Sunday, October 16, 2011

Launch Contest


After nearly a year of work, I'm very pleased (and relieved) to announce the launch of my new site.

The Cloistered Lamb will incorporate my blog with my shop.  My shop will feature handspun yarns, hand bound books, textiles, jewelry, fiber for spinning/felting, and knitting supplies.  Hey, a girl has to pay for art school somehow!

To celebrate the grand opening of my shop, I am offering free domestic shipping.  Enter coupon code: GRAND

I must thank Mister for his mad programming skills for the website.  He spent many hours accommodating me.  Couples usually count decorating as a marriage tester, but for techie couples website building is the test.  Mister never lost patience with me, even when I'd ask for something to be moved a millimeter to the right.  Thanks Mister!

My new logo was designed by talented graphic designer, Constance Cafazza.  Constance took my design ideas and exceeded my wildest dream!  Thank you Constance!  




To celebrate, I'd like to share my gratitude by having a giveaway.


There are FOUR ways to be entered:
  1. Leave a comment below.  Yep, that's it.
  2. In honor of Mister, comment on this post and share your favorite sheep joke.  Don't be shy, we all love a sheep pun.
  3. Share the contest with your friends on your favorite social media site (Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry, etc.) then leave a comment letting me know you did so.  While you're at it, bookmark the site.
  4. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite artist, art, material, etc - you get the idea. 


1. One lovely skein of handspun Bluefaced Leicester wool/silk blend 2 ply yarn, 135 yards

2. In effort to support my local farms, I'm donating one skein of alpaca light fingering/lace weight yarn.  Colorway is Cornflower blue, 219 yards.

3. Set of six handmade knitting stitch markers.  Glass beads, fresh water pearls and base metal findings.



4. Hand-bound Coptic Stitch Blank Book
The book measures  4 1/2 " x 6 1/2" 
72 pages (front and back)
 With unlined white paper with a few watercolor pages for wet media






Four winners will be chosen by random number generator.  I will ship anywhere in the United States.  Winners will be notified by email (when possible) and first name posted on the blog along with your prize.
Have your comments in by Monday, October 31, 2011.

Thank you for helping to celebrate my new site!

Good luck in the contest,


63 comments:

  1. Yea! I'm the first one to comment! I am really proud of you, Mandy, and I wish you lots of success with this new adventure! Please tell Mark that, when I think up a really good sheep joke, I'll happily share it with him. My favorite artist??? My daughter -- graphic designer, painter and photographer. You get to be my favorite textile artist! Is that enough kissing up?

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  2. Mandy,
    I'm so excited for the launch of your new site. I know how much the arts mean to you - and what a fine artist you are. Congratulations!
    jd

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  3. Congratulations, Mandy. The new site looks fantastic!

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  4. Good luck with the new site! It was good to see you yesterday -- too bad you couldn't stay.

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  5. Oh I'm so glad I found you (through Craft Gossip)! I love your work--wish we could feel it through the computer. Good Luck on your new site--you have a new follower.

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  6. I don't have a favorite artist but am currently learning and working on the art of felting and trying my hand a making felted toys for my grand babies that are popping out at a remarkable rate :D

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  7. I'm shear out of jokes......

    Hope your Etsy shop does well.

    sherial

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  8. Congratulations on your new site...already added to my list of regulars! I wish you great success

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  9. Congrats on the launch - these are beautiful prizes!

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  10. I promoted your giveaway on Twitter (@knittingviolets).

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  11. My silly sheep joke:

    What do you call a sheep that dances?

    A baaaaa-lerina!

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  12. Congrats! my joke -
    What would you get if you crossed a goat and a sheep?
    An animal that eats tin cans and gives back steel wool

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  13. I love Kathie Briggs work -
    http://www.kathiebriggs.com/about.htm

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  14. HI, I came here from Craftsy where the crochet editor mentioned your site, so I had to check it out-fiber, arts, blogging, beading,bookbinding, etc.WOW> Ohay, funniest sheep joke I have ever heard,

    A woman whose hair is blond decides she just can't take it anymore. She's tired of all the blond jokes: the advantages of being blond are vastly outweighed by having to listen to all the blond jokes. So one night she dyes her hair black. She goes into work the next day and doesn't hear a single blond joke. Okay, so her hair is black: she's too happy to care, because she thinks she'll never have to hear another blond joke in her life.

    She drives home from work in a rural area and sees a sheep crossing the road. She slows to let it pass, and pretty soon is surrounded by a herd of sheep. After 20 minutes, they finally finish crossing the road. She slows to let it pass, and pretty soon is surrounded by a herd of sheep. After 20 minutes, they finally finish crossing the road, and the shepherd comes along and waves to her and thanks her for stopping to wait for the sheep.

    "You sure have a lot of sheep there," she says. "I know, it's very difficult to keep track of them all," the shepherd says. "If I tell you how many sheep you have, would you give me one?" she asks. "Sure, if you guess correctly, I'll give you one," he agrees. "You have 227 sheep," says the woman.

    The shepherd is suitably impressed, and tells her to go ahead and pick one out and take it with her. So she picks out a sheep and puts it in the back of her car. As she's preparing to leave, the shepherd knocks on her window. She rolls the window down and he says, "If I tell you what color your hair really is, can I have my dog back?"

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  15. Congrats on starting your new site! My favorite artist is my aunt Deidre Trudeau who is a painter. My craft though is knitting!

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  16. Beautiful prizes ! Thanks for the chance to win ...

    Farrell2 at gmail dot com

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  17. Two rams in a field, one young upstart and a wise old sheep. Farmer lets in two dozen ewes downhill.

    Youngster, very excited "let's both run down and have our way with one of those ewes!"

    Old wise ram, calmly "noooo, let's wander down slowly and have them all"

    oops!

    sand

    sandra_shepherd at hotmail.com

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  18. Love your shop! Such pretty yarn, and the shawl is gorgeous too.

    I don't have a sheep joke, but I'd like to say that I had no idea there were quite so many until I did a google search :)

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  19. What a wonderful shop - I adore hand dyed yarns!

    Sorry to say I don't know any sheep jokes but the ones that have been posted are definitely unique and varied!

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  20. Congratulations, Mandy. The new site looks fantastic! The colors of your yarn are so warm and yummy! *smile* Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  21. Congratulations! Here is my obligatory comment for a chance at the fabulous giveaway.

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  22. A joke for Mister...

    What do you a sheep without legs?

    ~ A cloud

    (courtesy of my 6 yr old daughter, Hobbit)

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  23. Oh, and I plugged your giveaway on my Facebook page ~ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peppermint-Mocha-Mama/172904812722226

    I hope it brings you some traffic and sales!

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  24. Lovely stuff you have there! Thanks for hosting this give-away and cograts on the shop.

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  25. wishing you great success! (and wishing me a good chance at winning this giveaway! Hee hee hee!!)

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  26. oh sheesh! My daughter changed my google log in! Oh well, it all is under my real info anyway. After searching long and hard, I found a sheepishly silly joke for you:

    Bill and Dale built a skating rink in the middle of a pasture. One
    day a shepherd, leading his flock, decided to take a shortcut across
    the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn't
    cross it.
    Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side.
    "Look at that," remarked Bill to Dale. "That guy is trying to pull
    the wool over our ice!"

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  27. I found you through Craft Gossip! Love your site... love the "cloistered lamb" logo ... love all your giveaways ( would be very hard to choose which I like the best!). I don't know any sheep jokes though I've always been partial to "Ewes not fat, ewes fluffy"! So please enter me! Thanks and good luck on your launch!

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  28. I posted about you on facebook, but I'm not sure how to send you that information.

    Oh, and my favorite artist? Well, I have a cousin, Tom Block who is an art teacher (retired), artist, and book illustrator. Love his stuff...not that I'm biased really, he really is good!
    As for me, knitting is my art and I consider it so. I may follow a pattern, but the color choices and such are mine. :D I knit to make people smile.
    Amy J

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  29. Peppermint Mocha Mama showed me the way...love your offerings - from the jewelry to the stitchmarkers to the yarn! Good luck with your shop!

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  30. Lovely blog, wonderful site. Good luck on your opening. How many sheep does it take to make a sweater? I didn't know sheep could knit. Yeah, bad knitter joke sorry. Love your yarn once we are ver the move I'll definitelynhave to buy some.

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  31. How awesome! Good luck with the shop - it's very exciting!

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  32. What's a sheep's favorite newspaper?
    The Wool Street Journal.
    Ha, ha! (So bad, I know.)

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  33. congrats on your new shop!
    I'm squiggi on ravelry

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  34. Congratulations, Mandy. The new site looks fantastic! Your Hand spuns look amazing too.

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  35. COngratulations! Count me in please.

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  36. What do you get if you cross a sheep with a porcupine?
    An animal that knits its own sweaters.

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  37. What great prizes! Thanks for the chance to win (and congratulations on the new site!)

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  38. It's always great to find a new source for yarn!

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  39. I just discovered your site - loving it here - yarn is my weakness! Good luck to you. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  40. I am really baaaaaaaaad, at jokes, but I just loved the sheepon campus, made of plastic bags. Congratulations on your new venture!

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  41. I love your stitch markers! They're beautiful!

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  42. I shared you on Facebook with my knitting and crocheting friends. I'm sure they'll be stopping by to see you soon too!

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  43. My favorite artist is Sonya Dixon. She is a knitter of incredible talent, and a good friend too!

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  44. Hi Mandy,

    My biggest passion is felting, and in particular nuno felting. Have you tried it yet?? It is fun, creative and freeform. The results are always wonderful, too! What more can you ask?

    Terri

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  45. Congratulations on the website and on the Etsy shop! Thank you for the giveaway, all the prizes look fantastic. :)

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  46. I am instantly addicted to your blog and shop! I have a question for you - do you ever dye with woad?? I would love to buy some woad-dyed yarn...thanks for the chance to win :)

    emarci at hot mail dot com

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  47. What a versatile treasure trove you are offering. I would love to win the Cornflower Blue yarn and have the prefect project in mind. Thanks.

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  48. I came over from Craft Gossip, but I have bookmarked your site and your Etsy store. You have some lovely items. The yarn looks amazing and I also love the turquoise bracelet and necklace. Just beautiful!! Good luck with the shop.

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  49. In honor of the coming holidays, I like to say "Fleece Navidad."

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  50. Wow, very pretty yarn! I love yarn!

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  51. My favorite sheep joke:
    Why did the sheep cross the road?

    Because he couldn't go baaaaaaaaaaaack after he started to cross!

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  52. My favorite artist is Amy Brown and I love yarn and beads - even better if they are together!

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  53. Congrats on the new website. I love Yarn and I do like to rubberstamp, Yarn is my passion right now.

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  54. I'm excited to be to adding your blog to the long list of knitters/crafters/creatives in my RSS Reader! I'm looking forward to your content!
    (By the way, the wool and silk blend skein looks heavenly! I have fallen in deep lust with it!)

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  55. I love hand dyed yarn! Thank you for the opportunity to win some and best of luck with your new shop.

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  56. They are all terrific but my favorite is the handspun Bluefaced Leicester. Those colors are amazing.

    Good luck with school and the new blog!

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  57. Congrats! I would love to win, that wool and silk blend looks fabulous. Best Wishes and thanks for opportunity in this great giveaway.

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  58. I posted your site on my Facebook page for my fellow crafters. :) I just came to this site today, but I think I'm going to enjoy coming here again and again. :)

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  59. How exciting!! Congratulations on a long and successful career!
    Lisa
    karmaperdiem@hotmail.com

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  60. I knew I was behind on my blog reading, but I didn't realize how far. Belated congratulations on opening your new shop!

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