#497 – Button and Zipper Help + a Giveaway

The British Columbia Industrial Design Association gave Rowan the 2013 BCID Student Award of Excellence for the products in her Väärtus line.

When I contacted Rowan, she agreed to meet me. We spent an enjoyable hour talking about her time at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and her motivation for her Väärtus line, beautifully-designed pieces that are as attractive as they are useful.

Rowan understands that people who are functionally-challenged are interested in items that don't look as if they were assembled for use in a factory. In other words, design can and does meet function when Rowan sits down to conceive her pieces.

Be sure to check out her work on her website.

She has kindly agreed to offer Ora to one of my lucky readers! This device will help you when you are struggling with your buttons and zippers. No need for velcro on those pretty blouses!

Rowan is interested in hearing from you if you have any ideas for a new product. After all, how often do you get a chance to chat with a designer?

How to Enter and Rules:

1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below. Perhaps you have a product idea for Rowan?

2. Entries must be received by midnight PST on Sunday, January 5th, 2014.

3. This contest is open to anyone who has a mailing address in Canada or the US.

4. For extra entries to the draw, let's get social:

  • On Twitter? For an extra entry share the following: I just entered a #giveaway from @AuntieStress for Ora - a device to assist with buttons & zippers: http://wp.me/p1OifR-2dU. #RA
  • Make your way over to my Pinterest Board called "Giveaways." Earn one entry by clicking “Comment”, and leaving one. Re-pin it for another entry. Just leave a comment here, providing me with the link to where you pinned it on your Pinterest Board.
  • On Google+? Be sure to +MariannaPaulson when you share the link, and you'll earn another entry.

5. You must be of legal age to enter.

6. One winning entrant will be drawn from a hat. You will be notified via email. Your name will appear here, and on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.


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12 Replies to “#497 – Button and Zipper Help + a Giveaway”

  1. Thanks to all of you for entering this giveaway, and all the previous ones, too! Kia will receive Ora – the custom-fit button and zipper helper.

    If you’ve had a chance to see Rowan’s other products, please contact her for order information.

    For those who want a second chance at the Zip-it Opener (http://rheumfuloftips.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/492-blister-packs-and-clam-shells-a-giveaway/) please watch for the announcement on http://auntiestress.com/auntie-stress-cafe/.

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