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I’m a self-proclaimed Etsy addict.  Whenever I am in the market for something that can be purchased handmade from another mom, I first check Etsy, a place where anyone can put their handmade goods up for sale!  My experience there has been very positive, with a few exceptions.  The key to a successful shopping “trip” there is to check the feedback and return policy of the shop you’re thinking of purchasing from.  Then order with confidence!

The shop I would like to feature today is a mother/daughter team-run shop called Made By Mardi.  Here you’ll find handmade goodness intricately embroidered – personalized gifts that any child or new mom would love.

A little bit about the mother & daughter who create all this loveliness:
“We are a mama and grandmama just trying to share some personalized crafts as a passion we love to pay for more hobbies and crafts of our own… and we love to make our customers happy!”

My Thoughts…

Thanks to Made By Mardi, I received an embroidered dress-up doll with three outfits, a super soft personalized minky toddler pillow with embroidered cotton pillowcase, and an ouchy hot/cold pack to review.


Personalized Minky Pillowcase (found here in their store): This is my favorite item received from Made By Mardi.  I love the super soft minky material and the size of the pillow is perfect for my two-year-old.  It would actually be a great accent pillow or a small pillow for a child or teen, too.  I love that they send you the pillow and pillowcase – I wouldn’t want to have to find the right size pillow for myself.  I’m glad they make it so easy!  It’s a beautiful accent in her room, and the embroidery is flawless and whimsical. Please note that they also make and embroider custom cotton pillowcases. I received one of these as well with my daughter’s full name embroidered on it, and I love it!  You can personalize your own minky pillowcase plus pillow for $23.00.

Ouchy Hot/Cold Pack (found here in their store):  These hot/cold packs are perfect for little owies.  They can be placed in the freezer or microwaved for 20 seconds in order to soothe owies.  My little girl loves that this is her personal hot/cold pack and asks for it when she gets hurt.  You can order one for $6.00.

Embroidered Dress-Up Doll Kit: I also received this adorable embroidered dress-up doll with three outfits.  I was able to customize the doll so that she had red hair and blue eyes like my daughter has, and even choose our favorite colors for the outfits.  I love that the dolls are practically indestructible!  I wouldn’t be able to allow my two-year-old to play with paper dolls right now because they would be torn to shreds as soon as she tired of them, but this solves that problem completely.  The outfits stay on the doll via snap, and it’s easy to snap the outfits on and off.  Such a cute and unique gift idea!  Oh, and it also  came in a little personalized bag with my daughter’s name embroidered on it.

I also own one of their embroidered bibs, and I can tell you it is the CUTEST thing ever!  I highly recommend anything embroidered for baby at Made By Mardi.  Personalized gifts are simply the best!

Made By Mardi has 100% positive feedback!

Their return/refund policy: Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If there is an error we will make it right. If your are not satisfied with a product, upon return we will cheerfully refund the purchase price (excluding postage and handling). If an item is defective or unsatisfactory, a resolution (exchange/refund) can be made within 5 business days of delivery. If you have any questions, concerns, or problems please do not hesitate to contact us.

Made By Mardi is offering one lucky winner a $12 Gift Certificate (and free shipping)!

{Prize} Gift certificate (12$) to be used on the Made By Mardi website. And free shipping!
{Eligibility} Open to the US.

{Mandatory Entry } Visit Made By Mardi and look around, then come back and tell me in a comment what you would spend your $ on if you won!

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Giveaway will be closed on August 17, 2010 at midnight PST and winner notified by email and posted on this website (either in this post or in a new winner’s announcement post).  Winner will then have 48 hours to reply to my email or I will have to re-draw another winner.  Good luck, everyone!

Disclosure:  I was provided with the products reviewed above so that I could share my thoughts and experiences with them with you.  This post is 100% my own opinion and written in my own words, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone.  I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – this website is about honest experiences with products!

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