Saturday, December 4, 2010

Merry Fluffy Christmas - Giveaway #5

Wow. This marks the last day of the Merry Fluffy Christmas event and there have been some great prizes!

I've saved something different for the end.

The hands behind Hippogryff's Nest belong to Janet, a mom of two who discovered the wonders of wool when she was using cloth diapers and doing part-time elimination communication with her youngest.
I made a polyester fleece pad for her to sleep on but noticed she would wake up all sweaty, even in the winter! Right about then I also tried wool diaper covers, and just loved how breathable but waterproof they were. When I found out there were wool pads for sleeping on I looked all around, but couldn't find any I could afford!
(Does that sound familiar? It does to me. That's about where I was when I found Hippogryff's Nest on Etsy!)
I had visited our local Pendleton Outlet Store in Washougal before, and knew they carried some fabric back in the corner behind all the clothes and blankets. I went and bought some, and fulled it a little (which I had done before with projects I'd knitted), not nearly as much as I do on the ones I make now, and they have worked great for us ever since! I thought surely there were other folks like me, who need this item so basic to baby and toddler care (at least it became a real essential for us!), looking for an affordable option. And I love to support a local business that has been here for so many years, and in turn the farmers/ranchers that grow the wool here in the US. I think that is pretty cool.
So Janet makes and sells (at a very reasonable price) wool pads that are very useful both in and out of the house. We bought one (and then another) from her earlier this year and they were great in the summer for letting our infant lie and sit around with just a cloth diaper, or less, on. And now that it's cold out, we still use them (see the second part of this giveaway). I must admit, I've only used them in my girls' beds a couple of times, but I'd love to use them more. Anyway, more from Janet (who also writes books!).
I enjoy making them too. I have been sewing since I was in junior high school, thanks to my mom. I learned to sew on my great-grandma's 1940s Singer, which I still have (and use, sometimes!). And I love sewing for my kids. It feels great to make something useful and custom-made just for them, and gives a great sense of purpose to a hobby I already enjoy.
So for this giveaway, one lucky winner will get a Hippogryff's Nest crib-sized wool pad (worth $28)!

AND, there is a second piece as well.

BabyLegs is generously giving a gift pack (worth $50) to a winner on each of the Merry Fluffy Christmas blogs.

I'm guessing that if you use cloth diapers, you know about leggings and probably own at least a pair. When I first saw them at a store, I thought they were just too cute and I think I was still pregnant with my first! Now each of my girls has a few pairs and they get a lot of use out of them. They make diaper changing really quick and easy with these little squirmy ones. We used them a lot this summer for our infant as she hung around on the wool pad (see above). And now they are great for wearing with pants or dresses as an extra layer.I've heard they are great as arm-warmers, but we haven't tried that yet.

They have a lot of cute prints too, which the winner will be able to choose!
The gift pack will include:

(2) BabyLegs Leg Warmers
(1) Pair of Baby Socks
(1) Pair of Girl Tights OR (2) Pairs Boy Socks

So, for this giveaway you'll need:
the Hippogryff's Nest Etsy Shop link at
the BabyLeg's website at

This giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm on Dec 7th. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.


You'll definitely want to visit all of the Merry Fluffy Christmas blogs for more fabulous giveaways! All winners will be announced on December 8th.

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