I was contacted recently by Catstudio, a unique design shop whose Geography Collection I have long admired (ever since I spotted it in the Uncommon Goods catalog). They make hand-embroidered pillows, aprons, totes and trays featuring whimsical illustrations of the favorite places you have been to (or hope to visit)- across the U.S. and beyond. The pillows ($155 apiece) are a best-selling item for Catstudio. People snap these up as wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, and hostess gifts; they are perfect for remembering a honeymoon, hometown, or special destination. They are fun, colorful, sentimental, and educational all at once.
These are no ordinary pillows. Many hours of research and handiwork go into each design. Each city, state, region or country is thoroughly researched before being turned into a sketch (“locals” are consulted to make sure the designers make smart choices in which landmarks to include- or not). Each pillow is embroidered entirely by hand. What results is an heirloom quality collectible- I received the New York City pillow and I know it will stay in my family for generations (it is already a collectible- it shows “Shea Stadium” instead of Citi Field!)
For our 3rd giveaway of the week, FIVE winners will be lucky enough to receive a Geography pillow of choice (pending availability). Each of these pillows retails for $155.
Win it! FIVE READERS will win their choice (pending availability) of a Geography pillow from Catstudio. Here are the contest rules (they have changed a bit- please read carefully!) Remember that you can enter as many of this week’s giveaways as you’d like now from now until Sunday, May 2nd at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Monday morning, May 3rd (with the exception of the Minted.com giveaway whose deadline is tonight; that winner will be announced tomorrow, Thurs. April 29th).
1) Visit Catstudio and then leave a comment here about which Geography pillow you’d choose. Leave your comment on THIS post (click on “comments” below).
2) Post your comment by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 2nd. You may leave an extra entry if you are newsletter subscriber (please mention that you are a subscriber, or leave your e-mail address to subscribe). US addresses only, please.
3) FIVE WINNERS will be chosen at random (using Random.org) and announced on Monday morning, May 3rd.
4) NOTE: If you wish to be contacted by e-mail if you win, please include your e-mail address in your comment. Otherwise you must check back on Monday, May 3rd by 10am. If the prize is NOT claimed within 72 hours, the next random winner (using Random.org) will be contacted.