Monday, May 30, 2011

Low Entry Giveaway Ending Soon - Sweet Headband in Memory of a Lovely Lady

 When I first approached Van about doing a review from her shop, Pink Clouds Designs, her cute designs were what caught my eye. However, as I got to know her a little more, my enthusiasm for reviewing her shop and her headband went beyond that....her purpose and cause for creating the "Remember Helen" line hit close to home. Her aunt passed away from cancer suddenly, much like my own father did in 2001. All of the proceeds from her headbands go to the Dana-Ferber Cancer Institute, so I hope you will support her cause. 


I will let Van describe her store, her mission, and herself in her own words:  
     "Hi, my name is Van, but it's pronounced Vung kind of like bun but with a "V." I am a stay at home mom to two children and a wife of a goofy and supportive husband. We currently live in Massachusetts.
     How did paper crafting start? I started scrapbooking when my husband told me that he wanted me to make him an album with pictures of us for his birthday. I sarted off doing very basic collage type of work, but quickly got bored. So I went online and youtubed "scrapbooks" and ended up on a page about "mini albums" and I fell in love. Since then my husband would occasionally joked that he regret ever asking me to make him something because I kept going and going and that meant spending more money!
     Then not too long into my addiction to scrapbooking, my daughter asked me to fix some of her hair bows that were coming undone and asked me to make her something for her hair. I put it off for a while and finally gave it a try and just like scrapbooking, I couldn't stop. It became another hobby and now I am on a mission to sell some of my latest creations.
     I find both paper crafting and making hair accessories relaxing. It is also very rewarding when I recieve some honest opinions and positive feedbacks.


About the Remember Helen headbands:
1. Why a carnation? 
My aunt in law loved all kinds of flowers, but I chose to create a carnation for this headband because it reminded me of a conversation we had together about flowers. We both like carnations and agree that it last much longer than roses.

2. What significance does the butterfly have? 
There are many symbolic meanings associated with a butterfly. The most obvious is transition. However, I added the butterfly because it represents faith. It reminds us to keep our faith as we go through good and bad changes in our lives. This is what the butterfly represents to me.

3. What's up with the colorful fabric choices?
I wanted to use bright and cheery colors and something to signify "Spring," a time for rebirth and renewal. For me, it's a time to reflect and in a sense give birth to new values and priorities in my life.

4. Reason(s) for creating this headband.
I wanted to create something in my aunt's memory. Although she was fighting breast cancer, her sudden death took us by surprise. She was in stage 2 cancer with a high survival rate and was going to the doctor religiously. Helen, passed away on April 18,2010, which is why I picked that particular date to launch these headbands. All the money that I make from this collection will be going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Visit 
www.pinkcloudsdesigns.etsy.com to purchase a "Remember Helen" headband on the 18th.

5. What other ways can you help? 
You can make a donation directly to mine and/or my daughter's donation link here:
www.jimmyfundwalk.org/2011/vanphung www.jimmyfundwalk.org/2011/miaphung

Thank you for your generosity and help. Every bit brings us closer to a cure." 



     In this economy and this culture, where we are all trying to make money, find success, and buy the things that we want, it's good to meet people who do things purely for others, to remind us of what's truly important. Not a day goes by that I don't think about my father, but even I haven't done anything to help the cause of finding a cure for cancer. It seems that more and more frequently, I hear of someone diagnosed with cancer. If we don't find a cure soon, it will become an epidemic. I am so thankful for people like Van, who mix their talents with good causes. The headband Van sent me is adorable, and every time my daughter wears it I will remember Van, her aunt, and my father. 


     Van has generously offered an item of her choice as a giveaway, and I wish you luck as you enter. However, please help this cause and purchase one of her Remember Helen headbands whether or not you enter/win. The cure for cancer will come one of these days, and this small step will aid in saving countless lives, perhaps even one of your own family member's. 

Mandatory Entry:
1) follow my blog
2) like Van's facebook page "
Pink Clouds Designs"

Extra Entries:
1) follow Van's blog: A Scrappy Dream
2) like my facebook page "
AnnelynDesigns"
3) go to Van's etsy store "Pink Clouds Designs" and comment about your favorite item
4) go to my etsy store "
AnnelynDesigns" and comment about your favorite item
5) create a treasury including an item from "
Pink Clouds Designs"
6) create a treasury including an item from "
AnnelynDesigns"
7) go to one of my sponsor's stores (buttons on the left hand column) and tell me your favorite item

I will choose a winner via random.org on Friday, June 3, 2011. Good luck!


34 comments:

Christie Cottage said...

These are lovely headbands and a tear jerking cause benefits.

I already follow your blog.

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Stop by and enter to win the "HANDMADE" banner if you do craft shows.
http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/2011/05/win-it-wednesday-new-giveaway-and.html

Karen F said...

I am a new GFC follower
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Karen F said...

I also like Pink Cloud Designs on facebook
karen hargis foster
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Karen F said...

I love the Emmy black metal headband
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SummerSorbet said...

I am following via GFC.
~Darlene Arnold
snacee@scottsboro.org

SummerSorbet said...

I "like" Pink Clouds Designs on facebook.
~Darlene Arnold
snacee@scottsboro.org

SummerSorbet said...

I am following A Scrappy Dream blog via GFC.
~Darlene Arnold
snacee@scottsboro.org

SummerSorbet said...

I "like" AnnelynDesigns on facebook.
~Darlene Arnold
snacee@scottsboro.org

SummerSorbet said...

My favorite item on Etsy is My First Apron - "White Garden" child apron or artist smock with flower and butterfly appliques.
~Darlene Arnold
snacee@scottsboro.org

tamiv said...

I follow You with GFC!
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tamiv said...

Fan of Pink Clouds Designs(Tami Vollenweider)
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tamiv said...

I like the Pink Clouds the Abby Headband!
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tamiv said...

At Annelyn Designs I like the Blue Polka Dot Clip!
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Couponsforme2 said...

follow you gfc


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Couponsforme2 said...

I love the Gabby Yellow & Black Elastic Headband

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Couponsforme2 said...

I like Van's fb

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Couponsforme2 said...

email subscriber

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Couponsforme2 said...

like your fb

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Couponsforme2 said...

My first Apron - White is my fav item from your etsy.


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Couponsforme2 said...

From Petunia & Ivy I love the Pink Chin
Strap Hat.


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Seanny n Justina said...

I'm a new follower and also "like" PinkClouds Designs and ordered from her shop! Van is awesome and talented! I will look for your FB page as well. My FB page is http://www.facebook.com/invitationparlour09. - Justina

mama mouse said...

i like pink clouds on facebook
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mama mouse said...

i follow dream a scrappy dream blog

mama mouse said...

i like annelyn on facebook

mama mouse said...

i follow yiour blog
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mama mouse said...

i like the ellie flower adn fether headband

MissAllie said...

I follow your blog!

Busy Tennessee Mom said...

I follow your blog in Networked blogs. thanks Pam
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Julie said...

follow your blog as jelaw5
what a beautiful prize
thanks
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Julie said...

like Pink Cloud Design on fb Julie S Laws
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Julie said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66948222/lola-red-satin-lollipoppoppy like this from Van' shop
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Julie said...

like u on fb Julie S Laws
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AnnelynDesigns said...

Congrats to Mama Mouse!

Sara Jean said...

like pink cloud designs on fb

gfc follower

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