Thank you for YOU… and a giveaway with Homespun Haley

Yesterday, I spent the day with my family, grateful for their loud, whiny, funny, crazy, fussy, sweet, irritating, endearing selves.

Today, I want to take a moment to say thank you for YOU.

Thank you for you!

Thank you for accompanying me on the mom journey. Thank you for every comment, every laugh, every tear, and every moment of sweet mama solidarity peppered with authenticity, openness and vulnerability. I set out to write this blog to help normalize the mama experience. Turns out, you all do that for me every day, too. THANK YOU.


By extension of thank you, I hit up three of my wonderfully creative friends who graciously donated items from their super-cool businesses for a Thanksgiving weekend giveaway. WOOHOO!

Every day, today through Sunday, I’m going to introduce you to a new friend, her awesome business, and a fabulous giveaway. Details on how to enter the giveaway are at the bottom of this post.


Homespun Haley

Today, meet my friend Haley.

Haley is a self-described urban farmer, corgi owner, food lover, blogger, hard-core thrifter, sewer, loving wifer, Etsy shopper, scary movie lover, chicken mother, cleaning hater (word, sistah), late nighter, DIYer, decorator, and avid gift-giver.

Whenever I need a break from my own mess and a little bit of gorgeous vicarious living, I hit up Haley’s site. It’s pretty. So is she. My bitterness at Haley’s penchant to create beauty from everything around her is mitigated by the fact that she’s a total goofball and blogs using phrases like “I’ve been sewing my face off.” It soothes me.

Haley sewed her face off making this tote purse, and now we’re giving it away.

Everyday Tote Purse

Item Description:
Simple and vibrant tote bag, perfect for everyday use, weekend outings, beach trips, your farmers market loot, library escapades, etc. This bag will be your go-to bag for everyday needs.

Exterior is light weight home-decor fabric in fresh, multicolored, horizontal stripes. Fully lined in a charcoal gray cotton, which helps hide the dirt and grime that shows up in the bags we love and use often. Reinforced straps and interfacing make this bag sturdy and durable.

– Approx 16″ wide x 15″ tall
– Handles are approx 26″ end to end (13″ high)

– Exterior: light-weight home decor fabric
– Interior: charcoal gray cotton
– Easily fits wallet, keys, sunglasses, phone, sweater and other goodies.
– The bag folds up easily, so it is also the perfect addition to any vacation trip.

– Machine or hand wash cold. Line Dry. Iron (warm) flat if needed.


This giveaway is now closed. Korie Buerkle, you won!
Congratulations, Korie!

This giveaway is now closed.
To Enter:

Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00pm (Pacific Time) on Friday, November 23rd. One entry per person, please.

This drawing is open to international participants ’cause this is my blog and I can do whatever I want.

The winner will be selected using a random number generator and posted on Saturday. Check back for the winner AND ANOTHER GIVEAWAY on Saturday.


Do check out Haley’s store on Etsy, and her kickin’ blog, and like her on Facebook. None of those things are required to enter the contest. I just love Haley, and I think you will, too.


Haley isn’t a sponsor of this blog. Or an affiliate. I get nothing from this other than a rad opportunity to thank you for reading here. Haley donated the tote. I’m paying shipping. Disclaimer, disclaimer, blah blah blah.


ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
  1. Lovely! One can never have too many lovely bags!

  2. Thanks for all the entries and love, y’all! This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Korie, our winner. New contests Saturday and Sunday!

  3. Oh oh pick me pick me! Very cute bag!!!

  4. I love your blog and found it through your post on crappy kids 🙂

  5. I LOVE tote bags! This one is fabulous!

  6. Oh, heck, yes, Haley makes some super cool bags. And I am a super cool moma. How perfect is that? Ha ,ha, hahaha. I mean, super tired. Besides all the things Haley mentioned that could go easily in the stripe tote bag, like library books, farmers market finds, etc., I’ll bet a six pack (of beer, duh) or a bottle of wine would fit too. Put my name in the hopper, please .

  7. Cute bag! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. That bag rocks. It reminds me of a velour shirt I wore throughout 7th grade, even when I had completely grown out of it and it was kind of a half-shirt by the end of the year.

  9. Adorable bag! Great giveaway! I’m going to have to follow the blog, too! Nice to meet you, Haley!!

  10. Cute bag!

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