A Christmas Giveaway!

Update 12.15.13: The winner was Melinda of The Refeathered Roost! Thanks to all who entered!

Every year since 2009, I have had great success on Etsy with my burlap and linen ragball ornaments. I am so blessed that year after year so many people want to buy them. I start getting requests in August usually! Since having children, I haven't had much time to work on my Etsy shop, but I always make sure to offer some of these babies for people to adorn their trees.

This year, however, something disheartening happened. Two new shops popped up on Etsy using the photograph above to list in their shops. My mom found the stolen images while searching on the site and quickly alerted me to this. I was dumbfounded by the first one. Angry even. I immediately went to facebook to protest. How dare someone steal my photograph! The outrage! I wrote to the shop owner telling her to immediately remove it or I would report her. She did. But I couldn't stop thinking about it and feeling frustrated and angry.

After a few hours with that...I felt God urging me to remain calm. To trust that he was in charge. To remember that he is my defender and all of my gifts, talents and success only come from him anyway. He also showed me how much I "enjoy the drama" of situations like this. All of the friends and relatives chiming in with similar disgust at the theft. I realized then...that is not how I want to live. I want to live in peace. Not drama.

So..when the second shop popped up again selling with my photograph (although slightly cropped)...I had a very different reaction. I could hear in my spirit the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Maybe, God was going to remove the success of these ragballs from my life since I held on to it so tightly? I didn't know. But I prayed and thanked him for all the success for the previous years. I wrote the second shop asking that the image be removed and within a little while it was (although she had already sold some of them with my photo).

I am not certain what the lesson is in all of this...maybe to watermark everything (oh the inconvenience! and this image has been out there and all over pinterest now for so many years)? Maybe...though...the true lesson is to know that our gifts and success are all to glorify God. And in every action give him the praise. So in, honor of that, I have decided to have a little giveaway this holiday season. I will be giving away one of my sets of 9 ragball ornaments (a $45 value) in white linen, natural linen and burlap. You can enter a variety of ways, and I truly hope, whoever wins enjoys these on your tree!

To enter you need only...

1.) Leave a comment here :)

for additional entries you can also....
2.) Share this post on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest (I will count each as an entry so let me know if you do more than one!)
3.) Sign up to follow my blog with Google Friend Connect on the sidebar (If you already do, just let me know and I will count you in as well!)

You must leave a comment though to let me know you have shared this post and/or signed up to follow my blog...otherwise your entries won't be included. Thank you!

The giveaway will end at midnight (EST) on December 11th and the winner will be notified the following day - be sure to leave an email address if you do not have a blog for me to contact you should you win.

And please feel free to share and use the image above just so long as a link is included back to this post! Thank you for spreading the cheer!

Happy Holiday Season and Merry Christmas!
~Alice W.

P.S. Next post...I will be sharing my Christmas decor! Come back to get a tour both inside and out!


  1. Hello dear Alice... you are so kind to take these things as calmly as you are now... I have been livid over people taking photos of mine and calling them their own (although mine were not anything I had for sale)... it especially hurt that someone took all of my photos of Tessy without asking and posted them as her own if you can believe it... you are an angel here on earth dear Alice... always kind... and forgiving... and turning a bad situation into a good one... I would love a chance to be entered into your generous giveaway for your ONE OF A KIND original rag ball ornaments... I am a loving follower of your blog as well... excited to see your Christmas decorations... love to you... doggie kisses to Renoir... xoxo Julie Marie

  2. Hello Alice! This post actually has inspired me to start my own blog.....something I've secretly wanted to do for a long time.....
    Anyway, I shared this post via Facebook, pinned on Pinterest, started following on Blogger thru google friend connect, (which was sooo easy, and sparked a fire in me about blogging even more) and now I'm rambling on in your comments, lol. Well I hope all this hard work pays off for me because I LOVE seeing all the precious creations you have come up with :) I think this is the answer He was looking for from you :) I know its hard at times, but its best to try and find the good in everything bad that comes our way....and you've gone beyond that by creating a "good" from your yucky situation. Take care!

  3. Oh, Alice ... I'm so sorry you had to endure this. Isn't it maddening?????????

    I've made these rag ornaments last year but mine aren't nearly as sweet as yours. I'd love to pile YOURS on top of mine an enjoy the pretty ones.

    Thanks for the chance!


  4. For Janet Glover: I tried to leave a comment on your blog and it wouldn't let me! Don't know if it has to do with our bad weather here in Texas??? But I shared your post! Hope all is well with you and your precious family!!

  5. What a wonderful attitude you have. Yes, it does happen....it's sad when it does. Enough said.
    xo Jeanette

  6. I would be thrilled to have these.. They really are beautiful!

  7. I would love to enter dear Alice. I am sorry for what you went through. I wonder why my first reaction is to retaliate when I have been wronged when I know that is not pleasing to God. I am praying for a quiet and gentle spirit this season...and to keep it the rest of my life.
    Hugs dear one...

  8. Wow! I am sooo impressed by this post. I love what you have to say, your egoless maturity, and that third paragraph really spoke to me...so much so it brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. I definitely will follow your blog and pin this with all cap letters linking to your blog. A beautiful blog and a beautiful post.

    1. You are the winner! I sent you an email...let me know if you get it! Thanks!

  9. So sorry that this happened to you. Thank you for the chance to win some of you handmade treasures. Blessings to you sweet Alice.

  10. Shared on Facebook, Friday, Dec. 6, 9am
    -Sylvi @ https://www.facebook.com/LittleCottageShoppe

  11. So generous of you, Alice. I understand how upsetting that kind of theft is but you have handled it beautifully. I'd be honored to have some of your beautiful ornaments.


  12. I will ask again, what is wrong with people? Stealing images is not cool - in fact it does disgust everyone. I'm so sorry this happened to you. It has happened to a lot of my friends and it seems to be happening more and more. I love your attitude and how you handled this situation.

    I adore your rag ornaments, hope you have some left!!!

  13. Large corporations have a team of attorneys to go after people who steal their brands, but sadly, there is little recourse for the average person when it comes to digital theft, even identity theft. It's infuriating, but it is what it is.

    On a positive note: Pretty ornaments.

  14. I have had your ornaments pinned on my Pinterest for quite a while……i love them…so beautiful. So sad to hear about your copycat and the stealing of your images. Don't let it get the best of you! I would LOVE to decorate my trees with your gorgeous ornaments! Gosh, I've only had my eye on them for a year. lol. They would be going to a good home :)

  15. Your thoughts are very inspiring and it is a great example to others how you have handled this situation. Your work is beautiful. It is so so very sad what people do these days and think it is OK. I am sorry for what has happened.

  16. They are so pretty ! I just love your style. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.


  17. Alice, once again you have expressed yourself beautifully and I would so enjoy winning your lovely decorations. Thank you for the chance!

  18. People never cease to amaze me with their dishonesty. What goes around, comes around, you did the right thing.

  19. It is so frustrating that people "steal" the result of your creativity. Glad the pictures were removed. I would love to own a set of these ornaments! Thank you for the opportunity!

  20. Hi Alice,
    I am new to your blog, and just love your sense of style and creativity! I have an Etsy shop, too, and though I haven't had sellers take my photos, I have had them steal my ideas...down to the very last detail. I certainly understand all the emotions that go along with it, sweetie. It's not a fun feeling at all. What God has shown me is that they can take, but He will always give me more than they could ever take away. And onto the next fun thing I go! That's what is so wonderful about being creatively lead by God. I want you to know that I could have spent an hour going through your blog! It is lovely, your children are precious, and I sense that you have a really sweet spirit. Can't
    wait to see what you post next!!

    I would love a set of your wonderful rag ornaments!! Please enter me!!
    Have a blessed Christmas season!!

  21. They really are lovely and it was so nice to discover your Blog this Evening.

    Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  22. I found this giveaway through someone else blogging about it! I love those ragballs you made and would love the chance to win them.

  23. I am now following your charming blog!

  24. Dear Alice, I so love your rag ball ornaments, they would be a more than perfect addition to my Christmas tree and I would love to be able to share them with my sister, as her birthday is the 10th of December!! Sorry to hear your story, it is very disheartening to hear. You have a great attitude and heart. That being said, we are your newest followers, and pinned your beautiful Christmas Ornaments to my mother's "Christmas" on Pinterest! Looking forward to visiting again.
    XO Celia & Glad

  25. Hi Alice, we also posted on our blog :)))

    Merry Christmas!!

    Celia & Glad

  26. That has to be beyond frustrating having someone steal your photo/ideas. Good for you for trusting in God, he sees all my friend. These are the
    cutest ornaments ever... sharing on pinterest now. Merry Christmas!! http://www.pinterest.com/armeniangirl/ xOxO

  27. ~ forgot to mention I already am a follower! *~

  28. I am so glad to see you post again. i have followed your blog since before your kids came along and i love your decor style. I can't wait to see your christmas decor post. thanks for the chance to win your ornaments....

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  30. Alice,
    I've added on Pinterest too.

  31. Would love to win these Alice! They are wonderful!!!!

  32. I have been blogging since 2007 and used to follow you faithfully but somehow, ibthink when Google began changing everything, i lost you. So glad to find you again! And you have two children now. The last i remember was your first born as a baby. I too have an etsy and have had things stolen. It is very disheartening, all the copying but the Lord always tells me to let it go and continue on in peace. To cultivate peace so it is nice to hear you sharing the same. That you are hearing and doing what he whispers into your heart. The Lord will bless the poor in spirit...the meek...the peacemakers. He leads me to take the low road and to live quietly, gently. I am not here to enter to win your kind Giveaway just to tell you to keep calm and carry on in His love.

  33. Beautiful Alice,
    And so you to GiveAway a bit of Christmas that has lasting memories of who the gifted was.
    I have been following from the start, in fact when I started blogging it was you I came to for a bit of help setting up me blog site and you kindly eased my nerves and helped me out !

    It's so wonderful to see you in the light as a Mom and holiday decorating for your beautiful family.

    Congrats to who ever your winner is.


    Joyeux Noël


  34. Your ornaments are so pretty and charming. I admire the way you handled a difficult situation, something we could all learn from I'm sure.

  35. what a wonderful little bit of your heart to share... thank you!


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