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. Love the bag!!

  2. wish i could sew my face off and create similar things!

  3. The tote is so pretty! Crossing my fingers it’ll be headed my way soon 😉

  4. Clicked over to Haley’s blog to check out a post or two…. and kept on reading for 45 minutes!! LOL. Love your blog, and her blog, and the bag. Hope I win! xoxo

    1. That’s exactly what happens to me! Haley’s blog should come with a warning. 😉

  5. Thanks for the giveaways Beth! I happened upon your blog a few months ago and have been a follower ever since, your writing often puts a smile on my face just when I need it, so THANK YOU!

  6. I do love your blog! I’m pretty new to this Mama thing myself (my daughter’s just about to turn 1) but often find myself looking for tote bags to tote, well, stuff! baby toys, veggies, change of clothes, etc…this bag would come in so handy!

  7. OOO! Pick me! I love it and Beth’s blog (so we have something in common…)!

  8. What an awesome tote! And a lovely Thanksgiving giveaway!

  9. This is too cute. Found your site through another blog, now I am addicted.

  10. Oh thanks for introducing us to Haley and her blog. My creative juices always start flowing as the weather gets colder, so I’ve been looking for some good inspiration. Like her recipes as well! And one can always use another super cool bag.

  11. Me, me…oh, pick me! I need more patterned items to break me out of my solids-only rut!

  12. Love the blog (I have 5 kids too) and the bag is adorable!

  13. What a beautiful bag. I would love something I could use as a diaper bag but isn’t one!

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  15. Cute bag!

    I’m new here, but I’m thankful for your blog! It has me in fits of laughter 🙂

  16. I am a Homespun Haley fan! Her etsy shop is great! Cute tote, Haley!

  17. What a beautiful bag! I enjoy your blog so much, and just started following Haley’s blog, too! Thank you for introducing her to us.

  18. I love the bag! (And Haley sounds pretty awesome too!) Thank you for all YOU do. Normalizing the mama experience (with laughs) is a noble endeavor 🙂

  19. Thank you for writing the truths about motherhood (and being a wife). 🙂 I love reading your posts and check every day to see if you’ve written!! I love Etsy and had fun perusing Haley’s shop.

  20. so pretty; so stripey; so loverly

  21. I really DO love tote bags….. and this one is particularly lovely….

  22. Love your blog, love this bag!!

  23. Yay for giveaways! And by the way, your blog is the only one I read regularly (and I’m not just saying that because you’re giving away stuff).

  24. What a beautiful bag! Beth, your giveaways are so fun! And just look at all the comments this generated! 🙂

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