Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Small Adventure Giveaway

I like to plan little adventures.

Small, quaint little field trips that involve lovely new discoveries and all things pretty. I like to think of them as Mini Safaris. I trek through new places, armed with my camera and notebook, ready to find new things.

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Small Adventure is a gorgeous Etsy store that reminds me of these pretty field trips I dream about. I am completely and utterly smitten with the darling whimsicality that can be found in this treasure of a shop. Keiko and Anna are the lovely people behind Small Adventure, and their combination of note cards, pins, gift wrap and textile goods just steal my heart and make me want to go on more pretty adventures.

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I would be wrong if I said that their goodies remind me of a fairy tale. Small Adventure is too cute and lovely to be a grandiose story of princesses and knights - I liken this store more to your favorite nursery rhyme. Simple and lovely and treasured. With their inspiration being good photography, meticulous organization, talented illustrators and great designers, you know that each piece in their shop is well thought-out, and a charming statement of what they love.

Keiko lives in South Pasadena, California. A town that I am very familiar with, seeing though I lived in that area for 7 years. I agree with her that the best thing about South Pasadena is that there are so many trees! Being close to Los Angeles, there's always a film crew shooting a movie, taking advantage of South Pasadena's green beauty. You can also find Keiko at her little bloglet. The other half of Small Adventure, Anna, lives in San Francisco - another beautiful Californian city.

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The great thing about Small Adventure is that it's given Keiko the opportunity to turn her creative hobbies and passions into something more. Her beautiful art is definitely something we can all appreciate! And while we appreciate her art, she appreciates anything that involves custard or cream. Bring on the fruit tarts, creme brulee and eclairs!

Keiko is generously giving away the Thank You Card, Salutations Card and Leaf Pin pictured in this post. For your chance to win, leave a comment here telling us about one of your own small adventures that you've been on. I will announce the winner Sunday.
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PS. CALLING ALL TEXAS BLOGGERS!! The Cupcake Social is coming up in May. If you are interested in more details (it will be in Houston), please email me at spotty_zebra@hotmail.com

64 comments:

homemade grits said...

i love that darling elephant!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

loving those salutation cards! gorgeous! xo

Tori said...

my favorite small adventure was when my husband and i went on our first date. we skipped work, went out to dinner, and explored an outdoor shopping mall. it sounds simple, but it was an amazing night.

Liv said...

Well, I just moved from Nashville to Minneapolis, so that was kind of a big adventure!

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

Hmmm... Currently there is only one small adventure on my mind. My husband and I are taking a trip to Turkey to visit a few friends. I am counting down the days!

P.S. I'm having a little giveaway on my little blog, and I'd love if you had a chance to stop by!

P.P.S. I'm in for the Cupcake Social!

Jennifer said...

Well... this weekend my husband and I grabbed the camera and just walked around our land with our dog. It was a wonderful adventure! Seeing everything starting to come back to life after the winter!! :) What a neat giveaway... her art is beautiful!

Jill Turner said...

This shop is wonderful! I live in DC and try to go on adventures all the time. I love running around the monuments, digging around vintage bookstores, and going to outdoor markets! :)

Erin said...

Adventures are wonderful!!! I dream about them, too, although normally daily life takes over and the little adventures I dream of taking never happen...

But sometimes they do...

There's a place near where I live called McConnell's Mill State Park. Growing up, I went hiking here regularly, and this continued through college. McConnell's Mill is just the type of place you want to spend hours exploring, and the type of place that even though I have been going there my entire life, I still feel as though there are more treasures to be found around each bend. There's the old mill that is the focus of the state park, but then there are all the other little places to see... my favorite being this old bricked well-type thing that you can get into from the bottom, right next to the river. It's damp and old and quiet, and makes you feel like you've found something that no one else has, and that you could hide away for hours with a good book there. There are plenty of waterfalls to find, new hiking trails, old bridges... the list goes on and on, and hopefully will continue to through my kids and grandkids!

MYSAVIOR said...

What a wonderful shop! I love the elephant and the leaf pins are sooooo pretty.

A small adventure for me would be to our local garden center. I love looking at and photographing the beautiful flowers.

alyssa said...

oh so beautiful! one of my favorite little adventures is to just get outside with my camera and take pictures of the lovely little things I forget to notice on other days

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh what cute lil things!!! I love mini safari's!! There is a zoo by me, a kind of mini zoo & I try to sneak there at least once a summer! Count me in please for the giveaway! =)

AMKreations said...

The cards are lovely. Great work.t

Alicia said...

I don't have much for adventure in my life, but i love that little elephant!

Sandy a la Mode said...

i LOVE the elephants, so darling! one small adventure i went on awhile ago was a road trip from kansas city to denver to las vegas to los angeles to san francisco! i was helping a friend move back home to san francisco... but since then, she's moved back to kansas city and i couldn't be happier!

Gali said...

I have culinary adventures almost every single day. It's one of my greatest pleasures in life to discover new ways of cooking things. Today I made egg and tempeh noodles, they weren't half bad, I'd say that it was a positive adventure!

Sarah Esther said...

i love the stationary. i would write notes all day with these!

my favorite small adventure right now was this morning's walk. we ventured downtown by way of some backroads and found some great architecture and gorgeous gardens. It was neat to see our neighborhood from a much slower perspective.

Bethany Dirksen said...

How cute is that reusable mailing envelope!

My recent small adventure was going to NYC for two days. With a four hour bus ride, two days is a short trip, but it was perfect. We went to a broadway show and walked around town, ate great food and saw good old lady liberty.

Alexa said...

I love their stuff!

I recently traveled to Calcutta, India and while that was a large adventure in and of itself, it was filled with lots of small ones too. The first day we tried street chai, we walked 100 feet down the street to a table with a few pots of boiling goodness. We handed the man 5 rupees ($0.09 US) each and he handed us each a small, red, clay cup of chai. It was the best chai I've ever had. We sipped slowly, trying to enjoy every last drop of the piping hot goodness. We walked back to our volunteer house slowly, clutching our tiny clay cups, excited for our next round of street chai.

Nupur said...

My recent adventure- I am teaching (as a volunteer) cooking classes to kids, friends, community college students...being a teacher for a couple of hours is fun and quite an adventure!

julia said...

Our recent small adventure was a trip up to my parents' house for a long weekend. We took our new icecream maker with us, and had great fun experimenting with different flavours and ingredients, making a new batch each day! We also went on some long walks, messed around in the garden, and hiked for a few hours up a mountain and along a high moss covered ridge, for a 360 degree view. Great fun!

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missavene said...

My favorite recent small adventure happened just yesterday. I still nurse my nearly 2 year old daughter, although with an active 4 year old, it’s usually just a sip here and there, no really bonding time like I had with her as an infant. But yesterday I jumped in the tub with her on a whim, and we decided to nurse there. For some reason my 4 year old kept busy watching a TV show, and I was left to wade in the warm water with my nursing baby, tummy to tummy……. It was a wonderful little adventure, that will likely be my last of that kind with her.

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Kim said...

My favorite small adventure is Sunday drives with my husband and kids. On nice days we explore the more rural parts of our area and find the best little hidden spots, not to far from our own front door!

kimhigueria(at)gmail(dot)com

CarzooCritters said...

sooo cute!!!

One of the adventures I have embarked on ( not so small ) was moving from orlando florida to los angeles california. It is such a huge change from living on the east coast all of my life, but i LOVE it out here!

I have yet to go check out pasadena and that will now be on my to do list for another mini adventure! =)

CarzooCritters said...

forgot to leave my email =)

-breanna

carzooCritters at gmail dot com

Sarah Mina said...

Such cute note cards! And OF COURSE I am interested in the Cupcake Social! I'll send you an email just in case :) We need to get together before then, too!

Amber said...

How beautiful! I went on a little mini-adventure today by taking a long and scenic route home, stopping by a frozen yogurt place - Berry Chill - because the weather was so nice!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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jamfiescreations1 said...

I love everything, but my favorite would have to be the little elephant.

ashley kitto said...

love the shop! love the cards! my small adventures begin each friday starting at noon...:)

Emily said...

One small adventure was going camping and kayaking in the mountains with some high school friends. We also slept in a barn during that trip!
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Meghan said...

So sweet:)

I just took a small weekend adventure with my hubby to Boston - we had such a blast exploring a new city!

Kaye Prince said...

The only small adventure I can think of right now is my upcoming trip to Minneapolis in May! You already know all about it, but I just can not wait!

Torie Jayne said...

Such sweet cards! My biggest adventure was moving to New York after college! Have a sweet day!

Kim said...

The last adventure I went on was a road trip with my hubby! We went thrifting and were lost on back roads! We had ton's of fun and laughed lots! xo

kimberly.long at gmail dot com

Samy ♡ said...

There is a "hidden" sort of park in the middle of my neighborhood and I've been on many small adventures attempting to relocate it... harder than you think! I swear this place moves around.

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

olive juice photography said...

ooooh nice finds!

kittycat said...

my favorite adventure was when my boyfriend and i drove two hours away to the closest drive-in theatre. it was so amazing!

xo tiffany

Victoria said...

Enter me please!

My small adventure was when my dog was lost in the middle of the mountain during one of our family outings. What we were looking for hours, but ultimately it was he who found us haha!

coloressinmezclar@hotmail.com

Victoria

K. Davis said...

the other day I went for a walking adventure in the downtown area outside the base (in Korea), and came across a sweet little craft shop. It was a 4 mile walk, but well worth it!

Maria said...

my small adventure. probably hitchhiking through Cyprus..it was fun:)

BEadECLECTIC said...

One of my favorite small adventures was flying in an airplane for the first time when I was 21. I was terrified but excited!

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AlisonWonderland said...

I can't think of any adventures I've been on recently (other than immersing myself in various fantastical books) but I'm going tandem skydiving for the first time on Sunday! so, that's my adventure, in advance.

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Sara said...

We love to go adventuring through the park - it has a small grove of trees, which to a toddler must seem like a forest.
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Nicole Marie said...

how cute! my family and i have been on lots of little adventures growing up. traveling with my family is never a straight shot and never without some adventure and a great story.

Carissa said...

what a cute shop! and so funny that the giveaway items are just the ones I was going to say I love! I swear! :)

my favorite small adventure? hmmm. I love day tripping in general, going anywhere new is always fun. though I can go to Santa Barbara again and again and again! my most recent small adventure was to the huntington gardens... that was pretty amazing! and I was definitely "armed" with my camera!

p.s. thanks so much for the bday wishes! sorry I made you feel "ancient"! haha.

Lily said...

Most of my small adventures involve me going outside to find inspiration for paintings.

jennifer young said...

hooray for small adventure! love that i get to enter this time!!!

latest small adventure was going for a run in the hills during the rain with husband...lots of mud, lots of fun. post rain was glorious! rainbows and glistening plants! was quite the adventure!

thanks for the giveaway dionne!
j.
jmt413@gmail.com

Savvy Gal said...

Your story about Montage melted my heart a little. : )

@ByHandGiveaways said...

I went on a small adventure to met my BF for the first time, had to navigate public transit and an airport all alone

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letterstobetsy said...

what beautiful things! I love the elephant! how cute!
Thanks for taking a look at my blog :)
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FEDERICA said...

Love the elephant and this post!
Federica
xoxo

uglygirl said...

I love small adventure! My latest small adventure was venturing to a part of my city that I'd never visited before even though I'd driven past many times and I've lived here all my life. I must be more adventurous from now on!

Lulu said...

i love love love the way you describe things....the way you write! and that felt envelope is so amazing! thank you for sharing =]

avant garde said...

hadn't heard of them, but hey, etsy would take a lifetime and a half to see everything :) but that's what makes it great especially when people (like you) highlight certain artists stores. i'll be checking out those felt re-usable mailers. genius!

Jessie said...

I love all of this... but the Dala horse cross stitch is my fav.. i collect dala horses :)

xxxx
great blog!

AmbreRose said...

Small adventure? When I do something its usually pretty big. Well with spring coming up I've been thinking about the tulip fields near my house and going out again with my family and taking beautiful photos. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

Heather Taylor said...

My most recent adventure was to San Francisco, a city that I had never been to and stayed in alone for six days in a hotel. I think that riding the trolley for the first time was the most glorious experience...you think it's going to go extremely fast down the hills and you'll fall off but you don't. It stays at smooth sailings the entire time! And then you get addicted to riding it and spend the rest of the afternoon running up the steep hills in order to catch it and ride again :)

McCarthy Designs said...

Hi Dionne, thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. My life with my WH is a great adventure but my favourite adventure with him was on our honeymoon in Tahiti, we were staying on one particular island for a few days so we hired a scooter and spent a day motoring around. It was great fun despite being dropped into a ditch beside the road, being overtaken by a 160kg local on his scooter and ending the day with very sore bottoms! xx

goldenpondstudio said...

I liove the cards they are super cute! my email is goldenpondstudio@centurylink.net

gracey said...

My latest adventure that I've been has been rekindling and revisiting my love of theatre during the past two years! Thank you.

The Prickly Pinecone said...

An adventure I just had was an amazing trip to visit family. It was long and tiring but oh so worth it!

thepricklypinecone(at)hotmail(dot)com

Abby said...

My small adventure is when I went hiking with family members for a couple of hours before getting stuck in the rain and calling for backup (car)

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Selene said...

My small adventure involves me going to Singapore on my own for a few days and spending the days away walking and shopping, all on my own!

shiki6210 at gmail dot com

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments. This giveaway is now closed.

Vanessa Mala said...

When and were is this cupcake social, I would love to come and meet some bloggers, as I am fairly new to blogging, but not readign blogs. :)
Hi Dionne! Hope to meet you one day.
-Vanessa