Monday, May 9, 2011

sponsor love: interview + giveaway with Laura of Along for a Ride!!!!

today's incredible sponsor always brings a smile to my face and refreshment to my spirit. i'm pretty sure i've mentioned this before but it doesn't make it any less true - she has one of the most inspiring blogs out there, and i'm not just talking eye candy. her writing exudes with her love for people, her family and for God is such a huge inspiration. and you'll see that her inspiration touches her beautiful shop as well - such lovely creations! 

meet laura.


what is your favorite icecream flavor?
cookies and cream

what is your go-to outfit?
Comfy jeans, a t-shirt, and a cardigan. I own way too many cardigans.

are you a beach or a mountain girl? 
Definitely mountains. I'd wear hiking boots over a bikini any day.

do you have any advice for other fellow handmade business owners?
Be patient and try not to compare yourself to others. 
Do the best work you can and stay true to your products and to yourself.


i am adoring the colors that blossom from this lovely lady's shop.
i'd have to say my favorite pieces include her tape earring collection and the rose hairpins.
so perfect for the coming warmer days! 

and guess what? you, my friend, are so stinkin' lucky 'cause today laura is offering one Much Love, illy reader the chance to win...

$20 Shop Credit to Along for the Ride!!!

score, right?! 
warm up those little fingers so that you can get to commenting away!

{how to enter:}

visit Along for the Ride and comment below with 
what you would spend the $20 shop credit on!

{really, really want to win?}
keep in separate comments so that entries count!

- "heart" Laura's shop on etsy
- be a public follower of the Along for the Ride blog
- be a public follower of the Much Love, illy blog
- follow @aftr_laura via twitter
- follow @muchloveilly via twitter
- tweet about this giveaway
(be sure to include @muchloveilly and @aftr_laura so we can track your tweet!)

{don't wanna wait?}
use coupon code ILLY15 for 15% off of your entire order!

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Much Love, illy readers through May 15th.
Winner will be announced May 16th.
much love.
[happy monday, friend.]

170 comments:

  1. I would totally get the cluster necklace - may just do that anyways ;)

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  2. I am now a public follower of Along for the Ride - and loving it :)

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  3. ohhhh and i follow you too ;)

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  4. I would get a Mum Hair Pin or 2 (not sure what color, I love them all!).
    I would also get a pair of the Mum Earrings probably in Plum!

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  5. I hearted Laura's shop!
    Username: xfallenfatex

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  6. I am also a public follower of Along for the Ride blog!
    username: jilliancad

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  7. I am a public follower of your lovely blog!
    username: jilliancad

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  8. I'm in NEED of earrings so I would probably get a few mum earrings and I love the seaglass earrings too!

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  9. I heart Along for the Ride!

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  10. I follow Laura on twitter! (@piperpost)

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  11. I follow Illy on twitter, too! (@piperpost)

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  12. And I follow you both on GFC! (#1)

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  13. And I follow you both on GFC! (#2)

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  14. I love the double rosette clip - so pretty!

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  15. Following you on Twitter - @thesweetpetunia

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  16. Following Laura on Twitter - @thesweetpetunia

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  17. I really love the yellow rosette necklace. :)

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  18. public follower of much love illy right here!!

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  19. i now follow along for the ride!

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  20. Ahh! The cluster necklace is SOOOOOO cute!! LOOOOOVVVEEE IT!! :)

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  21. I've cruised around that shop so much, it's been "hearted" for a while now :)

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  22. I love the triple rosette clip! I don't think I could ever decide on a color though... so I'd buy a few.

    *kate

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  23. I'm now a follower of Along for the ride!

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  24. Oh I already heart her shop on etsy!

    *kate

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  25. ... and I already follow her blog!

    *kate

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  26. I of course follow you too!

    *kate

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  27. I'm a follower on here! (I have been for a while--I love it here! :)

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  28. and finally, I follow you on twitter too!

    *kate

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  29. I love everything that Laura does! Currently swooooning over her Beautiful Begonia Pendant its absolutely perfect!

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  30. I'm a follower of Laura's blog

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  31. I follow you on twitter as well!

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  32. I LOVE Laura's shop!! I really want some of her bias earrings!! They are SO pretty!! xoxo

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  33. I follow Laura's blog!!
    xoxo

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  34. I follow Laura on twitter!!
    xo

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  35. I follow you on twitter!!
    xo

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  36. Oo i do love the Cluster Necklace- Blue Bunny!!!

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  37. I'm also a follower of your blog.

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  38. I love this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72822821/beautiful-begonia-pendant-necklace

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  39. Totally love the rosy pendant necklace and tape earrings!!! So cute!

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  40. I'm a follower of much love, illy!

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  41. I love the baby button in robin's egg blue.

    katietamblingson at yahoo dot com

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  42. I am a follower of Much Love, illy

    katietamblingson at yahoo dot com

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  43. I hearted Laura's shop

    katietamblingson at yahoo dot com

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  44. i love laura's shop! i have a mint green necklace, so I suppose I would need a matching ring?? ;)

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  45. I would buy so many hair pins! I love her pick you favorite rose ones. Oh man, I cannot wait to decorate my hair for the summer.

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  46. I love the Just Rosy Pendant Necklace in Mustard!

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  47. Her shop was already one of my favorites!

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  48. I (@JASIVRAS) follow you via Twitter

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  49. I follow @aftr_laura on Twitter too!

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  50. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/JASIVRAS/status/67643262357340161

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  51. I am a GFC follow of along for the ride

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  52. I am a GFC follower of your blog!

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  53. i like the Just Rosy Penant Necklace in Mustard!

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  54. I would totaly spend the whole credit on the Summertime earring Collection :) so cute

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  55. This is such a sweet giveaway and I totally need new hair pins and she has some amazing pieces.. One of my fvaourites is the Peony Hair Pin- Goldenrod:) Love! Kisses and hugs, darling

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  56. Chains and Beads necklace for sure :) too cute

    Love, Shellsea Blog

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  57. I love the begonia pendant! so cute

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  58. "hearted" Laura's shop on etsy!

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  59. following Laura on twitter

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  60. following you on twitter!

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  61. Oooh! Everything is so pretty! I'd get this (http://www.etsy.com/listing/72822821/beautiful-begonia-pendant-necklace) and this (http://www.etsy.com/listing/71498038/mum-earrings-plum) and spend an extra dollar. Love!

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  62. I hearted her on Etsy, my name is OliviaCollinsPhoto.

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  63. Aaand her on twitter. *pants* Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  64. As a floral girl, I'm loving her shop, particularly the Just Rosy Pendant Necklace! <3

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  65. I'm already a public follower of Much Love, Illy :)

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  66. I follow you . . . on twitter! :o

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  67. Aaaand now I've tweeted about it. (My name on twitter is natalie9nicole)

    Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway!

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  68. Okay, her stuff is cute enough that I'm now publicly following her blog on blogger. You got me :)

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  69. Now lastly (I hope?) I have favorited her on Etsy (LucyCalleriDemenov. I need a new account. That's old!)

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  70. I would spend it on the just rosy pendant necklace in the lavender color.. so cute!! :)

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  71. love the just rosy pendant necklace in pale pink -- so pretty :)

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  72. Annnnd I follow you on twitter :)

    @pastorsgirl

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  73. Ooh, I love the Beautiful Begonia Pendant Necklace!!

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  74. And I follow Much Love, Illy!

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  75. Oh goodness.. this is hard. I would spend it on the rose hairpins and the rosette hairpins and the peony hairpin and all of the hair pins! :)

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  76. I follow Much Love, illy publicly.

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  77. I follow @muchloveilly on twitter!

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  78. I follow along for the ride blog.

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  79. I love the Mum hairpins and the Chains and Beads necklace in bubblegum. So feminine and pretty! shealennon@gmail.com

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  80. I'd love to get a few Pick Your Favorite Mum Hair Pin (gray and peach look pretty!)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. I love the tape rosette earrings in sunshine and the rose pendant. so cute!

    http://yourstrulymadison.blogspot.com

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  82. I am now a follower of Along For the Ride (:


    http://yourstrulymadison.blogspot.com

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  83. I am also a follower of your blog! (:


    http://yourstrulymadison.blogspot.com

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  84. I'd get a pair of yellow bias tape earrings and a double rosette barrette

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  85. I am a follower of Along for the Ride

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  86. I follow @aftr_laura on twitter

    @SomerKnits

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  87. I follow @muchloveilly on twitter

    @SomerKnits

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  88. i love the cluster necklace- mint, but also love the rosette pendant necklaces! so cute!

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  89. I would have to go with the fuchsia rosette pendant necklace. i love how pretty and simple it is :-)

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  90. I also hearted her Etsy shop! I think i'm in love with everything in it.

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  91. I follow @muchloveilly on twitter :-)

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  92. I love Laura's shop! I think I'd choose the mustard begonia necklace!

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  93. Laura's shop is in my favorites!

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  94. I follow Along for the Ride!

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  95. Great giveaway! :) I love the mum hairpins!

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  96. This is a great giveaway! It was so hard to choose, but I really love those "Cabbage Rose Earrings" they are beautiful!

    tinastillwell15@yahoo.com

    <3

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  97. I am a public follower of Along for the Ride blog!!

    Tinastillwell15@yahoo.com

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  98. I am a public follower of Much Love, illy blog :)

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  99. AANNNDDD of course I "heart" Laura's shop on etsy--too cute!

    Tinastillwell15@yahoo.com

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  100. I already follow you on twitter
    username: eyoung919

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  101. I would put it towards buying a few of those SUPER CUTE Peony Hair Pins in the Perfect Shade of Green! They ARE the perfect shade of green -- for my sister's wedding coming up this summer! :)

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  102. I also now follow Laura on Twitter! Love her stuff!

    @eyoung919

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  103. And of course, now a public follower of your blog!

    eyoung919@gmail.com

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  104. love the earrings!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmaild ot com

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  105. and i follow!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

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  106. I would totally get the:
    Peony Hair Pin-Goldenrod
    Baby Button Bobbies-Linen
    baby button Bobbies- Robin's Egg

    :)

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  107. I am now a public follower of Along For The Rie----and i love it!! :)

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  108. ohhhh and i follow you too!! :)

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  109. Oh I heart her shop!!
    My username: polkadot1213

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  110. I love this:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/74054155/beautiful-begonia-pendant-necklace

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  111. I love the bias taped earrings!!! :D I would grab some for me and some of my friends :)

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  112. I totally "hearted" her shop on etsy! User name is Skippin' Rope!

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  113. I'm a public follower of Much Love Illy!

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  114. I follow you on twitter! @MilitaryMama

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  115. I'm following @aftr_laura on twitter. @MilitaryMama

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  116. i'd get the yellow begonia pendant. so pretty!

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  117. i hearted her shop! (my etsy name is hyperstarre)

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  118. i'm a follower of this blog! (caorline ikeji)

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