Thursday, June 10, 2010

Out to Lunch (A Giveaway)

There are many things I love about living in Texas, but my mailman isn’t one of them. Which is ironic, because my mailman used to be one of the things I loved most about living in Texas. My old mailman was a great guy. Now who says that about their mailman?! My old mailman used to let my neighbor’s dog ride in his mail jeep with him while he made his rounds. My old mailman new all his stay-at-home-moms and work-at-home dads by name. Really. He’d greet you by name when he delivered a package to your door. My old mailman looked the other way when I’d conduct a little illegal business through my mailbox. Now don’t go getting all ‘Ooooo, she’s a dope dealer’ excited about this. Years ago I had a pet sitting business. I used to leave paperwork and paychecks in my mailbox for my employees to pick up – which is illegal. Did you know the only thing allowed by law to go into and come out of your mailbox is mail? Technically speaking, your mailbox is not YOUR mailbox? It’s considered property of the US Postal Service?

Well, my new mailman is a problem. Especially lately. He seems nice. He waves at the kiddos and hands them the mail when they beg him for it. But, he’s a liar…and a thief. He says he can’t pick up pre-posted packages from my mailbox – that I have to take them to the post office. Liar, liar, pants on fire! He says he delivers ‘confirmed delivery’ packages to my door and then goes pack to the Post Office and marks them ‘undeliverable as addressed’ and then they disappear forever. Thief! And he loses my packages – like my Mom’s Mother’s Day gift that took 2 ½ weeks to get to her, and the Once Bitten samples I sent to a troop of soldiers doing special training in a bug-infested jungle. The new mailman, who is obviously not a Texan, is totally out to lunch!

Speaking of lunch…. Back in January, to celebrate my birthday, I featured a handful of Etsy shops that were born on my birthday. One of those shops, Apeyleedesigns, makes the cutest bags and lunchboxes. April (aka: Apeylee) recently sent me a lunchbox to review and give away to one of you lucky readers. This is the one that my mailman is eating his lunch out of everyday…because he stole it! From me!! And I’m pretty mad about it. But April, who is obviously nice enough to be a Texan, still wants to do the giveaway – even though she’s already lost one lunchbox to the USPS.

So here’s what’s up for grabs: one of her beautiful handmade lunchboxes - any one you like! Each lunchbox features coordinated fabrics; a thermocool lining to keep things cool and fresh; a laminated interior for easy clean up; a Velcro closure to keep your yummies from falling out; and two convenient exterior pockets for utensils, napkins, your legally licensed concealled weapon - in case you need to go postal, etc. (JKOC...about the weapon, not about all the great features.)

To enter:

- Visit April’s shop and then come back here and tell me which item you like best (this step is manditory for entry.)

You can receive bonus entries by doing any of the following:

- Follow April’s blog: one bonus entry
- Heart Apeyleedesigns: one bonus entry
- Buy something from her shop: two bonus entries
- Follow my blog: one bonus entry

Leave me comments for each thing you do – with a way of contacting you, please.

The giveaway will close at midnight, CST, on June 19 – April’s 5 month Etsyversary (and my Mom’s birthday.)

Good luck!

105 comments:

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe this mailman!

T @ Poppy Place said...

Hi D, Your mailman needs your fav. flower :)

April's shop is gorgeous :) I hearted her shop :) And this item too :)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/45637118/love-is-in-the-air

What a lovely giveaway :) T.

VeganCraftastic said...

I think my fave is her pink and brown lunch box, I love that color combo!

-craftytofu at yahoo

VeganCraftastic said...

I'm following April's blog now.

-crafytofu at yahoo

VeganCraftastic said...

I just hearted her shop too!

-craftytofu at yahoo

VeganCraftastic said...

I'm following your blog now too!

-crafytofu at yahoo

Sharon said...

I love the lunchbox in the Amy Butler red Love fabric!

And boo to that postman!

yepfinleywedding at gmail dot com

Kelly Irene said...

Your mailman is a creep! I once had a package delivered to me that had been *opened and emptied*! I was told since there was no insurance the post office would do nothing about it. That is ridiculous! Who does that anyways?!
I like this lunch bag: http://www.etsy.com/listing/38864545/amy-butler-red
Thank you for the giveaway! (and I hope your mailman moves on soon.)
irenedesign@ ymail.com

Bao said...

I love the Brown & Turquoise lunch bag (on April's blog...although it's not showing up on Etsy). If that's not available, I also like the Brown & Pink. Thank you!

Bao said...

Following April's blog! (oops, forgot to leave my email address above...I'm the same person...how many entrants do you have named "Bao" anyhow, right?)

giabao.ng at gmail dot com

Bao said...

I hearted April's Etsy!

giabao.ng at gmail dot com

Bao said...

I'm followin' your blog!

giabao.ng at gmail dot com

Elizabeth W said...

The Purple Dream Tote.......fabulous!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/43297715/purple-dream-tote

The colors are beautiful, they go so well together!

Elizabeth W
MIMIBUNNY11@aol.com

Elizabeth W said...
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Elizabeth W said...

Following April's Blog!

Elizabeth W
MIMIBUNNY11@aol.com

Elizabeth W said...

Hearted Apeyleedesigns, under my etsy name TheArtMart.

Elizabeth W
MIMIBUNNY11@aol.com

Elizabeth W said...

following your blog!

Elizabeth W
MIMIBUNNY11@aol.com

Jessica said...

I want the lunch box!

cobb.ja@gmail.com

Heather said...

The Red Amy Butler lunch bag is awesome!

Celeste said...

I love the Joel Dewberry beach bag!

celeste@mail4me.com

Celeste said...

just became a follower of April's blog

celeste@mail4me.com

Celeste said...

and, I just became a follower of your blog :)

celeste@mail4me.com

Liz said...

I love that Pink Brown Lunch Box Revisited

TopHat said...

I love the Healing Bag! I could really use a nice lunchbox! Hope I win.

hrfarley at gmail dot com

Amy said...

The Amy Butler Love Lunchbox...I must make it mine.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/41715208/amy-butler-love-lunch-box

amymbrennan
at
hotmail
dot
com

Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy said...

I'm following your blog

amymbrennan
at
hotmail
dot
com

Amy said...

Added shop to favs on etsy
user name amymbrennan

amymbrennan
at
hotmail
dot
com

Amy said...

Following Apey Lee's blog

amymbrennan
at
hotmail
dot
com

Viva said...

I love the Purple Dream Tote. Contact info on my blog. Thanks!

Viva said...

I follow your blog.

Leigh said...

my favorite item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/38864545/amy-butler-red

leighDOTonedayatatimeATgmailDOTcom

Leigh said...

I hearted the Etsy store, my id is LLadd

leighDOTonedayatatimeATgmailDOTcom

Samy said...

I love- http://www.etsy.com/listing/41715208/amy-butler-love-lunch-box

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

Samy said...

I follow April’s blog

Samy said...

I hearted Apeyleedesigns

lil misses' mama said...

boo on that mailman! what is he doing with a flowery lunch pail anyways?
i love the Amy Butler Red one! We seem to be out and about this summer, taking lunches and dinners on the go, so this would be a real treat!
email in profile

lil misses' mama said...

I hearted her shop! username: festivefrills
email in profile

lil misses' mama said...

I follow April's blog
email in profile

T said...

I like the Amy Butler Red lunch box.
huffychic@gmail.com

Alycia (The Curious Pug) said...

such a pretty shop! i like the Amy Butler Love Lunch Box :)

thanks for the chance!
--alycia
curiouspug@hotmail.com

Aik said...

I love the Amy Butler Romance Wristlet.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I hearted the shop (bloomingblossom)

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I follow your blog.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Champagne Wisdom said...

I LOVE these!! A good lunch box would definitely come in handy as I work in a school with no cafeteria - so I have to bring my lunch daily. I love them all, but I think my favorite is the Amy Butler Love lunchbox!

jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

Champagne Wisdom said...

I'm a new follower - yay!

jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

Champagne Wisdom said...

I heart Apeyleedesigns on Etsy as jchampagne :)

jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

Linda Kish said...

My favorite is the Pink Brown Lunch Box Revisited


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Wehaf said...

My favorite item is the Amy Butler love lunch bag.

Boo to the mailman. :(

urchiken at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Purple Dream Tote is great!

hiney2871@yahoo.com

Alison said...

I like the healing bag!

Alison said...

I also follow April's blog.

Alison

http://welcomesunshinehome.blogspot.com/

peripatetic33 said...

peripatetic33
peripatetic33 at hot mail dot com
i like the michael miller brown the best

lolamichele said...

love the Michael Miller Dynamic Purse! beautiful colors.

boswife @ gmail . com

Jenny said...

I love the Joel Dewberry Beach Bag Carry All – I love love love these fabrics ☺
jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

Jenny said...

I’m following April’s blog as Jenny
jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

Jenny said...

I favorited Apeyleedesigns as JennyBolech
jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

Jenny said...

I’m following your blog as Jenny
jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

Shelby said...

I love the amy butler red lunch bag!

srobinson8561 at student.bryan.edu

Shelby said...

I follow your blog!

Shelby said...

I heart Apeyleedesigns!

srobinson8561 at student.bryan.edu

Shelby said...

I follow april's blog too!

srobinson8561 at student.bryan.edu

Much More Than Mommy said...

Boo to the mailman!!!

I loveloveloveLOVE Amy Butler Red!!!! LOVE IT!

Much More Than Mommy said...

I *hearted* her on Etsy!

Much More Than Mommy said...

I follow your blog!

mim said...

Pink Brown Lunch Box Revisited is my fave!

miriam dot nussbaum at gmail

mim said...

miriam dot nussbaum at gmail
follow this blog

mim said...

miriam dot nussbaum at gmail
follow apey lee blog

Sarah said...

Amy Butler "Love" lunch box- so cute!! I love those colors together!!

Jenna Wood said...

I love the purple dream tote
six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sarah B. said...

I love the Amy Butler Love lunch box. Too cute!

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

Sarah B. said...

I heart her shop (yesteacher)

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

Sarah B. said...

I follow April's blog

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

Sarah B. said...

I follow your blog

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

I think my favorite bag is the "Love is in the Air". I'd have to flip a coin to decide which Lunch Bag to choose: the Amy Butler Red and the Pink Brown designs - both are delightful!

(I also appreciated very much her aunt's Healing Bag - and the story behind it.)

jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

I hearted Apeyleeddesigns /Favorite Etsy Seller - as well as adding several of her creations to my Etsy Favorite Items.

My Etsy username is Salleefur

jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

Public Follower of Teddy Started It!

Ashley said...

I love the Anna Maria Horner diaper bag!

demureprincess7(at)gmail.com

Danielle said...

Grrrr! I so dislike bad mailpeople. We have a female who subs for our regular mailman (who I think is wonderful). She believes her only job is to deliver mail. She never takes ANYTHING I put out to mail and I get a lot less mail on the days she delivers. Plus, she is always on her cell phone when she is out delivering and she talks so loud, I can hear her from the moment she steps onto my street until the moment she is done with my street. Anyway, my favorite item in April's shop is the Pink Brown Lunch Box Revisited.


The Happy Wife/Danielle
ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com

Sara said...

I like the Joel Dewberry Beach Bag Carry-All!!

Sara said...

I heart her shop

Sara said...

I follow her now blog

Sara said...

I follow your blog

@ByHandGiveaways said...

Love the Purple Dream Tote

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@ByHandGiveaways said...

hearted shop
tagsandbuttons
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AlyGatr said...

HOw on earth did I miss this giveaway??? The Healing Bag is my favorite, but seriously, all her stuff is awesome.

AlyGatr said...

And I follow because you lead :)

w said...

ok. apeyleedesigns is tooooo cute!

my favorite is this:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/38864678/michael-miller-brown

i'm going to visit you and kick your mailman's butt. that's right. i'm a child.

w said...

hearted them on etsy. because i'm so full of... love. that's what.

under vintage umbrella.

you should know this.

w said...

i already follow you. you smell good today.

Julie said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/48550969/beach-bag-with-external-pockets love this
aunteegem@yahoo.com

Julie said...

I hearted her shop as 321Gem
aunteegem@yahoo.com

Julie said...

follow your blog as jelaws5
aunteegem@yahoo.com

Carapace said...

The teal and lime green lunch box just leaps at me!

But it's so awful about your mailman- have you reported him? Maybe talked to the neighbors and found out if they're having these problems too?

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Carapace said...

(Oh-and I follow your blog! Texan to Texan, and all.;)

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Susan said...

I like the Pocket Companion at Apeylee Designs.

I think you have my old mailman. Seriously. It was so bad that for a while I had to rent box and go get my mail everyday.


susan56bft at gmail dot com

Susan said...

Following April's Blog

susan56bft at gmail dot com

Susan said...

I "heart" Apeyleedesigns on Etsy.

susan56bft at gmail dot com

Susan said...

Teddy Started It! follower via Google

susan56bft at gmail dot com

Heather said...

I like the
Beach Bag with External Pockets.
jswandrn at gmail

Karen said...

I love the teal and lime green lunchbox!

karen (dot) erkert (at) gmail (dot) com

Kristen said...

I like the Teal and Lime Green Lunch Box.

kristenlaudick at yahoo dot com

Robyn said...

I like the Pink Brown Lunch Box Revisited...I love these colors

Robyn said...

follower of your blog :)

Robyn
angelwcamowings at gmail dot com

Robyn said...

♥ Apeyleedesigns

Robyn
angelwcamowings at gmail dot com

Robyn said...

following April's blog

Robyn
angelwcamowings at gmail dot com