Sponsor Love + Giveaway – For The Love Of Joy

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Today’s lovely giveaway is brought to you by the beautiful momma, Anna!  Anna’s blog was one of the first ones I started reading when I started blogging.  Her blog is super inspirational for those trying to juggle family time and a handmade business.  The items she sews for her shop are made with perfection and of the happiest mix of fabrics!  You can find accessories for your cup of coffee or tea such as coffee sleeves and mug rugs, boppy pillows for your newborn baby, personalized name and scripture pillows, hoop art to decorate your crafting space, camera strap sleeves for your DSLR and more!

{MEET ANNA}

 

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello!  My name is Anna Joy.  I follow Jesus.  I am an Indie Girl who is in love with a Cowboy.  We have a 2 year old son who we are crazy about.  I was born in Virginia but I call Texas my home.  I am studying Visual Communications (aka graphic design) and *should* be done soon.  I recently quit my web editing job to pursue my sewing business, For The Love of Joy, full time and it is the best decision I have ever made.  I feel extremely blessed to be able to pursue my dreams!  I am photography enthusiast and try to practice my mad skills daily.  I also enjoy cooking and baking and am always trying to feed my family the healthiest foods.

2) What inspired you to set up shop?
My fiancee, Ben, was the one who really encouraged me to start selling my handmade items.  I would talk about doing that for years and then one day he pretty much said, “Stop talking, more doing.”  And so I did!  The first year of business was very hard as I didn’t really understand the whole aspect of promoting my business.  I signed up for the Indie Biz e-courses (ran by Leigh Ann from Freckled Nest) and that was when things started taking off.  My sales were pretty good for about 6 months and then I decided to take time off from the shop to focus on my classes.  However, that didn’t stop me from sewing!  I started signing up to participate in sewing swaps over on Flickr.  I made a lot of new online friends who were passionate over sewing/quilting like I was.  My craftsmanship became so much better and I was challenged to try making things I had never made before.  I love doing swaps!  Later in the year, I had the feeling that I needed to open my shop again.  My contract work as a web editor became slow so I wasn’t bringing in a lot of money so it seemed like a good idea but of course, I needed to pray over it.  Two days later, two people approached me and asked if I would be willing to do giveaways for their blog because they had loved my shop so much.  My prayers were answered!  I opened again during Thanksgiving weekend and business has doubled within the last two months giving me the ability to quilt web editing and focus on my biz full time!

 

3) Who are your favorite fabric designers?
Hmmm, how to choose???  I am in love with all modern designer fabrics but my very favorite designers are Joel Dewberry, Lizzy House, Amy Butler, and Dena Designs.  I am drawn to bright colors and eclectic patterns which all these designers have in their fabric lines!

4) What do you like to do in your free time besides sewing and blogging?
I love to cook and bake and eat, watch funny movies, play outside with my little man, and sleep!

5) What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and cream, hands down!

 

{GIVEAWAY}

 

Anna is giving away $30 credit to her beautiful shop, to one lucky winner!!

 

How to enter:

You must be a Google Friend Connect follower of Sandy a la Mode

1. Visit For The Love Of Joy and leave a comment with your favorite item!

For additional entries, leave a separate comment for each action.
2. Be a Google Friend Connect follower of Anna’s blog
3. Heart (add to favorites) For The Love Of Joy on etsy
4. Follow @sandyalamode and @thejoycottage on twitter
5. Blog, facebook, or tweet about this giveaway (make sure to include @sandyalamode and @thejoycottage in your tweet) and include the link (one entry each)

Feel free to use this tweet:
Need a new mug rug, coffee sleeve, pillow, or hoop art? Win $30 credit to @thejoycottage’s shop on @sandyalamode! http://bit.ly/h0tZhf

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and closes on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 12PM CST.  Good luck!

Entries for this giveaway have been closed! Thanks!


213 Comments

  1. Kristine Andres
    February 22, 2011 / 8:58 pm

    love the camera straps. so adorable!

  2. Kristine Andres
    February 22, 2011 / 8:58 pm

    i hearted the shop on etsy πŸ™‚

  3. Kristine Andres
    February 22, 2011 / 8:59 pm

    and im following you both on twitter @keandres13

  4. Kristine Andres
    February 22, 2011 / 9:00 pm

    following her blog!

  5. Kristine Andres
    February 22, 2011 / 9:01 pm

    i tweeted! @keandres13

  6. February 22, 2011 / 9:04 pm

    I love it all! I really like the coffee cup sleeves and camera straps.

  7. February 22, 2011 / 9:04 pm

    Hearted her shop!!

  8. February 22, 2011 / 9:07 pm

    I love the Patchwork Camera Strap Sleeve! I’ve actually been eyeing it for a while now… πŸ™‚

  9. February 22, 2011 / 9:08 pm

    I follow both of you on twitter!

  10. Lulu T.
    February 22, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    My favorite item would have to be the Hoop Art – I (heart) Sewing! πŸ˜€ I’m also a follower via GFC!

  11. February 22, 2011 / 9:11 pm

    I “hearted” For The Love Of Joy on Etsy πŸ™‚

    I had previously “hearted” the patchwork camera strap, but I just “hearted” the shop! πŸ™‚

  12. February 22, 2011 / 9:12 pm

    I just Google Friend Connected Anna’s blog!

  13. February 22, 2011 / 9:13 pm

    HI Anna:) Totally in love with the coffee cozies:)

  14. February 22, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    I love every camera strap and coffee sleeve! They’re all precious. πŸ™‚

  15. February 22, 2011 / 9:20 pm

    tweeted from @allisonmseward as well. What a cute giveaway!

  16. February 22, 2011 / 9:21 pm

    Oh, also favorited For the Love of Joy on Etsy!

  17. February 22, 2011 / 9:27 pm

    I follow via GFC! And I love the boppy cover!

  18. February 22, 2011 / 9:30 pm

    I follow Anna’s blog via GFC!

  19. February 22, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter (@okiebelle)

  20. February 22, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    Her stuff is SO cute! My favorite is the bunting flags pillow!

  21. February 22, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    I follow on Twitter!

  22. February 22, 2011 / 9:33 pm

    I really like Anna’s pincushions πŸ™‚

  23. February 22, 2011 / 9:34 pm

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

  24. February 22, 2011 / 9:35 pm

    Tweeted!

  25. February 22, 2011 / 9:35 pm

    And I followed Anna’s blog on GFC (ended up being her 100th follower πŸ™‚ )

  26. February 22, 2011 / 9:38 pm

    I have had my eye on that boppy cover for a while! I love her shop!

  27. jc
    February 22, 2011 / 9:44 pm

    There’s so much joy and warmth in the Quilted Scripture Pillow, love it! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  28. February 22, 2011 / 9:44 pm

    Oh, I adore her things – old-timey but modern! I’m particularly partial to her Quilted Patchwork Pillow. I love patchwork in small bits like this!

  29. February 22, 2011 / 9:46 pm

    I follow your blog on Google Friend Connect, and my favorite item is the Camera Strap Cover. So cute! πŸ™‚

  30. February 22, 2011 / 9:51 pm

    i love this Quilted Text Pillow -Joy alot because it makes me feel happy!

  31. February 22, 2011 / 10:05 pm

    I just adore her camera straps! Such an inspirational blog, thanks for sharing!

  32. February 22, 2011 / 10:11 pm

    tweet, tweet!!!

  33. February 22, 2011 / 10:14 pm

    I love the quilted boppy cover

  34. February 22, 2011 / 10:14 pm

    I like the boppy cover

  35. February 22, 2011 / 10:17 pm

    The Joy Quilted Text Pillow is so pretty! I would definitely use the credit towards that. You know I’m already a happy follower of your blog πŸ™‚

  36. February 22, 2011 / 10:18 pm

    I am now following Anna’s blog.

  37. February 22, 2011 / 10:20 pm

    I just hearted For the Love of Joy on Etsy!

  38. Sarah
    February 22, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    Love the Bunting Flags pillow! so adorable!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  39. Sarah
    February 22, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    I’m a Google Friend Connect follower of Anna’s blog πŸ™‚

  40. February 22, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    Love this etsy shop! My favourite is the patchwork pillow…so cute!

  41. Sarah
    February 22, 2011 / 10:23 pm

    Heart For The Love Of Joy on etsy (HolyCuteCA).

  42. February 22, 2011 / 10:24 pm

    I have added this giveaway to the sidebar of my blog under the giveaways section with a link back to this post!

  43. Sarah
    February 22, 2011 / 10:25 pm

    Following @sandyalamode and @thejoycottage on twitter (Sarit_Gabay)

  44. February 22, 2011 / 10:30 pm

    I just sent the following Tweet: Need a new mug rug, coffee sleeve, pillow, or hoop art? Win $30 credit to @thejoycottage’s shop on @sandyalamode! http://bit.ly/h0tZhf

  45. February 22, 2011 / 10:39 pm

    I am now Anna’s follower too:)

  46. February 22, 2011 / 10:45 pm

    Lovely- the quilted pillow is super cute-
    thanks for hosting.

  47. February 22, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    Hearted her shop!!

  48. February 23, 2011 / 12:51 am

    What a fabulous giveaway! i love her hop and pillows with scripture! And the mug rugs are too cute as well!

  49. February 23, 2011 / 1:17 am

    Hearted the shop (BLehner)!

  50. Knititall
    February 23, 2011 / 3:19 am

    Love the mug rugs – especially the Valentine’s day ticker tape one!

  51. Knititall
    February 23, 2011 / 3:20 am

    I follow you both on twitter @knititall

  52. Knititall
    February 23, 2011 / 3:21 am

    Signed up to follow her blog with friend connect πŸ™‚

  53. February 23, 2011 / 6:52 am

    what don’t i like from Anna’s shop?!? but the “joy” pillow is definitely my favorite.

  54. February 23, 2011 / 6:53 am

    <3'd her shop on etsy!

  55. February 23, 2011 / 6:54 am

    follow you both on twitter πŸ™‚ @kdaviscreates

  56. February 23, 2011 / 6:57 am

    tweeted πŸ™‚ @kdaviscreates

  57. Renee
    February 23, 2011 / 7:06 am

    i love the quilted patchwork pillow~!

    and i follow your blog via google

  58. February 23, 2011 / 7:11 am

    just came across your blog and it’s soooo cute! xoxo i love the quilted patchwork pillow!

  59. February 23, 2011 / 7:14 am

    I LOVE the quilted scripture pillow! How cute for Christmas!

  60. February 23, 2011 / 7:34 am

    Oh I love her sweet little pincushions and the patchwork pillow!

    *kate

    (I follow on GFC!)

  61. February 23, 2011 / 7:35 am

    I hearted the shop on facebook!

    *kate

  62. February 23, 2011 / 7:48 am

    I like the coffee sleeves and the quilted Scripture pillow. I think I’d keep it out all year long!

  63. February 23, 2011 / 7:49 am

    Following The Joy Cottage blog now. πŸ™‚

  64. February 23, 2011 / 7:51 am

    Following both of you on Twitter now.

  65. February 23, 2011 / 8:10 am

    I love the “I heart Sew” Hoop, very cute! the coffee cuffs are adorable as well!!

  66. February 23, 2011 / 8:11 am

    Following her blog now!!

  67. February 23, 2011 / 8:11 am

    I’ve “hearted” For the Love of Joy’s shop on etsy πŸ™‚ WEE

  68. February 23, 2011 / 8:52 am

    The pastel coffee sleeve would sure make me fill less guilty about all of the caffeine!

  69. February 23, 2011 / 8:53 am

    Added For The Love of Joy to my Etsy Favorites!

  70. February 23, 2011 / 8:54 am

    Following @sandyalamode and @thejoycottage on twitter!

  71. February 23, 2011 / 9:02 am

    I love the boppy cover!

  72. February 23, 2011 / 9:42 am

    LOVE her hoop art…as well as her Stripe Pin Cushion!

  73. February 23, 2011 / 9:45 am

    retweeted this fabulous giveaway
    burlapbluesays

  74. Rebecca
    February 23, 2011 / 10:07 am

    I love the quilted patckwork pillow.

  75. Rebecca
    February 23, 2011 / 10:07 am

    I follow this blog with GFC. πŸ™‚

  76. February 23, 2011 / 11:23 am

    I love the scripture pillow!

  77. February 23, 2011 / 11:31 am

    I follow her blog!

  78. February 23, 2011 / 11:35 am

    I added her shop to my favorites!

  79. February 23, 2011 / 11:35 am

    I follow you both on Twitter!

  80. February 23, 2011 / 12:31 pm

    following her blog.

  81. February 23, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    love the Pin Cushion – Stripe!

  82. February 23, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    i hearted her etsy shop!

  83. February 23, 2011 / 12:33 pm

    i tweeted!

  84. February 23, 2011 / 12:40 pm

    My first instinct was to say the hoop art , but I love the Mug Rugs! How cute are those? I know I’d use one – I always have coffee next to me πŸ™‚

  85. February 23, 2011 / 12:41 pm

    I am now following her blog!

  86. February 23, 2011 / 12:42 pm

    I have hearted her shop!

  87. February 23, 2011 / 12:45 pm

    I am now following you both as @AshleyPahl

  88. February 23, 2011 / 12:47 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  89. February 23, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    Favorite Item is the camera straps πŸ™‚
    I am buying my rebel next week so hehe!

  90. February 23, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    I ♥Hearted her Etsy Shop !

    xo

  91. Angela Morgan
    February 23, 2011 / 2:18 pm

    My favorite is the scripture pillow!

  92. February 23, 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Follower!

  93. February 23, 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Tweeted <3

  94. February 23, 2011 / 8:38 pm

    I love the I (heart) sewing hoop art! πŸ™‚

  95. February 23, 2011 / 8:42 pm

    I’m following Anna’s blog! πŸ™‚

  96. February 23, 2011 / 8:42 pm

    For the Love of Joy is an Etsy favorite of mine! πŸ™‚ (And I favorited the I (heart) Sewing hoop! πŸ™‚ )

  97. February 23, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    I’m following both of you on twitter now! (I was already following you, but now I’m following Anna as well! πŸ™‚ )

  98. February 23, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    I tweeted! πŸ™‚ ( @wendaybird )

  99. February 23, 2011 / 10:16 pm

    What a cute shop! My fav is the I heart sewing hoop art!

  100. February 23, 2011 / 10:17 pm

    Tweeted! (@piperpost)

  101. February 23, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    Love the childs name pillows. Those would be perfect for my boys’ rooms!

  102. February 23, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    I heart her Etsy shop

  103. February 23, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter.

  104. February 23, 2011 / 10:23 pm

    …and I am now a follower of her blog πŸ™‚ I have no idea why I wasn’t following before, as I have been a big fan of her shop for a while now!

  105. February 23, 2011 / 10:30 pm

    I love the bible verse pillows.

  106. February 23, 2011 / 10:30 pm

    I follow Anna’s blog

  107. February 23, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    I follow both of you on Twitter.

  108. February 23, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    I heart her on Etsy.

  109. February 23, 2011 / 10:32 pm

    I tweeted.

  110. February 24, 2011 / 8:07 am

    My fave item is the Valentine pillow.

  111. February 24, 2011 / 8:08 am

    I follow Sandy on twitter.

  112. February 24, 2011 / 8:09 am

    I’ve tweeted the giveaway.

  113. Katie
    February 24, 2011 / 8:44 am

    I absolutely love the children’s names on the pillows with scripture! How awesome!

  114. Katie
    February 24, 2011 / 8:45 am

    Following Anna’s blog!

  115. Katie
    February 24, 2011 / 8:46 am

    folllowing you both on twitter! @kbberger

  116. Katie
    February 24, 2011 / 8:46 am

    tweeted πŸ™‚ @kbberger

  117. Katie
    February 24, 2011 / 8:52 am

    hearted her shop on etsy!

  118. February 24, 2011 / 9:41 am

    Love the patchwork coffee sleves!

  119. February 24, 2011 / 9:50 am

    oOO I love the coffee sleeve!

  120. February 24, 2011 / 9:51 am

    already her follower and of our course urs!

  121. February 24, 2011 / 9:52 am

    tweeted!!!

  122. February 24, 2011 / 9:54 am

    already follower of twitter

  123. February 24, 2011 / 10:42 am

    I love the bunting flag mug rugs!

  124. February 24, 2011 / 10:42 am

    I heart her shop! (yesteacher)

  125. February 24, 2011 / 10:43 am

    I follow her blog πŸ™‚

  126. February 24, 2011 / 10:43 am

    I follow you both on twitter (@yes_teacher)

  127. Shannon
    February 24, 2011 / 1:10 pm

    Quilted Scripture Pillow – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – LOVE THIS!

  128. Shannon
    February 24, 2011 / 1:11 pm

    I follow the Joy Cottage on GFC.

  129. Shannon
    February 24, 2011 / 1:12 pm

    I follow both of you on twitter (@channynn).

  130. February 24, 2011 / 2:05 pm

    I think the Mug Rugs are sooo cute!! Everything is cute! I follow your blog.

  131. February 24, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    I follow your blog using google!

  132. February 24, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    I added the etsy shop to my favorites!

  133. February 24, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    I follow both on Twitter!

  134. February 24, 2011 / 2:08 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway!

  135. February 24, 2011 / 2:14 pm

    I also heart her etsy shop!

  136. February 24, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    New follower of you both on Twitter! πŸ™‚ Love the mug rugs, so unique & fun.

  137. February 24, 2011 / 5:41 pm

    Cute! I love her camera straps! πŸ™‚

  138. February 24, 2011 / 5:41 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter. πŸ™‚

  139. February 24, 2011 / 10:37 pm

    My favorite is the “moms can do all things…” hoop art!

  140. February 24, 2011 / 10:37 pm

    And I’m a follower of her blog!

  141. February 24, 2011 / 10:38 pm

    and her shop has been one of my “hearted” etsy shops for a little while now πŸ™‚

  142. February 25, 2011 / 1:23 am

    The “I Heart Sewing” hoop art is my favorite. πŸ™‚

  143. February 25, 2011 / 1:23 am

    I’m following Anna’s blog.

  144. February 25, 2011 / 1:24 am

    I follow you both on twitter. (@SingNightingale)

  145. February 25, 2011 / 1:25 am

    I tweeted the giveaway. (@SingNightingale)

  146. February 25, 2011 / 2:23 pm

    I love the bunting flag pillow!

  147. February 25, 2011 / 2:24 pm

    I follow via GFC!

  148. February 25, 2011 / 3:22 pm

    I am loving the coffee sleeves!!!!

  149. February 25, 2011 / 3:23 pm

    I heart For the love of Joy on Etsy!

  150. February 25, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter @SheLikesRuffles

  151. Beth T.
    February 25, 2011 / 5:38 pm

    I am crazy about the camera straps!

  152. February 25, 2011 / 9:22 pm

    I follow you both on twitter!

  153. February 25, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    Love the camera straps and pillows! I happen to need one for my new camera!

  154. Beth T.
    February 25, 2011 / 11:04 pm

    I favorited (is that a verb?) Anna’s shop on etsy.

  155. February 26, 2011 / 12:36 am

    would LOVE a camera strap!

  156. Lindsay
    February 26, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    I love the personalized scripture pillow!

  157. Lindsay
    February 26, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    I follow both of you on twitter.

  158. Lindsay
    February 26, 2011 / 8:46 pm

    I “heart” her on Etsy!

  159. February 27, 2011 / 5:36 pm

    I love the quilted scripture pillow, it is wonderful!

  160. February 27, 2011 / 5:39 pm

    sunshine
    Congratulations, sunshine
    You are now following The Joy Cottage

  161. February 27, 2011 / 5:41 pm

    Heart (add to favorites) For The Love Of Joy on etsy

  162. February 27, 2011 / 5:42 pm

    Follow @sandyalamode and @thejoycottage on twitter

  163. February 27, 2011 / 5:43 pm

    autumnsunshine Jenn Wells
    {NEW GIVEAWAY} Need a new mug rug, coffee sleeve, or pillow? Win $30 credit to @thejoycottage’s shop on @sandyalamode! http://bit.ly/h0tZhf

  164. Marija
    February 27, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    I love the patchwork pin cushion!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  165. Marija
    February 27, 2011 / 7:10 pm

    following Anna’s blog via GFC

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  166. Marija
    February 27, 2011 / 7:10 pm

    following both on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  167. jacqueline v
    February 28, 2011 / 5:30 pm

    the quilted text pillow – joy is my favorite

  168. Sandy
    February 28, 2011 / 8:52 pm

    I love the camera strap sleeves. I follow your blog through GFC as sandyandcosmo. Thanks for the giveaway!

  169. malinda
    February 28, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    The coffee holders are very cute!!

  170. February 28, 2011 / 10:00 pm

    Google Friend Connect!

  171. February 28, 2011 / 10:00 pm

    Tweeted! @iamashleyk

  172. February 28, 2011 / 10:00 pm

    Following on twitter!

  173. Susan H
    February 28, 2011 / 10:48 pm

    I love the personalized pillows.

  174. February 28, 2011 / 10:48 pm

    I love your blog! The graphics and color scheme are really cute… love love love.

    I would have to say my fave item is the little hoop art about moms… my mom is a Christian and loves handmade things and I think she would really enjoy that.

    Alyssa
    alyon006@odu.edu
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rebelbellevintage

  175. Lili
    March 1, 2011 / 3:57 am

    My favourite item is Moms Can Do All Things Hoop Art! *.*

    lilibang008@gmail.com

  176. Lili
    March 1, 2011 / 3:59 am

    2. I’m a Google Friend Connect follower of Anna’s blog

  177. Kasia
    March 1, 2011 / 6:53 am

    GFC follower of Sandy a la Mode – Goga

    I love the Camera Strap Sleeve!

    gogunia3(at)wp(dot)pl

  178. Kasia
    March 1, 2011 / 6:54 am

    GFC follower of Anna’s blog – Goga

    gogunia3(at)wp(dot)pl

  179. Kasia
    March 1, 2011 / 6:56 am

    Follow @sandyalamode and @thejoycottage on twitter (@Kaziutka)

    gogunia3(at)wp(dot)pl

  180. sleepwalker
    March 1, 2011 / 8:15 am

    I am in love with Quilted Patchwork Pillow. Supercute x

    titina.b@seznam.cz

  181. March 1, 2011 / 10:32 am

    not sure what’s going on with my last comment. weird.