 21, 2011 / 10:53 am

    tweet tweet

    @blatterations

  146. January 21, 2011 / 4:23 pm

    Ohhh my heat pitter patters for the Melanie Smoot edition strap!!!!!

  147. January 21, 2011 / 4:28 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter!

  148. January 21, 2011 / 7:05 pm

    I LOVE The Emma Woodhosue Edition and The Becky Bloomwood Edition!

  149. January 21, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    I follow both of you on Twitter! (les852)

  150. January 21, 2011 / 7:11 pm

    I just love Ever After – it’s simple, but gorgeous!

  151. January 21, 2011 / 10:10 pm

    Hey Sandy! I JUST bought a Nikon d300 last weekend! Perfect timing for this giveaway šŸ™‚

    My fav camera strap cover is Serendipity šŸ™‚

  152. January 21, 2011 / 10:11 pm

    I follow you on GFC šŸ™‚

  153. January 21, 2011 / 10:11 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter as @cuteshopper šŸ™‚

  154. January 22, 2011 / 4:58 pm

    I would picked the Kathleen Kelly! And I’ve been “window” shopping for a camera strap cover for a couple of days now. This contest is perfect!

  155. January 22, 2011 / 4:59 pm

    I follow this blog through Google Friend Connect. :o)

  156. January 22, 2011 / 4:59 pm

    I follow you on Twitter too :o)

  157. January 22, 2011 / 5:08 pm

    I gotta say, I’m lovin’ the Elizabeth Bennett strap!

  158. January 22, 2011 / 5:09 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter, too.

  159. January 22, 2011 / 5:10 pm

    I just sent out a tweet! I hope I win!! I need a camera strap–desperately!

  160. January 22, 2011 / 5:38 pm

    I like the Josie Geller strap!! Super Cute!

  161. January 22, 2011 / 5:39 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter via @FamilyNLifeLV

  162. January 23, 2011 / 11:47 am

    oh Sandy, you know it’s a hard choice! let’s see, today I would choose Ever After as my favourite strap. tomorrow it could be totally different. I love them all!

  163. January 23, 2011 / 1:51 pm

    The “Just My Luck” strap is a great one for a family camera, it’s so bright and happy and it’s not easily lost! I adore it!
    AZinAugust{at}gmail{dot}com

  164. January 23, 2011 / 1:52 pm

    I follow via Google Friend Connect šŸ™‚

  165. January 23, 2011 / 2:34 pm

    my faves? {Marianne Dashwood} and Ever After. so pretty and feminine, you know?
    Sarah-Anne

  166. January 23, 2011 / 2:37 pm

    i follow you, little miss giveaway blog!
    Sarah-Anne

  167. January 24, 2011 / 12:16 pm

    Camera straps! What an awesome giveaway…hopefully i have the lucky charm, i could use one of those!

  168. Sandy
    January 24, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    My favorite is Chocolat, I love the pattern!

  169. Sandy
    January 24, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    Follow through GFC as sandyandcosmo.

  170. January 24, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    My favorite camera strap cover is The Josie Geller one.

  171. Brandy
    January 24, 2011 / 4:54 pm

    Just my luck is my fave

  172. Brandy
    January 24, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    Following both on twitter Brandylwilson

  173. Amy
    January 24, 2011 / 5:04 pm

    I love the Serendipity design.

  174. January 24, 2011 / 8:25 pm

    OMG, i made it just in time to enter this gorgeous giveaway!! I adore lovely sweet Ruthanne’s work!! Thanks so much for such a beautiful giveaway! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to yoU!

  175. January 24, 2011 / 10:02 pm

    omg. need the {melanie smooter} edition!

    noble1ofgod(at)gmail(dot)com

  176. Jolee
    January 24, 2011 / 10:04 pm

    Love “Just My luck”

  177. January 24, 2011 / 10:04 pm

    I am following your blog.

    noble1ofgod(at)gmail(dot)com

  178. Jolee
    January 24, 2011 / 10:05 pm

    follow on gfc.

  179. January 24, 2011 / 10:08 pm

    added the giveaway to the giveaway section on my blog.

  180. Lorie Smith
    January 25, 2011 / 8:20 am

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Becky Bloomwood!

  181. Shannon
    January 25, 2011 / 10:25 am

    I really like the Emma woodhouse cover!! It is so cute

  182. Marija
    January 25, 2011 / 12:31 pm

    I love the Ever After design!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  183. Marija
    January 25, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    following you both on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  184. Marija
    January 25, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    following you via GFC

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com