the ReFab Diaries: Giveaway
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If you've ever considered turning a hobby into a business, then this story is for you. Lisa Polderman (aka PoldaPop Designs) was given an old sewing machine in 2009. After leaving her intense job to become a stay-at-home mom, she decided to dust off the machine and take lessons. That was in 2010. Since then she's grown a small, but thriving, business creating custom-fitted skirts, dresses and accessories for local clients (Lisa lives and works in Berwyn, IL). Lisa is, essentially, a tailor - remember those??!! Most of her work is custom. Everything is unique. And when she has 10 spare seconds (!) she makes unique things to sell in her Etsy store ("like" her on Facebook right now and get a free shipping code). Beautiful, unique things. So I'm promoting an inspiring small business, but where's the ReFab you ask???  

Hmmmm... I'll tell you. You see the wallet? And the purse? Lisa is a master at thrifting/inheriting buttons, zippers and incredible vintage fabrics. Her wallets are created almost entirely from upholstery samples. Any time you see a flower, it's made from fabric scraps and vintage buttons. And if you want some help making something yourself, check out her tutorials. Meanwhile, the giveaway... 

"Like most guitar players I eventually found myself without a guitar pick. In a pinch, I cut them out of materials I had on hand such as plastic lids and expired credit cards. I remember saying to myself, 'there must be an easier way!'  So that's when the Pick Punch was born."  Von Luhman, Inventor

The Pick Punch® has been available since 2009 but I saw it for the first time recently, when I worked on a post about re-using old credit cards and gift cards. I thought it looked like a genius product, so I wrote to the inventor/owner (Von Luhman) and asked if I could have one to test, then give away to you lovely doodle folk... he said yes! (FYI: Pick Punch® is a local business for me - I consider Indiana local and I'm thrilled to feature them!)

I learned to play acoustic guitar very young and was taught to pick with my fingers. So I've never used a pick myself. However, I know plenty of people who do, and they lose them all the time. For $24.95 this punch pops out a life-time's supply of 1-3/16″ (30mm) tall by 1-1/16″ (25.5mm) wide picks in the standard tear drop shape (351 or Fender shape). Here's what Von told me about the resulting picks:

We make picks here as good as, if not better than, a factory. And you can also make picks from materials that are not sold by the guitar industry, so it's actually better in many ways.  You can put left or right handed bevels on our picks unlike factory picks (they tumble them with even bevels). 

The punch is exactly what it looks like - a very strong stapler/paper punch. It arrived with a sanding block, which I wasn't sure I'd use but did. In the picture above, I have the yellow card positioned design-side up for the shot. However, if you flip the card over, you can see exactly where the shape will punch out and position it accordingly. Very handy for aesthetic purposes. 

The punch works perfectly - cuts through the card with little effort and the resulting pick has a really clean edge that is quickly beveled/perfected with the sanding block. I popped out picks from two gift cards and a credit card. I was done in minutes and had ready-to-wear jewelry in another hour or so (see the tutorial for the guitar-pick earrings and pendant).

I'm as impressed with the Pick Punch® as I hoped to be and excited to send it to a new home! Giveaway opens 12:01 EST Tues, 7/3 and ends Fri, 7/6 at midnight. WINNER announced Sat 7/7. It's easy to score multiple entries and increase your chances of winning - enter below for details... (Open to US residents 18 and older)

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Ok ... another jewelry giveaway for you! I was inspired by all the leafy earrings I saw in Anthropologie's spring collection and transformed some dull silver leaves from thrifted pendant earrings (Detailed post here). Like the negative earrings and pendant I gave away last week, these are carefully made and one-of-a-kind. I'm giving them away because... well, it's a fun thing to do.  :)

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment (please leave your name and/or email address so I can identify and contact the winner!). Not in the US? No problem - happy to ship out of the country.  
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And the winner is ..... Leigh! I'll be sending you email confirmation today and requesting a shipping address - can't wait to send them to you. A big thank-you to everyone who entered - I really am flattered that you wanted these quirky little pieces. There's another giveaway on the horizon... this time an actual crafting tool! Watch this space (or Facebook)

{giveaway open 'til Thurs, 6/21 - midnight EST}

Hi nice doodlers... want some free stuff? I posted a tutorial for the negative earrings and another for the necklace. Now I'm ready to wrap them and ship them off to a happy home somewhere!