Monday, May 17, 2010

playlists & a giveaway: with Shiny Happy World




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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. WIN a fabulous eco-softie by Shiny Happy World, here.

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superdooper, nicies!
here we are... at day 6 of 6 amazing giveaways.
welcome to our final fabulous kids week giveaway!

now, i love happy stuff.

i especially love happy kids stuff.
so the Shiny Happy World of artist wendi gratz is one i just adore!

aren't her whimsical, vivid creations just gorgeous? AND they're eco-friendly! yay!

with such an eye for colourplay & design, the Shiny Happy World shop and site are a virtual trip into a joyous, child-friendly forest... filled with adorable recycled and thrifted fabric plush bunnies, wonderful happy robot-y artworks, beautiful, crafty dolls and more.

i asked wendi if she would share a child-inpsired playlist with us today, too: great songs filled with the wonderful kind of energy we feel in her handmade shop.

so sit back and listen to her fab playlist, visit her beautiful shop, blog and more, and read on to WIN an adorable softie of your own!






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dj: Shiny Happy World
theme: children's songs that adults will love too

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1. Mahna Mahna by Cake

2. What a Wonderful World - Stacey Kent

3. La La La La Lemons - Barenaked Ladies

4. Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might be Giants

5. Mr. Heatmiser - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

6. YMCA - Village People

7. One Was Johnny - Carole King

8. Bicycle Race - Queen -

9. Rainbow Connection by Sarah McLachlan

10. Yellow Submarine - The Beatles


wendi writes: I LOVE listening to music while I work. My studio is right in the middle of our very open house - no walls and right in the center of everything going on. Sometimes I listen to music for everyone to hear - often showtunes - but more often I put on my headphones and create a little cocoon for myself in the middle of the chaos. I have different playlists for different needs - high energy to get me going, quieter music for more focused work, and a few general playlists for everything else.

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woohoo!
love those, wendi - great choices for fun folks of all ages!

and now.. one lucky rikrak studio reader will WIN...


wendi writes about this giveaway prize! : This Shiny Happy Bunny is cute as a button and full of awesome. What's so great about him? Well. . .

* He's dang cute! Just look at that crooked smile.
* He's very squishy and huggable.
* He's made out of recycled fabrics.
* He's machine-washable.
* His ears are lined with satin. Satin!
* He's safe for babies - no buttons or tiny bits.
* He's one of a kind – just like your kid.

Size
My daughter says he's the perfect size for snuggling. What, exactly, does that mean? Well, he's 9 inches (23 cm) tall if you don't count his long, floppy ears. If you count them - and I think you should 'cause they're pretty awesome - he's a whopping 16 inches (40 cm) tall! And he doesn't like me to tell people, but you'll probably want to know that he's 6 1/2 inches (16 cm) wide across his bottom.

Materials
I make all of my dolls and softies from recycled and thrifted fabrics. I find great fabrics (mostly old clothes, but sometimes I find embroidered tablecloths or other wonderful treasures), take them home, wash them, inspect them for damage and stains, make sure they pass the sniff test, then cut them up and turn them into pure cuteness. This particular Shiny Happy Bunny is made from:

* red and white checked cotton
* red satin from a coat lining
* scraps of red felt
* new poly stuffing
* love

Care
Machine wash in cold water. Tumble dry. Easy peasy.


1. go visit the lovely Shiny Happy World
... 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 a *kid-friendly song* that YOU love!

... = 1 entry

3. follow Shiny Happy World on twitter. (she's
http://twitter.com/wendigratz)
come back and tell us.
... = 1 entry.

4. sign up for the Shiny Happy World newsletter
and come back and tell us.
... 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. do a facebook update about this giveaway (& follow wendi! )
come back and tell us.
= 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 Shiny Happy World giveaway will be chosen on tuesday, may 25th @ 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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::::::::::::::::::::> 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. 6. WIN a fabulous eco-softie by Shiny Happy World, here.

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98 comments:

  1. i like the Shiny Happy Bunny #4

    it's so cute

    black11angel at yahoo dot com

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  2. following wendigratz at twitter

    black11angel at yahoo dot ocm

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  3. blog follower

    black11angel at yahoo dot com

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  4. I love Shiny Happy Bunny #23!

    ms.johnsonmahs at gmail dot com

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  5. I love the song "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles and I think it is kid-friendly. I loved the Beatles when I was a kid!
    ms.johnsonmahs at gmail dot com

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  6. I am a follower of your lovely blog!

    ms.johnsonmahs at gmail dot com

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  7. I like the unexpected friend print.

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  8. i like the emma doll- so sweet.
    shen
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  9. i follow as john/sb
    shen
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  10. i like respect by aretha franklin- my daughter used to love that song when she was little- 'sock it to me!'
    shen
    divertida(at)fastmail(dot)fm

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  11. I love the Lucy Emma doll because she has such an adorable hand-embroidered face and lovely sage green hair

    SamneneD@aol.com

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  12. My favorite is the Shiny Happy Bunny #24. He's my favorite because I love the cute fabric and his half smile. It looks like one of those toys that winds up being a favorite and gets promoted to night-time pal status. :-)

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  13. A kid friendly song I love is "We Go Together" by Little Big Town. That is such a cute song and I actually like it as much as my daughter.

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  14. following Shiny Happy World on twitter (as SnowflakeDay)

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  15. I tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/statuses/14206656078

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  16. I'm google following your studio.

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  17. I love the PRINT A Robot and His Duck! It is so cute!

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  18. I love the kid's song the one that goes like ... "on top of spaghetti all covered in cheese..."

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  19. I follow shinyhappyworld on twitter!
    @cmumpy

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  20. I signed up for the shinyhappyworld newsletter!

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  21. I tweeted this giveaway

    http://twitter.com/cmumpy/status/14208123465

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  22. I left a comment on your thread about my favorite handmade item - it's a nest and egg pendant from mootsie's etsy shop!

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  23. This give away cuddly bunny is the cutest thing ever!
    I love the Robots love daisies print most!

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  24. That Lucy Emma doll is adorable!!

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  25. I secretly love my kids Elmo travel in the car cd!

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  26. i love the bunnies the most - they're adorable!

    this grey one is my favourite:

    http://www.zibbet.com/ShinyHappyWorld/artwork?artworkId=44724

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  27. i am a follower of your blog!

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  28. these are great, i like the happy bunnies

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  29. Shiny Happy Bunny #24 is my favourite, i love chequered materials very much!

    ksyshenka@yahoo.com

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  30. I love the Lucy Emma doll because she is so full of spunk and personality! jinglesells at gmail dot com

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  31. A kid friendly song that I love would be the classic, "If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops..."

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  32. I like Shiny Happy Bunny #24 because I love the colors

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  33. follow shiny happy on twitter - debijot

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  34. We love to sany row your boat.

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  35. My favorite item from their shop is: http://www.zibbet.com/ShinyHappyWorld/artwork?artworkId=42173

    It would look so cute in my son's room! The bunnies are super cute!

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  36. My favorite "Child Friendly Music" is all of the Jack Johnson songs in Curious George the movie...they are so good and mellow, parent and child friendly!!!

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  37. Shiny Happy Bunny #4 is the cutest things! The swirls make it look like spots kinda :]

    kerincunningham@yahoo.com

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  38. My favorite child-friendly song is "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John - I used to dance around to that song all the time when I was a little girl.

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  39. Shiny Happy Bunny #24 (brown plaid) is too cute...and I don't even have kids. This would be for me!

    kellifrobinson[at]gmail.com

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  40. I like Shiny Happy Bunny #21! PURPLE!!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  41. Cute stuff. I love the PDF Pattern - Blockheads Beanbags. What a great idea for games or even for scented "buddies". Thanks!

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  42. I had taken out a mixed cd from my library and it had the song "Oh Susannah" on it. What a great tune. It has a real american feeling to it, esp. when you hear the banjo.

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  43. I love shiny happy bunny #27 - she just looks so huggable and I want to cuddle her ears.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  44. I love "We all Sing With the Same Voice" from Sesame Street, in the late 70s or early 80s.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  45. My favorite is Shiny happy bunny #23

    alejandra.zertuche (at) gmail (dot) com

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  46. I love all the bunnies (very saucy!), but if I had to choose one it would be this guy...http://www.zibbet.com/ShinyHappyWorld/artwork?artworkId=44728

    pulpandpaisley(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. One of our favourite "kid friendly" tunes that we sing all the time is "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd" by Roger Miller - it's brilliant!

    pulpandpaisley(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. As cute as the bunnies are, I love Lucy Emma!

    couponboss at gmail dot com

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  49. So hard to hard to pick a favorite kids song! I love pretty much everything by Eric Herman...my favorites are:

    The Tale of the Sun and the Moon

    Blackbeard, Bluebeard & Redbeard--A Pirate Story

    You have to listen to these! They're great!!!!

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  50. I also love Shiny Happy Bunny #14! They are all so adorable.

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

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  51. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ;)

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  52. I follow Shiny Happy World on twitter.

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  53. I signed up for the Shiny Happy World newsletter!

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  54. I left a comment at the etsy thread here sharing a link!

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  55. I follow the rikrak studio blog!

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  56. I like Shiny Happy Bunny #27!

    lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com

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  57. Kids' song: "Down by the Bay" by Raffi. Hahaha. I went to a friend's house and their kid was watching this ancient videotape of Raffi singing live, and I got so distracted watching it. Llamas wearing pajamas!

    lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com

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  58. The print A Robot and His Daddy is great ---- but then all the Shiny Happy Bunnies are too.

    aluttrell at cox dot net

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  59. I like shiny happy bunny #14. I also LOVE the robots like daisies print!

    aprettykitty84@yahoo.com

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  60. My favorite kid friendly song is 'Seasons of Love'.

    aprettykitty84@yahoo.com

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  61. I follow Shiny happy World on Twitter
    aprettykitty84

    aprettykitty84@yahoo.com

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  62. I subscribe to the newsletter!
    aprettykitty84@yahoo.com

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  63. I subscribe to the rikrak studio via MyYahoo RSS

    aprettykitty84@yaoo.com

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  64. I think I love the Shiny Happy Bunny #4 best, the swirly pattern is kind of hypnotic. I also love Shiny Happy Bunny #19 for his manly Navy and Red, rather nautical.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  65. I'm following Rikrak on google reader.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  66. I like the PDF Pattern - Bird Bag, I use tote bags all the time for shopping and this is so cute

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  67. the boys love the song-in the jungle, the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  68. I like Shiny Happy Bunny #4.
    jswandrn at gmail

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  69. I like the Shiny Happy Bunny #27. He is so cute. I love the color.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  70. I love Shiny Happy Bunny #24. thanks
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  71. I follow shiny happy world
    @Lubaska
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  72. I follow rikrak blog
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  73. my tweet
    http://twitter.com/Lubaska/status/14477516730
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  74. And I follow you on Google Reader!

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  75. I don't know why, but I love the robot and duck print!

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  76. I love: Shiny Happy Bunny #23


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  77. I am follower of the blog :D


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  78. Happy World follower :D

    @lizzyrm


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  79. A kid friendly song is ABC de Jackson Five :D


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

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  81. The A Robot and His Daddy print is so sweet! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  82. Signed up for the Shiny Happy Newsletter! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  83. We love Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine's "We R Super Heroes" in our house! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  84. follow your blog

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  85. Shiny Happy Bunny #24-makes me so smile and its so huggable

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  86. I love the Shiny Happy Bunny #23
    What cute bunnies they all are!

    goodmom2two@yahoo.com

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  87. I am following Wendy on twitter via @heatherscraps

    goodmom2two@yahoo.com

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  88. A kid friendsly song we love in my house is The Monster Mash! We sing a different version..its so cute!

    goodmom2two@yahoo.com

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  89. I follow the rikrak studio as Heather Hill
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  90. OOOH! They're all cute.

    I like Shiny Happy Bunny #24 the most!

    tayl1221 at yahoo dot com

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  91. I follow the Rikrak Studio blog!


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  92. I`d say one of my favorite kids songs is also Mahna Mahna! It`s so funny!

    tayl1221 at yahoo dot com

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