Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway

This drawing is now closed. Thank you to all who participated.

I am known to have a HARD time keeping a gift until it's the right day to give it. I have to give it early, because I can't stand the waiting! I just LOVE to give gifts. So I am going to get started early with the giveaways. I will start with the first one:

"Are you in need of some pampering? We've got you covered! You can use your Cozy Cash Gift Certificate for any item(s) in our shop! Win this $10 Gift Certificate from Cozy Moments - Bath, Body, Home."

Rules: Please enter by leaving a comment below about your favorite way to pamper yourself. Make sure that we have a valid email to get in touch with you if you win. One entry per person please. We will draw a winner on Monday, February 4th. Be sure to check out the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival for a LOT more fun giveaways!

Have fun!

Have You Seen It?

I added something new to this blog yesterday. Have you seen it? Over on the right...yep, scroll down just a little...stop! Right there! It's "My Faves". Every now and then I will see something that I really like, and want to feature it. Each picture has a link back to where you can purchase that particular item.

Want something of yours featured? Just let me know by leaving a comment here, giving me permission to go looking around in your shop/site, and grabbing a picture to use here. You never know...yours might show up tomorrow!

Monday, January 28, 2008

We're Looking for 100!

Hello! Wow! We've gotten such an amazing and positive response to The Downtown Boutique! We are so excited! So, I have a challenge...I'm looking for 100. That is, 100 people who will add us to their "blogroll" by the end of February. Are you up to the challenge? Be sure to let us know in the comments if you add us to your blogroll, so that we can keep count....I won't comment on this, so I can keep track better, but please know that I thank you, thank you, thank you!

Have a blessed day!

Oh, and don't forget, we still have some spots open for February advertisers! February 1st is this Friday...only 4 days away!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Sew Gracious Bags

Sew Gracious Boutique Bags are handmade one-at-a-time. Using fabrics by popular designers such as Amy Butler, Michael Miller & others, every bag makes a statement. Colors, patterns & textures are carefully combined to produce gorgeous bags which are sure to bring compliments to the ladies carrying them. While some basic bags are always available; most are limited edition and many are one-of-a-kind.....OOAK. Sew Gracious Bags are offered in many styles & sizes to suit the needs of our customers. With the selection of handbags, diaper bags & the new market totes; a Sew Gracious Bag is sure to be "just right".
Each bag is is fully-lined & fully-interfaced (exterior, lining & handles) for a sturdy, durable bag that will look great for years. Inside, the lining fabric compliments the exterior fabric and there are always lined pockets to hold necessities within easy reach. All ribbons are securely sewn on, never glued & ribbon ends are heat-sealed to prevent fraying.
Sew Gracious also offers a great selection of accessories, with new items being added for 2008. Monogrammed key fobs, checkbook covers & ponytail holders have long been customer favorites. A personalized item is always a welcome gift for friends, teachers, secret pals or yourself! The newest addition to the Sew Gracious Accessories line is the mini wallet. It's the perfect size for business cards, driver's license, debit cards...even some cash. More new accessories are coming soon in 2008.
The Sew Gracious studio is a clean, smoke-free environment. Only the finest fabrics, trims, ribbons & supplies are used to create the bags & accessories offered. Handmade with professional precision and an eye for detail, Sew Gracious Bags & Accessories are well-known for durability and style-ability. Pam, the creative force, designer & seamstress of Sew Gracious, brings a lifetime of sewing experience to her finished products. With her background in many types of needlework, sewing, heirloom sewing & an entrepenurial spirit; Sew Gracious combines her talent, experience & love of creativity to produce beautiful bags & accessories.

Sew Gracious Bags & Accessories are available at the website, and also at the Sew Gracious Etsy shop,

Giveaways and Contests

Who doesn't love a contest or a giveaway? I sure do! In that light, we're looking for some great items to give away! Do you have something, that retails for $10 or more, that you would love to give away in a contest? If you do, then we will include you in our "Sponsor" lineup for one week. Leave a comment and a way to contact you, and we'll get back with you about your giveaway.

So let the games begin!
*****WOW! We've gotten a great much so, that we are FULL for February! Thank you!
PS...Don't forget...we still have some spots open for February advertisers. If you are interested, please email me!

Monday, January 21, 2008

This Is What Your Feature Might Look Like

If you want an example of what your feature might look like, here it is:

Angie is the owner and creative "force" behind Rio Oso Designs. You can see her banners all over Etsy. Do you need a business card design to match your banner? How about a "Thank You" card to tuck in your packages to your customers? She can even do jewelry or clothing tags. How about a blog banner? Check out her 100% feedback to see what her customers have to say about her work.

Welcome to The Downtown Boutique

Hi there! Welcome to The Downtown Boutique, a virtual shopping treasure. The Downtown Boutique is a blog that is for people who love to shop and buy handmade. I don't know about you, but I LOVE the ability to shop in my jammies! So, whether you are an artist/crafter, or whether you just LOVE to buy, be sure to stay tuned to The Downtown Boutique!

Starting February 1st, we will be offering advertising spots here on TDB (initials that we will use frequently from here on out!). Please email us at for more information on availability and pricing. When you advertise on TDB, you will be featured in one post per month, as well as have your ad banner (385x128) displayed for everyone to check out. We will be accepting 5 spots per month. We will also offer a monthly "Link Listing" (15 spots per month), as well as a small ad banner (125x125) spot (10 spots per month) with a link. If you need someone to design your ad banner for you, just let me know, and I will be glad to do it for you. You can check out some of my other designs at

I look forward to getting to know you, and working with you!