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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My First Giveaway - New Leaf Canvas

My first giveaway!  I’m so excited!

A friend of mine, Sasha Johns, designs these wonderful bags.

 Isn't it so cute????!!!!

I asked her how she started doing them and what gave her the idea, and her answer is so much better than anything I could have ever written; I thought I would just share it with you.

So, here it is… straight from Sasha…

“I got the idea for the bags a couple of years ago when I was looking for an inexpensive craft idea for my MOPS group. (Mother's of Preschoolers) We had a great time making them, but I kept thinking I could do so much better with them if I had the time to put into it. (ha ha...still struggling with that one)

So this summer, when I was "overdue" with my third child and my house was spotless from nesting, and I didn't feel like going anywhere in the triple digit heat, and I needed something to take my mind off of the waiting, I decided to revisit this idea and make some thank you gifts for those that were helping me with the birth. I then began to think it would be a great idea to make a little Christmas cash and had intended to do some Fall Festivals.

THEN we started making some big changes in our lives and decided to move to Alabama, so that part (the Fall Festivals) fell through, but the idea hasn't.  I named my little business, New Leaf Canvas, because my husband and I are turning over new leaves of change in Alabama.

Right now my bags are printed with a variety of leaves that I collected from local trees. I just use paint to paint the underside of the leaves and then press the painted side of the leaves into canvas bags. I try to keep them whimsical and light, and plan to also spend some time adding a few embellishments as I develop the "line" of bags.

Decorating the bags is a fun creative outlet for me. I get so busy "doing" all day, that it's fun for me to play with the leaves at night when the kids are asleep and break out the artist wannabe inside. They are very simple I realize, but I think that is some of the charm actually.”

“Artist Wannabe”… yeah right!  These bags are so creative, there is no way you can make these and NOT be an artist!

Her bags range in price from $10 to $20 depending on size and embellishment.

You can see more pictures of her bags by clicking here.  She will also try to get them on Etsy as soon as possible and I will let you know when she does.

She can customize bags for you for a short period (while the leaves are still available!).

AND, she has offered free shipping for anyone that orders before November 21st.

Sasha has generously given me the one pictured above to give away to one of my readers!

There are three ways to enter to win the bag.

  1. Follow me with Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, or subscribe to my posts via email.  Then, just leave me a comment telling me you’ve done so. (This one is required and must be done before any others will be counted.)
  2. Go to Sasha’s facebook page and come back and leave a comment telling me which bag you would like to own or any other comment about her bags.
  3. This one will give you 5 extra entries: Buy a bag from Sasha (remember you have free shipping until Nov. 21st) and come back and tell me.  (You will need to leave 5 separate comments in order to be entered 5 times)

Giveaway ends on November 19, 2010 at 10 pm.

Good luck!


The Crocks said...

Hey girl! Following you from Tammy's Two Cents!
Can you follow back?

Thanks! :) Be sure to check out my giveaways, too!!

The Rheinlander's said...

Following from Friends Cafe! Looking forward to your post!

Nancy said...

I am following you via GFC. I would love to enter your giveaway and would love for you to follow me also.
nlpoe at hotmail dot com

SalemMomma said...

That bag is really cute!
Happy Thursday! New follower, hope you can stop by for a visit.

ashleynichole said...

I follow on GFC :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Jodi said...

Please include me in your giveaway!

Following you from the Thursday blog hops!

Please stop by and follow back when you get a chance. :-)

Have a great night!


polly said...

follow gfc publicly

Nanny Anna said...

I follow with GFC. I love your blog, it is so pretty with the pinks, and fav colors.

Oh, back to the entry. This is a really beautiful too matches your blog :)


nannyof2sofar at gmail dot com

asl said...

i follow on gfc. audreyshay at yahoo dot com.

Also, just so you know, i was unable to view any of her other bags. i checked facebook but it said it was unavailable. Im sure others would like to see them also!!

asl said...

Its working now ;) i love the fig leaf bag. audreyshay at yahoo dot com

/TEAMGAR said...

I follow you via GFC!

Anonymous said...

Email subscriber, have a blessed day!

lisa said...

I follow you GFC.

Jennifer said...

Following you on GFC (Jennifer Mo). Cool bag!

ailanna at hotmail dot com

Jennifer said...

My favorite bag is 'A simpler design.'

ailanna at hotmail dot com

SweetShenanigans said...

I follow you on GFC. (girl23rocks)

janetfaye said...

I follow you on GFC - janetfaye

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I love the detail work on her bags. I especially like, Sasha Maples Johns's Photos - New Leaf Canvas.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Yona said...

I am a Google Connect Friend. Email: yona(at)

Yona said...

I like this bag.!/photo.php?fbid=463269489720&set=a.440765259720.194427.840649720

She said she was going to do more to it, BUT I LOVE it just the way it is - simple and pretty.

Email: yona(at)

Jasmine1485 said...

I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485 :)

Kate1485 at

Jasmine1485 said...

I like the first bag in the album:

Kate1485 at