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GIVEAWAY: Silkscreen Print

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Do you love what you do? Obvious Coni Della Vedova, a graphic designer from Barcelona, does. “After working with diverse designers for many years I started my own journey creating and printing my own designs. My chosen technic: completely handmade screen printing. The type of work that makes your hands hurt and gives you a lot of joy after seeing the printed results,” she says. Her passion for language, typography and sings has inspired her to create these fun collection of prints. And this week, one lucky reader will take home the one photographed above (11.7” x 16.5”, unframed). She sees the statement on this particular print as a life motto because it will make anyone who follows it very happy. All her designs are printed on acid-free paper with non-toxic water based inks, and they're open editions, signed and dated on the back. You can browse through her collection at ConiLab. Thanks Coni for partnering with me on this giveaway and making one lucky reader very happy. Good luck to all!

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GIVEAWAY: Phone case & Keychain • The Winner

Congratulations to Courtney for being the lucky reader to take home one of these chic leather cases for her phone. As you remember, these cases were born out of the vision and creativity of two talented people who followed their dream to become entrepreneurs. For Courtney, designing custom kitchens would be that dream. CONSOLATION PRIZE: even though you did not win this time, you can still get a 10% discount from their shop when using code THEDESIGNERPAD until May 31.


GIVEAWAY: Phone case & Keychain

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I love when people follow their passion and creative soul to become entrepreneurs, as is the case for two trendy Miami architects whose love for fashion inspired them to create this chic collection of cases for smart phones. After their frustration over not finding the right accessory to hold their phone, keys and credit cards all in one, and at a reasonable price, the mother-daughter team of Anabella and Daniella Smith, ventured to design their own line called d.nvlp. Made of 100% printed croc on cow leather, they're the perfect size to carry all of your essentials anywhere you go. Soon, their collection will also include iPad cases, clutches and beach bags. To celebrate the launch of their Etsy page, they're kindly offering my fab readers the chance to win one of their hot creations through this giveaway (the winner will be able to choose one of two cases shown in the picture above). Plus everyone will receive a 10% discount from their shop when using code THEDESIGNERPAD until May 31.

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GIVEAWAY: Eco-friendly Drapes

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It's very exciting to see how more and more home decor manufacturers are joining the environmental movement and coming out with sustainable products for our pads. Curtainworks, a great online source for ready-made curtains, is one that has jumped on the green bandwagon by offering consumers an eco-friendly and stylish alternative in window treatments. Caress Voile Sheer curtain panels are fashionable, affordable and feature Repreve fibers made from 100% recycled materials including used plastic bottles. I'm so delighted Curtainworks has teamed up with us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and sponsor this giveaway. Luckily, they're giving a reader the opportunity to be part of the green revolution and are hooking her/him up with a pair of Caress Voile Sheers panels. The winner will be able to pick from selected lengths and colors (white, ivory or linen). Ok, ok, here's how you can get your hands on this fab freebie. 

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Ready to Entertain

Congratulations to Katie, the lucky winner of this fab blue granite cheese board by EcoStone. Her favorite way to entertain is to have a tie-in to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She will often ask everyone to pitch in and make a contribution in their honor, or they'll do a little craft project or activity for all of the cancer-stricken kids at St. Jude. It is a lovely way to combine philanthropy and a great time. So Katie, kudos on your win and your kind heart. Keep up the benevolent entertaining!



GIVEAWAY: Granite Cheese Board

Do you love to entertain? I do, and one of the things I enjoy the most is looking for different ways of presenting my hors d'oeuvres. These one-of-a-kind granite boards, created by Roman Borisenko in North Carolina, are a great and unique way to serve them. Being an environmentally conscious guy, Roman uses repurposed pieces of beautiful and unused granite slabs with his growing collection of wine corks to create these very special cheese platters. The cool thing about a granite board (no pun intended), is that it will keep your cold appetizers chilled for a longer period of time — especially if you refrigerate it before using it.

(Drum roll) Roman is graciously giving one fortunate reader the chance to win one of his lovely granite boards (pictured above). He is also offering a 15% discount to all of you when purchasing any of his boards at his Etsy shop and entering the special code DESIGNER15OFF. So let's give Roman, and his wife Aleksandra, a round of applause for this fantastic freebie. Thanks guys!

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And The Icelandic Sheepskin Goes To...

Before I announce the lucky winner of this gorgeous Icelandic Sheepskin, I would like to thank all the readers who entered this fab giveaway. I also want to express my gratitude to Black Sheep (white light) for partnering with TheDesignerPad to bring you this contest. As a consolation prize, they have put the shorn white Icelandic Sheepskins on sale on their web shop — saving you $20 off the regular price until the end of this week.

Ok, so now to the moment you've been waiting for... has picked comment number 13 to be the lucky number, making LUIS from New York, the lucky person to be taking the eco-friendly Icelandic Sheepskin home. Luis feels “it would look great on his couch, especially now with the new slip cover. It would add that special touch”. Congrats, Luis and good luck with your new sheepskin. BTW, for those who weren't lucky this time, you'll have another chance to win another fab freebie later this week... Stay tuned!


GIVEAWAY: Icelandic Sheepskin

I've been wanting to get my hands on a sheepskin for some time, and while browsing the net to find the right one I finally came across a very neat online store Black Sheep (white light). Isn't that a cool name? I immediately fell in love with their variety of tones and large scale — and thought you would too. You can check them out here. That's when I approached them to see if they were willing to participate in a giveaway for my beloved readers. Luckily, they agreed. So thanks to their generosity, a fortunate reader can win one of their fabulous eco-friendly Icelandic Sheepskin, valued at $129 (above). 

After reading what Black Sheep (white light) is all about, I liked them even more. Believe it or not, these Icelandic Sheepskins are eco-friendly as they're bio-degradable and tanned 
without using harmful chemicals. To be specific, these sheepskins meet strict EU directives concerning 
environmental preservation and protection. They're really one of a kind. BTW, their generosity goes beyond this giveaway, as part of the proceeds of every sheepskin sold goes to help the homeless. You can read more about their great cause here.

Sorry, but entries for this giveaway are no longer accepted. But as a consolation prize, Black Sheep (white light) has put the shorn white Icelandic Sheepskins on sale on their web shop — saving you $20 off the regular price until March 6th.

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