Friday, May 14, 2010

greatest hits & a giveaway: with babongo home



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yippee!
it's kids week here @ the rikrak studio: 6 days of celebrating children, and the wonderfolk who handcraft art for their curious, wonderful little hands!

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be sure to enter all of the KIDS WEEK giveaways!

1. WIN a moozle home stuffie, here.
2. WIN a *my beautiful girl designs* prize pack, here.
3. WIN 6 REusable snack baggies by BananaSaurusRex, here.
4. WIN a kids prize pack from Claire & Me, here.
5. WIN a beautiful eco mobile from Babongo Home, here.
6. coming soon!

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imaginative. inspiring. wonderful. unique.
all things children are.
and all things i think we all strive to create for the the environment surrounding the wee ones in our lives.

today's KIDS WEEK handmaker can help!
Babongo Home's beautiful eco-friendly mobiles are so whimsical, fun and well... LOVELY!
handcut and made from upcycled, fused plastic bags, i just love how eco-forward, and inspiring Nicole's work is.

so read on to find out how you can WIN a mobile for your own home, and to see the images that inspire the artist, too!

you can catch up with Babongo Home in her lovely shops here & here.
read along with her adventures on her blog here. and follow her tweets on twitter here.



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what inspires you artistically & creatively? what would those inspirations look like visually? in this fun series, (please see the others here) ... i’ve invited some wonderful artists to share with us 4 images of inspiration in their artistic life, something of an interview in images! the guidelines were basically this: choose 4 visuals (something like your creative-stimuli *greatest hits!*) that you feel most inspires & expresses your art or craft today. for some, it might be a person, place or thing; a material; a pattern; a colour; a sound or song, etc. it might be a photograph, a drawing, a scan, etc. i’ve tried to leave it a bit open-ended so that we might better glimpse into these artists' motivations and their amazing, raw talent! today i’m delighted to present the next in the series : greatest hits with Babongo Home!



#1 Colour inspires me.
image by blancucha
It can be anything, from a vintage crafting magazine to a Moroccan mosaic table to a colourful illustration to other people's homes. Inspiration is everywhere, it drives me nuts sometimes and I love it. I find it hard to choose which idea to work out first and last. Which brings me to my second inspiration:

#2 Nature.
This won't surprise you. Nature can bring my head to rest, all this inspiration, all these incentives fall into place when I'm out hiking or biking or skating in nature. It makes me decide again and again to use materials that have been used before and materials that are earthfriendly. This is logic to me, if we want to keep enjoying the beauty and diversity of our planet, we have to take good care of it. For next generations to come too.

#3 Travelling.
I so love being in countries other than my own. I love how people can seemingly live so differently, only to discover we all have the same needs and desires in life. It's very inspirational, not only in crafting but in life in general.


#4 Books.
image by chocovision
Books are inspirational because they teach you things. Big things, small things, a different outlook. And books give me the feeling, just like in travelling, anything goes. There's not one way to do it. I love that.



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thanks so much for sharing your inspirations, nicole!

and now... a chance to win an inspiring something for the wee ones in your life!


about the prize: This upcycled butterfly mobile is made from fused plastic bags. The butterflies are handdrawn and handcut into this shape and they are attached to a branch with a clear thread, making it seem like they are floating in the air, they are in constant movement. The mobile looks great in a child's room or in front of a window, but is also great in a corner of the house that needs something extra.


1. go visit the lovely Babongo Home shop!
... come back and tell us about your favourite goodie from her shop & why you love it!
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1 entry

2.
leave us a comment telling us about an image something that inspires YOU!

... = 1 entry

3. follow the babongo handmade blog.
come back and tell us.
... = 1 entry.

4. follow nicole (she's http://twitter.com/babongohandmade) AND me (i'm http://twitter.com/therikrakshop) on twitter. come back here and tell us about it!
... 1 entry


5. tweet on twitter
about this giveaway and come back here and tell us! please be sure to include @therikrakshop so i can find you! :)
= 1 entry.


6. leave a comment over in this etsy thread here sharing a link to something FUN in your shop/at home that you handmade for a child/ for kids OR something handmade by another that you LOVE for kids!
come back here and tell us about it.
= 1 possible entry


7. follow or subscribe to the rikrak studio blog
and leave me a comment here telling us that you do! = 1 more possible entry.


8. blog about this giveaway and leave us a link to it in a separate comment here.
= 1 more possible entry


9. :: PLEASE NOTE:
each entry must be it's own comment.
thanks! ::

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:: RULES ::
a) it is possible to have a maximum of 8 entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as it's own comment. thanks!
c) using random.org, 1 winner of the Babongo Home giveaway will be chosen on saturday, may 22nd @ 7pm EST.
d) open to contestants worldwide.
e) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account doesn't link to one. thanks.

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see you monday for giveaway #6!
have a glorious weekend, nicies!

::::::::::::::::::::> UPDATE! <:::::::::::::::::::::

be sure to enter all of the KIDS WEEK giveaways!

1. WIN a moozle home stuffie, here.
2. WIN a *my beautiful girl designs* prize pack, here.
3. WIN 6 REusable snack baggies by BananaSaurusRex, here.
4. WIN a kids prize pack from Claire & Me, here.
5. WIN a beautiful eco mobile from Babongo Home, here.
6. coming soon!

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96 comments:

  1. The orange shoulder bag is fab! perfect for spring, lots of room for all the kid goodies I end up toting around :)

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  2. my favorite item is the Upcycled butterfly mobile made byng colored plastic bags, because it is so cute (and eco-friendly too :D)

    fedechica85 at hotmail dot com

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  3. i now follow the babongo handmade blog

    fedechica85 at hotmail dot com

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  4. i already was a rikrak studio blog follower

    fedechica85 at hotmail dot com

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  5. ...what a delight that Upcycled eco wool bowl purple, a perfect "all-picker" indeed!:o)

    Hugs from Italy,
    Atonella

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  6. ...with pleasure I'm a follower of babongo handmade blog...;o)

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  7. ...and with the same pleasure I'm a follower of the rikrak studio blog too! ;o)

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  8. I think this butterfly mobile is actually my very favourite, I love butterflies, and decorating in white, but I do also love the woodland mobile, it would be perfect for my little nephew.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  9. I'm following Rikrack on google reader.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  10. what a fantastic way to use/recycle plastic bags! i love all the mobiles! my fave would be the leaves b/c it would fit in nicely with my decor :)

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  11. I love mossy forest floors, they always make me want to make a rug or blanket full of all the textures and colours you see there. Rocks and lichen and ferns and little streams, all surrounded by moss.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  12. I love the upcycled leaves mobile!
    ms.johnsonmahs at gmail dot com

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  13. I love woodland mobile. I think children can learn names of animals with this mobile. It is a decoration and pedagogical element as well!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/37243793/upcycled-mobile-woodland
    laccentnou at gmail dot com

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  14. Images that mostly inspire me are images from the Nature. Walking I scan with my eyes every small detail of my environment and I find a great source of inspiration for my creations.

    laccentnou at gmail dot com

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  15. Request sent on twitter
    laccentnou at gmail dot com

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  16. twitted bout the giveaway
    laccentnou at gmail dot com

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  17. Posted a link in the thread for kids: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?page=3&thread_id=6517086

    laccentnou at gmail dot com

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  18. Already a follower of this blog
    laccentnou at gmail dot com

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  19. already follow babongo handmade

    liz_crowny@yahoo.com

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  20. my favy item in BabongoHome etsy is Upcycled birds mobile in pastel

    liz_crowny@yahoo.com

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  21. I love the "Upcycled mobile deer"! They are one of my favorite animals. :)

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

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  22. Many things in my daily life inspire me. The weather, food, scents, my dog..

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  23. I follow the babongo handmade blog.

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  24. I follow you both on twitter!

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  25. I left a comment on the etsy thread!

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  26. I follow the rikrak studio blog!

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  27. My favorite is the Pillow cover pastel green and pastel orange, love the pattern and the colors used! ^^

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

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  28. I'm inspired by my family and friends, and all things I see and hear around me, like the trees, the ocean and the sound of the waves as it breaks on the shore, the stars on a clear cloudless night and rain, i actually love the rain and the pitter-patter sound it makes. c:

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

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  29. I love Nicole's shop & my favorite is the Babushka mobile! :)

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  30. I follow Nicole AND you on Twitter

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  31. I am very much in love with the deer mobile

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  32. I have been a follower of babongo for quite a while already

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  33. Following you on twitter now

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  34. I love these butterfles:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/43457674/upcycled-butterfly-mobile-white

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  35. I already have Babongos wonderful butterflies ..... and I saw the amazing dragonflies Sigmosaics has ....

    and those are also faves ...
    along with the little deer

    and actually all of them ... hehehh

    just wanted to say she is brilliant !!!!!

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  36. I love the bird mobile. It is so cute and loveely!

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  37. I already follow both Babongo and rikrak on Twitter

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  38. I just tweeted about the giveaway

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  39. And I follow this blog now ^_^

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  40. i love all of the mobiles! upcycled and whimsical? count me in!

    jennifergarrydesigns@gmail.com

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  41. i follow babongo handmade!

    jennifergarrydesigns@gmail.com

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  42. i'm following nicole on twitter!

    (nimijewelry)
    jennifergarrydesigns@gmail.com

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  43. i follow rikrak on twitter!

    (nimijewelry)
    jennifergarrydesigns@gmail.com

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  44. i follow the rikrak blog!

    jennifergarrydesigns@gmail.com

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  45. peripatetic33
    peripatetic33 at hot mail dot com
    i like the upcycled mobile dragonfly
    i am inspired by trees

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  46. I love all Babongo Home's upcycled mobiles-eco -freindly and pretty!!

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  47. I already follow Babongo's blog..

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  48. I am now following rik-rak's blog..!

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  49. I have a image that inspires me now (some wonderful colors of flowers that I am about to post on my blog!!

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  50. My favorite is the dragonfly mobile. I think dragonflies represent peace and serenity. :)

    sturberry @ gmail.com

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  51. Pictures of the night sky with stars and the moon reminds me to reach for the moon and that I can still land among the stars. One of my favorite quotes that I live by.

    sturberry @ gmail.com

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  52. Already following you on twitter and sent a request to babongohandmade
    puredove

    sturberry @ gmail.com

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  53. My favourite item in your shop is actually the item being given away!! http://www.etsy.com/listing/43457674/upcycled-butterfly-mobile-white - how lucky for me!

    I like it because it is simple and pure, and its impact comes from its play with catching light and creating shadows. Nice work!

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  54. Right now my top inspiration is my best friend's two month old baby girl. I got to be there when she was born and I just love her to PIECES! She is half asian, but her mom's strong classic redhead genes are strong - so she has brownish and curly hair, and gorgeous blue eyes, and so adorable. She makes me think about fun colours, geometric shapes, animals... Making things for her is a really full part time job!

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  55. I'm now following the babongo handmade blog :)

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  56. And I already follow the rikrak twitter, and just sent in a request for babongo

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  57. I left you a comment on your Etsy thread. It's about a caterpillar onesie.

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  58. my favorite is the Upcycled wool bowl eco retro orange green because I like the colors and that it is from a wool blanket!

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  59. My favorite is http://www.etsy.com/listing/46647356/upcycled-butterfly-mobile
    soo cute.

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  60. I like the Upcycled mobile woodland. Great stuff!

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  61. i like the lucy emma doll- sweet.
    shen
    divertida(at)fastmail(dot)fm

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  62. Rainy weather and puddles always make me feel creative...

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  63. Really loving the Upcycled birds mobile in pastel - would add some color to our white apartment!

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  64. I follow the babongo handmade blog!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. Watching figure skating inspires me!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. My favorite is the Upcycled mobile woodland
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. I follow the rikrak studio blog!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. Love the eco wool bowls! What a fantastic idea!

    sarahmarietownsend(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. I like the 'upcycled mobile dragonfly' from the shop - it's a great theme for a mobile.

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  70. I love the leaves mobile! Very chic.

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  71. Besides the butterfly mobile, which is very charming, I like the
    upcycled dragonfly mobile...either would look fantastic inside my sunny window!

    I am impressed with the designs and the recycling!

    pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

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  72. My favorite item is: http://www.etsy.com/listing/33222358/upcycled-birds-mobile-in-pastel

    I would hang it up in my living room, so pretty!

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  73. I follow the Rikrak studio blog!

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  74. What image inspires me: I can flip through a magazine...any magazine and get to inspired and creative just from the wonderful ads and photography!

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  75. I love the dragonfly mobile here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/32251032/upcycled-mobile-dragonfly

    Jane
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/alexen
    http://alexenfelt.blogspot.com/

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  76. I love the upcycled butterfly mobile.

    squeaks16(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. I like the upcycled mobile dragonfly.
    jswandrn at gmail

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  78. my best friend is having a baby girl soon and this would be such a great gift!

    great shop concept

    the upcycled leaves mobile would look great in my house

    mandalarain @ gmail.com

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  79. I love the upcycled mobile butterfly
    lusizova (at) gmail.com

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  80. follow the babongo handmade blog.
    lusizova (at) gmail.com

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  81. I love the Upcycled birds mobile in pastel ...so pretty and resourceful!

    goodmom2two@yahoo.com

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  82. Pillow cover pastel green and pastel orange 16 inch square. It seemed to be the one item that would go to great us in my house!
    ashley96jean@yahoo.com

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  83. I'm a babongo handmade blog follower. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  84. I'm a follower. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  85. My fave is the upcycled mobile woodland, it's very pretty! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  86. Posted a link on the etsy thread with a link to a dress I've made
    kimhigueria at gmail dot com

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  87. Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/kimhigueria/status/14504841831
    kimhigueria at gmail dot com

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  88. following both on twitter @kimhigueria
    kimhigueria at gmail dot com

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  89. Love the Upcycled eco wool bowl purple. The color and texture is just so rich!
    kimhigueria at gmail dot com

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  90. I've followed the babongo handmade blog.

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  91. The cute upcycled birds mobile in pastel would be nice in my daughter's room!

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thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!