This giveaway has closed. Thanks everyone! See my post from today (June 1st) for the winner and be sure to follow my blog for the next one!
My sweet kitty has inspired this month's giveaway: Maneki Neko! Yatta!
Maneki Neko's are also known as Beckoning Cats, Lucky Cats, Money Cats, Welcoming Cats, and Fortune Cats. They are believed to bring good luck to the owner and I have heard that they're considered even more so when received as a gift. I'm just sayin' ;)
Because our gestures differ many Westerners think that Maneki Nekos are waving when in actuality they are beckoning, as in "Come here!". Generally the left paw up beckons customers, while the right paw up beckons wealth and good luck. Traditionally Maneki Nekos were made to resemble Japanese Bobtail cats - white, orange, black calicos with kawaii nubby tails - but now come in many colors, each having a different meaning (see my definitions list here).
Okay I could ramble on forever about Maneki Nekos but I'll get on with the giveaway instead!
The MAY GIVEAWAY is...
♦ a custom color Maneki Neko* from yours truly
♦ PLUS the debut Rock album from The Redding Shift (that's been getting nothing but rave reviews!)
♦ PLUS a wonderfully decadent bar of soap called Black Hole from Dark Side Soap
♦ and more dark & delicious samples from the EtsyDarkTeam!
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To enter this giveaway simply visit SWStitchery.Etsy.com then leave me a comment here letting me know what you'd like to see more (or less) of in my shop!
Be sure to leave me a way to contact you if you are not a Blogspot user (your Etsy shop, Myspace, email, whatever you like). This contest is open to team mates, friends and all.
Contest ends May 31st, 2009 at 11:59pm CT.
Want more entries (up to 4 total/person)? I will happily award additional entries if you additionally do one or more of the following:
- Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.com - comment here with a link to your tweet (Twitter.com/SWStitchery if you'd like to follow me there).
- Blog about this giveaway on your blog - comment here with a link to your blog post.
- Promote this giveaway in a Myspace Blog or Facebook Notes post. Again, be sure to post a link to it so I can check it out!
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*The winner will get to choose the Maneki Neko's color (samples here), whether it will be a pin/brooch or ornament or hair clip, and gold or silver tone bell. Full details will be emailed to the winner.
The winner will be chosen with the help of Random.org and should be contacted with 48 hours of contest end with the exception of Acts of God(s) or bribe induced choco-comas.