update 02/18/11: thank you all for entering my OWOH giveaway!!!!! The winner of my handmade Vespa Scooters Pillow was selected via random number generator and I am happy to annouce that the winner is...NoodleBubble from the UK!!! Her comment was "Lovely to meet you - we have a kitten the same age as your pup - HARD WORK! Having a whistle top tour of the OWOH Blogs today...will pop back again for a longer stay...look forward to see you soon - #728 http://noodlebubble.blogspot.com" Congrats NoodleBubble!! I hope you love your Vespa Scooters pillow!! I'm off to eMail you now. I had plenty of fun visiting blogs and participating in this OWOH, hope you all did too! Thanks again everyone for all your super lovely comments!! Stay tuned for more giveaways this Spring!!
Have you heard of the fantastic mega bloggy giveaway event called "One World One Heart"? It's where bloggers all over the world connect to meet other bloggers and make some new friends - and also offer a giveaway, absolutley free to their blog visitors...how fun!! Here's what I'm giving away...the pillow on the right side of the photo -- a handmade Cool Vespa Scooters linen pillow + pillow insert!
The main point of the One World One Heart bloggy event (other than the fun and free stuff) is for the online peeps to get to know the bloggers a bit more...and so, for anyone who hasn't ever visited my wee little blog before, (and for those returning) -- welcome to Joey & Aleethea's blog! I'm "Mamaaaaa!!!!!", but you can call me Sandra. I have two super awesome kiddos - a 4yo son Joey, and a 2yo daughter Lily.
Where did the name Joey & Aleethea originate? Well, when Joey was newborn babe and I was just launching my clothing line, I already had a furry baby named Aleethea, our loyal loving pet...who keeps me on my toes and tries daily to be the boss. :)
Here's Joey & Aleethea on a stroll in our yard:
I'll tell you a bit about me...but for those who are my regular (not that you're regular!) but my usual bloggy friends, you'll already know most of this, but do try to stay awake, k? :) I'm a wife of 6 wonderful and adventurous years to 1 amazing man whom I refer to as The Hubbs Joe, with whom I've been with for 10 years. I'm also a packleader to 2 crazy fun and well trained, loving, yet simultaneously ferocious German Shepherds named Aleethea and our new puppy Souvlaki, who is an adorable 6 mos old:
You can always find me with a camera in my hands as I adore photography.
There's always music playing in my background wherever and whenever possible, as it feeds my soul and allows my children and I to dance and sing together. We try to instill in them a true love for music and the arts, and incorporate that into our daily lives as much as possible:
This is me with my baby girl at the park, doing what she loves...singing and saying higher, higher:
And here's my son and I, doing what he loves...being a super hero:
Yes I am a lucky Mama of a super hero, for sure. I was born in New York City to Greek and Latin parents and into a big and loving family. I lived in the amazing and multi-cultural NYC 'til I was 30 - for a decade of which I lived most days in Manahattan as a workaholic in the corporate world. I've also lived in Athens, Greece and can still see my beautiful home there when I close my eyes. My college degree says I'm a Computer Programmer, but my Website and Application Development days have of late been overtaken by my creative side who likes to sketch and sew, run a handmade business, raise kiddos, train the dogs, go out and play, and sometimes cook and clean.
The Hubbs Joe and I were married on a beach wedding in Jamaica, West Indies while the waves crashed into the sand and our flip flops imprinted "Just Married" on the sandy shore.
Before we were blessed with children, The Hubbs Joe and I spent many hours each week playing sports together, and were usually found on the handball courts in NYC on weekends til the sun went down. Awesome days. Then when our babies were born and I started sewing much more than programming and building websites, we were living in Orlando Florida just a few minutes from Disneyworld, which was a very touristy few years for us, filled with many trips to famous destinations, busy theme parks and very busy beaches. After 5 years of forceful hurricaines, and days where the sidewalk was too hot to walk my dog, we decided to relocate where the trees were not all palm, and where our chances of getting struck by lightning were quite lower. :) Now our little family currently resides in Durham, North Carolina, I'm a stay at home mom to my kiddos (although for clarification, we don't just stay at home) and we're pretty much living a small town life. It's very, very quiet here. We live amongst the tall trees on a quiet block and there's not much noise here at all...oh, except for us of course. We bring the noise. Yep, we're those neighbors. :D
In my free time (haha, "free time") I love love love to design handmade clothing, touch textiles, and feed fabric to my sewing machine. We're the ones at the local playgrounds wearing the coordinating outfits in designer fabrics, handmade by me. Good times:
So, with a toddler and preschooler and two rather big and active doggies, my days tend to be very, very busy. Even if we just spend a day lounging at home or in the backyard, if you have kids you'll know what I mean - there is always a whole lot going on with the little ones, and always something to be done. In addition to raising my kiddos, I also run a handmade business where I make everything myself - and somehow, I actually get a whole lot of sewing and business tasks accomplished during the week. Not as much as I'd like to...but, alot.
But when I'm with my children, I actually focus on not multi-tasking, and so I don't usually have time to crank up my sewing machine and sew up any fun handmade goodness during the daytime...although I would really, really, love to be able to. But my children are very young, and I do know that it won't always be like this, and so I cherish this time in their lives and we spend as much time together as possible, because they won't be little forever. I adore being a stay at home mom, waking up with them, taking my children out to explore nature, museums, fun places, etc -- and watching my kids play and learn and grow (and fight, and nag, and yell, and scratch, and throw things and...I digress).
But after the day is done, and while they're all tucked into their beds and asleep, I'm a bit of a nite owl...and I really enjoy sneaking away to the other room for a few hours - to my little studio here to sew some super fun clothing.
And then...ocassionally...I get to make something just for myself, or for our home.
Something that keeps me up even after I finish it because now I have to stare at it :) and then photograph it, over and over again...something that keeps me awake, and makes it necessary for me to have to repeatedly slap my eyelids to keep them open the next morning...yet something oh so worth it.
And what's better than that pillow on my couch? How about that pillow on your couch? That's right, I am giving it away!!!!!!! This super fab piece of lovely can be yours!!! Since I am participating in the "One World One Heart" event, I am giving away that incredibly delicious "Cool Vespa Scooters" designer pillow cover, and the pillow insert too! It's 18" x 18" (45cm x 45xcm) and it's made from a gorgeous and now out-of-print and super rare linen fabric, and it will be handmade by me, especially for you. It'll go out to someone, somewhere in the world, and it just might be you!!
How can you enter to win that lovely Vespa Scooters pillow? Just leave a comment right here on this post. So simple! The winner will be announced here on my blog on February 17th - via a random number generator. I'll also eMail you - so be sure to leave an eMail address and your blog address/Facebook with your comment. Good luck to you!! Hope you win!! :D
And I promise to have more giveaways in 2011...just because!
I really appreciate you stopping by my blog, and thanks especially if you didn't fall asleep while reading all the boring stuff about me and mine...and last but not least, your comments most definitley, really truly mean so very much to me.
This giveaway is part of the wonderful and mega bloggy giveaway event entitled One World One Heart - and if you're a blogger and want to participate by giving something away, then see info via this link.