Saturday, October 27, 2012

Giveaway: 2 Playsilks from BirchLeaf Designs — $26 ARV {11.25; Worldwide}

This is a joint giveaway between Natural Parents Network and many other natural parenting sites. You may enter for all of the giveaways at one site only. Please find the section marked "Win it!" for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries.

Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide!

Natural Parents Network, Hobo Mama, and 24 other natural parenting bloggers are giving away 89 items perfect for gifting for the holidays as part of the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide. The combined total value of all of the items is $2,550.

Have you finished your holiday shopping? The NPN Holiday Gift Guide is a great opportunity to complete your gift-giving purchases for family and friends, while supporting many naturally-minded small businesses. The companies who have provided items for giveaway are almost exclusively made up of small businesses or work-at-home families.

The Rafflecopter entry system is at the bottom of this post (and on every post participating in the Gift Guide). Please visit some of the other review posts listed below and read about the fabulous companies offering giveaways in the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide.

2 play silks — BirchLeaf Designs playsilks giveawayPlease continue reading to learn more about BirchLeaf Designs, which is offering our readers a giveaway of 2 Hand-Dyed Playsilks (winner chooses colors!), a value of $26.

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Whimsy, wood, fabric, and family at BirchLeaf Designs

BirchLeaf Designs etsy store logo playsilks giveaway

I was very interested in trying out play silks with my kiddos, so I went to Etsy. On the recommendation of a friend, I checked out BirchLeaf Designs and was instantly enchanted by what I saw. As the tagline puts it, their shop is filled with "whimsical wood & fabric playthings."

As I read more about the store, I was even more impressed:

BirchLeaf Designs is a small, family-run business in northern Marquette County - lovely Moon Mountain, near the Yellow Dog River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We live off the grid...making natural playthings and some housewares for children and adults alike. We live, work, homeschool, create, love and play nestled amongst the Hemlocks.


We invite you to browse through our shop for treasures that will last for generations to come and when they are "done" they will go back to the earth where they came.


Your purchase supports a stay-at-home family! Big Love!

If you take a look in their shop, you will be struck by the beautifully vibrant colors of playsilks available. I was drawn to the earthtones, but they offer rainbow and pastels as well, so you're sure to find colors your kids connect with and ones they can transform imaginatively into any natural element.

I love the handcrafted wooden products as well: daggers, shields, and leather sheaths; fun chunky play clips that would be the perfect accessory for building playsilk forts; and Waldorf-inspired paint jar holders.

In addition to toys, the shop offers gifts for new mamas and babies and household accessories.

Be sure to connect with BirchLeaf Designs:

Creative play with playsilks

I was thrilled to open up our package of playsilks. Can you tell who else was? Alrik wore his cape so happily!

These silks are vibrantly and beautifully dyed — I love the rich green and plum colors! I chose the dark purple since it's Mikko's favorite color, and the deep green since it lends itself to natural play.

The size is just right — generous while simple for kids to manage. The silk material makes them feather-light and easily manipulated into any shape or fluttering fancy.

We've already used ours as capes and peek-a-boo props, and I asked some friends on Facebook the creative ways their kids use theirs. Playsilks can be flags, doll slings, skirts, blankets, and wigs. They can be used to represent water or lava or grass or the walls of a house. Playsilks are one of those open-ended toys that inspire kids to make up their own stories and find their own uses, and I love that!

toddler playing peek-a-boo with play silk — BirchLeaf Designs playsilks giveaway
Where's baby?

toddler playing peek-a-boo with play silk — BirchLeaf Designs playsilks giveaway

toddler playing peek-a-boo with play silk — BirchLeaf Designs playsilks giveaway



You can purchase your own playsilks at BirchLeaf Designs. Playsilks start at $13 for one and are available in discounted sets of two, three, four, seven, or fifteen (woo!). Colors available are traditional rainbow, pastel rainbow, and earth rainbow. Shipping starts at $2.50 to U.S. addresses and $3.50 everywhere else in the world, which is all very reasonable.

A couple other items I'd love to grab are the cedar teething necklace for $12 (beautiful present for a new baby!) and the wooden bug box for inspecting critters ($20 and perfect for a homeschooling family or curious kid!).

Just for Natural Parents Network and Hobo Mama readers, BirchLeaf Designs is giving a 10% discount on all orders from now through November 25. Enter code NPN during the ordering process.


For your own chance to win a set of two hand-dyed playsilks from BirchLeaf Designs, enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below. (Rafflecopter will be live November 1-25).

The winner will receive 2 playsilks, and the lucky ducky chooses the colors! Contest is open WORLDWIDE.

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This is part of a larger giveaway hosted by Natural Parents Network. You may enter the whole giveaway at one site only, and we'll be recording IP addresses to ensure that there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do visit and enjoy all of the participating sites!

Please note that each entrant can win only one prize, and NPN will be randomly assigning prizes to the winners. One of the giveaway questions asks which are your top five prizes so we can try to match winners to their preferences.

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Thank you for your interest in the Natural Parents Network Gift Guide! We invite you to read the reviews of other participating bloggers and return to enter the giveaway between November 1 and 25. Many of the giveaway items are open worldwide!

Here are the participating sites and companies. (Reviews go live between October 25 and October 31, and all links will be live by November 1.) We’ve included any coupon codes the companies have offered so you can get your holiday shopping under way!

Publishing on Thursday, October 25, 2012

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