Thursday, October 30, 2008

Treating Your #2s Like Number One

If ever there was a match made in Etsy heaven, it’s the combination of fresh, fun fabrics with pencil case practicality. Literally. And heaven knows it’s about time. Unless you were the one kid in elementary school savvy enough to bring a mechanical pencil to class, you know the chagrin of reaching into your backpack to find only a sad scattering of chipped, blunted, and cracked #2s at your disposal. You whittled them back to form with your thimble-sized sharpener, but what you really needed was a pencil case. Well, now’s the time to redeem yourself, with a fashion-forward twist. Allie of Alliebeans, perhaps in memoriam of those vexing childhood moments, but more likely in recognition of the basic needs of pencil-wielding artists all over the Etsyverse, has come through for us with a deliciously diverse and delightful gallery of pencil cases and other fabric accessories in retro-modern themes.

Now, lest one think we’ve lost our staples, we know Allie didn’t invent the pencil case. It’s just that it’s hard to imagine that anyone has ever taken more time to fine-tune the presentation of these items, not to mention that of the darling box pouches and wristlets that flesh out her collection. From the streamlined, classic cylindrical shapes she employs to the snappy intuition of designs like Tangerine Sprouts or Pig Silhouettes on Red, there’s a scheme for every sketcher, and the “flip side” of her products are just as pretty. The glee of a Chicken Dance, grace of an Autumn Breeze, and sense of completion in the Peapods with Green Herb Lining. The practicality of the Criss Cross coaster and the pizzazz of the Red Hippo Tissue Case. Whatever your pleasure, Alliebeans is there for you, and who knows? You just might get your first sample “on the house,” because the winner of today’s giveaway will receive the Keychain Pouch of his or her choice. To qualify, visit Alliebeans, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Tell us in a second post if you happen to subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 11/7/08.

**We have a winner! blueviolet who said,"I like the Criss Cross Fabric Coaster - Green Hippo and Daisies set. Those are awfully cute."***

159 comments:

Alorinna said...

I love the catwalk pencil case (sadly, sold) - that's so cute!

Now if only she'd make one with german shepherds... ;)

alorinna@gmail.com

Alorinna said...

I subscribe, so leaving second post as directed. Thanks!

ann marie said...

I love the fabrics she uses...everything is so cute it was hard to pick! The Autum Breeze Wristlet is my fave. Thanks for this giveaway=)

Millie said...

I love love love the autum breeze wristlet! Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

Millie said...

I am a subscriber :)

Whitney said...

totally in love with the black sheep white sheep pencil case!

Whitney said...

I'm a new subscriber!

Jenn S. said...

I love the fabric of the Autumn Breeze wristlet. This would be great for grab n go shopping excursions.

SeptemberLovely said...

I love the dragonflies pencil case. It's wicked cute. I definitely hope I win though cuz I looove the hedgehogs heart ladybugs coin purse too!!

SeptemberLovely said...

<----subscriber!

mommyjen99 said...

My favorite item is the Wristlet - Autumn Breeze. Pretty design on the fabric
jen62728@aol.com

mommyjen99 said...

I am a subscriber
jen62728@aol.com

Adrienne said...

I love everything in her store, but I mostly LOVE the apple keyhchain pouch and the leafy pencil case!

a_rose_l[at]hotmail.com

Adrienne said...

I am also a subscriber!
a_rose_l@hotmail.com

reb said...

I love the Pencil Case - Daisy Chain.

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

Just Another Hofeling said...

I love the mustard Martinis Key chain pouch. A safe place to put my keys, if i attach it my purse.

Autum H.

Viv said...

The Hedgehogs Heart Ladybugs pouch is adorable!

judybrittle said...

I really love the Black Sheep White Sheep pencil case. That is really adorable!
judybritte at aol dot com

judybrittle said...

I'm subscribed
judybrittle at aol dot com

Aalilye said...

I love them all but my favorite is the Autumn Breeze Wristlet.

lisagee said...

Keychain Pouch - Hedgehogs Heart Ladybugs is cute!

Carol said...

Being a former teacher makes me love the Farmers Market wristlet. Love these!!!

Hanna said...

I love the black sheep, white sheep pouch. I also like the hedgehogs keychain pouch.

Hanna said...

subscriber

Berry said...

My fave is the Dragonflies pencil case. The coin purse sized pouches are a great idea too!

Berry said...

I subscribe!

Whimsical Creations said...

My favorite is the Pencil Case - Ladybugs and Flowers.


=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

I'm a subscriber.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Carolyn said...

I love the Hedgehog Heart Ladybug keychain pouch

thanks for sharing

difyis

Carolyn said...

I am a subscriber.

ceashark at aol dot com

thanks for sharing

mverno said...

The Hedgehogs Heart Ladybugs pouch

Ho said...

I have been a long time fan of Alliebeans so I was so excited to read this post! I have 5 of her pouches now..yikes! She is extremely talented and is great with custom orders. Buy them for everyone you know! The Farmers Market key chain pouch is great!

Shannon said...

I like the black sheep, white sheep pencil case.

sarah said...

i like the autumn breeze wristlet.

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

Sandy said...

autumn breeze or hedgehogs mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

Sandy said...

subscriber mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

Christy said...

I like the Farmers Market Yellow Polka Dot Coasters. Very cute. Thanks for the great giveaway. ecghick@yahoo.com

zoe hunter said...

I love the Autumn breeze wristlit..very cute..thanks so much for the contest.

zoe hunter said...

I am a subscriber..thanks

kellyache[at]hotmail.com said...

The chick pouch is my favourite. Big enough, but small enough.

kellyache[at]hotmail.com said...

A subscriber, too.

Jenn said...

I just HAVE to put two..the Mustard Martinis Keychain Pouch is too cute and I just love Jessica Jones fabric so am totally loving the Peapod Pencil Case!

TwoWishes said...

You have the best taste -- thanks for sharing your finds with us all!

I love the Peapod Collection pencil case because it's the colors of our nursery-to-be. Maybe I can find a baby-related use....

Tara
twowishesblog at gmail.com

TwoWishes said...

Also a subscriber, thanks!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - My favorite alliebeans product is the
Daisy Chain Pencil Case, in those beautiful bold black, white and blue colors and wild design!

idahomom said...

Farmers Market Wristlet would be nice.

Jenn said...

Oh my gosh, what isn't to love?! The fabrics are so so adorable! If I have to choose a favorite it would be the Farmer's Market keychain pouch. So cute!

dolphinky@aol.com

Irit said...

I love Keychain Pouch - Farmers Market - the apple fabric is great.

iritca [at] gmail.com

Irit said...

I'm a subscriber.

iritca [at] gmail.com

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this. I would love to win. i like the tropical wristlet. Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

ecky said...

i love the keychain pouch - hedgehogs heart ladybugs. what cute fabric!
elkesten at yahoo dot com

The Jackson Family said...

I love the pig silouhette pencil case, so adorable!

The Jackson Family said...

I am also a subscriber:)

John said...

I love the Big Boar, Baby Boar pencil case.

John said...

I subscribe, so leaving post number 2.

vboackle said...

i like the autumn breeze wristlet.

pinklady said...

I really like the keychain pouch. Funny thing is, I'd pick the Goodnight Gray...very nice.

toughturtles said...

Pouch (MEDIUM) - Black Hippos

windycindy said...

The "Autumn Breeze" Wristlet is lovely! Please enter me in your fabulous giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am a subscriber to your site. Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

AmandaSue said...

I like the criss cross fabric coasters in pink/gray the colour combo is nice!

mogrill said...

The Dragonfly pencil case is cool!

hazel said...

I love the Wristlet - Autumn Breeze
mitanari[at]yahoo.com

Skywaywaver said...

I like the baby box pouch (coin purse) because my wallet will not give up coins. It's very selfish that way. LOL
hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

Jenna said...

What cute fabrics. I like the Autumn Breeze wristlet the best!!

Sharon said...

LOVE the Pencil Case-Daisy Chain the best...thanks :)

Sharon said...

am subscribed. thanks again!

kygirl said...

Pouch (MEDIUM) - Black Hippos Love Green

h. said...

farmers market is awesome- green apples!
hmcnaron gmail com

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I love the Wristlet - Autumn Breeze! The pattern is absolutely divine!

imanoptimisticbeauty(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I`m also a subscriber! Crossing my fingers & toes on this one :O)

imanoptimisticbeauty(at)yahoo(dot)ca

sito50 said...

I like the Medium Flat Pouch "Black Hippos Love Green." Such fun fabric!

Andy said...

I absolutely love the Keychain Pouch in Goodnight Gray.

Andy said...

I'm a subscriber.

janetfaye said...

I like Criss Cross Fabric Coaster - Green Hippo and Daisies.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.



janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

ignoramoose said...

I totally adore Hedgehogs Heart Ladybugs and The Chicken Dance box pouch!

ignoramoose (at) gmail (dot) com

Chantelle said...

I love the dragonflies pencil case.

amy purple said...

I love the farmers market pencil case with its bright oranges! And the goodnight gray keychain pouch! Such cute products. thanks! pposwaps(AT)gmail.com

blueviolet said...

I like the Criss Cross Fabric Coaster - Green Hippo and Daisies set. Those are awfully cute.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

blueviolet said...

I'm a subscriber too.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

Tonya said...

black sheep white sheep pencil case is my pick

Dee said...

I like the Pencil Case - Black Sheep, White Sheep!

Dee said...

I am a subscriber!

shellydelight.etsy.com said...

my favorite is the goodnight grey keychain pouch!
Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Michelle
Shellydelight@gmail.com
Shellydelight.etsy.com

Anonymous said...

I like the pencil case in the dragonfly pattern. cardeb2@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I am a subscriber! cardeb2@verizon.net

Carrie Poisel said...

I like the I Love Turtles keychain pouch. Thanks!

Blessings,
Carrie

poiselcarrie(at)yahoo(dot)com

Erika said...

I like the Autum breeze wristlet and the I love Turtles pouch

SuburbanGypsy said...

I think I like the Chicken Dance Extra Wide Box Pouch. My mom adores chickens and I think this would be perfect for her.

Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway! Good luck to everyone!

thesuburbangypsy [at] gmail [dot] com

eggshell said...

the tissue holder would be so handy.

Kari said...

Peapod Collection pencil case is adorbale!!

Kari said...

subscriber!

Brenda Jean said...

I love the keychain pouches, especially the Goodnight Gray one! These are SO creative:)

Brenda Jean said...

I am a subscriber:)

Sara Cross said...

autumn breeze wristlet is adorable! cute etsy site...yummy fabrics!
saraccross@yahoo.com

Sara Cross said...

also, I subscribe!
saraccross@yahoo.com

RE said...

The hippos coin pouch is too cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

Hayley said...

I love the Farmers Market Pencil Case!

oreo89 [at] gmail [dot] com

Babz said...

My favorite is the Hedgehogs Heart Ladybugs Keychain Pouch so cute!

Smiles Across Miles said...

I love the Farmer's Market keychain pouch.

Peggy said...

Too funny , Keychain Pouch,Hippos Love Pink Coriander , fun and would look so cute in my large purse. Count me in to this happy contest

Peggy said...

I subscribe

Tamara said...

The THE PEAPOD COLLECTION - Pencil Case - Peapods with Orange Polka Dots is really awesome looking.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara said...

I am a subscriber.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Becca said...

I really like the Criss Cross Fabric Coaster - Green Hippo and Daisies (Qty 4). Thanks!!!

socmama said...

I like the Pencil Case - Peapods with Green Herb Lining and Aqua Zipper. Thanks!

socmama said...

I'm a subscriber. Thanks!

jennem said...

My favorite is the Pencil Case - Ladybugs and Flowers.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

toohotforturtle said...

I like the Dragonfly pencil case

toohotforturtle said...

I am a subscriber

andreashops said...

I am subscribing =) I like the fabric coasters in Pink Gray Aviary.

andreashops said...

I subscribe.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Keychain Pouch -Hippos Love Pink Coriander.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Amandatinkerbell said...

Love the Keychain Pouch - Hippos Love Pink Coriander!

nanja said...

I like the Criss Cross Fabric Coaster - Organic Green Leaf Very nice pattern

nanja said...

I'm a subscriber

justicecw said...

cute things...I like the farmers market key chain pouch. justicecw@hotmail.com

janehixon said...

my favorite is the Hippos Love Pink Coriander key chain pouch.....adorable!

Laura said...

Love everything of alliebeans!!

wainbowmudd@aol.com

rosannepm said...

Farmers Market pouch

soapdeli said...

The Farmers Market Pencil Case is my favorite.

Brittney said...

I like the Goodnight Gray the most

wwe11 said...

I love the black sheep, white sheep pouch. Thanks
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

bison61 said...

I like the Tissue Case - Red Hippo

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Sherry R said...

My favorite is the Peapod Collection pencil case!

Sara said...

my favorite is the Criss Cross Fabric Coaster - Farmers Market Yellow Polka Dot

kaylee8 said...

I love the Large Keychain Pouch with the Ladybugs and Clover!

Melissa B. said...

I love the Hippo Butts! Key chain pouch.

Rebecca said...

Everything is so fun and functional! I liked the Tissue Case - Red Hippo - it would be perfect to have in the car or to give as a gift to my stepmom - she always is prepared.

Rebecca said...

I'm a subscriber too!

Miss Heidi said...

I like the Pouch (SMALL) - Black Sheep, White Sheep. It's got that retro look I love. Thanks.
Heidi
sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Black Sheep, White Sheep pencil case.

jassmg2024 said...

Love the dragonfly pencil case

sharon said...

the autumn wristlet is my fav, so pretty

Carolyn said...

I like the Hippo and Daisies Cozy Coasters!

klp1965 said...

i like the Pencil Case - Tangerine Sprouts

MoonMaiden said...

My favorite product at Alliebeans is the LARGE Keychain Pouch - The Ladybug and The Clover :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

ols[dot]moonmaiden[at]gmail[dot]com

MoonMaiden said...

I subscribe to your feed in Bloglines :)

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calgirl said...

I subscribe

calgirl said...

Pencil Case - Farmers Market design is my fave.

Tammy said...

Keychain Pouch - Roving Robots - My daughter would love that!

fancyfeet48 said...

Farmers Market Wristlet would be nice

Christina said...

My favorite is the Pouch (SMALL) - Black Sheep, White Sheep!

Christina said...

I'm a subscriber!

Magsmatt said...

The Farmers Market Pencil Case is adorable! PERFECT for my new orange purse!! :)

SeahorseLady said...

I like the fabrics that she used. My favorite is the Extra Wide Box Pouch - The Chicken Dance.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

DieselMonkey said...

i like the Keychain Pouch - Roving Robots. perfect size for some money and cards in the diaper bag.
(email in profile)

katybug said...

I think the Baby Box Pouch (Coin Purse) - Marching Ants is very cute.

Helen said...

I adore the Extra Wide Box Pouch - The Chicken Dance.

Swtlilchick said...

I love the Keychain Pouch - Hippos Love Pink Coriander.Very cute and
love the fabric.Please enter me
and thanks for the giveaway

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

lilyk said...

I love the Black sheep white sheep pencil case!

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your blog.

Anonymous said...

if i could be really, really specific, how about the extra wide box pouch in the mustard martinis fabric? it'd be perfect as a little travel kit.

caitlin1e at hotmail dot com

oona said...

I am a fan of the Robots Keychain Pouch! So rad!

Thanks for the giveaway!
foxsquirrelrabbit AT gmail DOT com

oona said...

I am a subscriber! :)

Thanks!
foxsquirrelrabbit AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I might give the "Keychain Pouch - Farmers Market" to my school-teaching BFF-xoxo-thanks

mamamy26 at gmail dot com

Anam said...

I choose the Large Box Pouch - Hippos Love Swirly Dots.