Wednesday, August 31, 2011

3K Giveaway!

Karmen Lindner Photography and I would like to thank all of our wonderful fans and clients for their support and dedication to our businesses. We would not be where we are today with out you people! So, here is a big THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

Not one, but many different people will win in our 3K Giveaway! We will use to pick ONE winner per prize. We do have a few local vendors that prefer only locals to win their prizes, and so they will be chosen accordingly.

Now, on to our list of wonderful vendors:

Madtown Topper

One lucky winner will receive a Newborn Mermaid Cocoon set and ANOTHER lucky winner will receive a $30 gift certificate for my shop. The gift certificate can be used in my etsy shop, OOAK sales, or even a custom order.

Karmen Lindner Photography

The very talented Karmen Lindner is giving away not one but TWO kiddo mini sessions for local fans - to be scheduled for September. I'm definitely jealous of these two lucky winners!

Sew Whimsey

$25 Gift Certificate

Backdrops Floordrops by Imajen

$50 Gift Certificate

Yummy Design Studio

$15 Gift Certificate 

Photographers Gathering Place

One year platinum membership (valued at $49)

The Album Cafe

$75 Gift Certificate

Oh So Posh Photography

Bohemian Symphony Collection Action Set

Rain Drop's Photography Props

One crochet hat

Swanky Stitch Fan Page

One item from their 'In Stock Shop'

Shabby Lane Boutique

Winner will receive the Neena (a dark grey suede flower clip) AND the Rosa (a silk dupioni rosette flower clip in your choice of color).
the Neena

the Rosa

**Fans can also receive 10% off their purchases using coupon code SHABBY10 in the shop linked above**

Garden Chic

$20 Gift Certificate

Oopsy Daisies

Candy Corn Beanie in Newborn (winner pays for shipping fees $3)

The Shoppe

$50 Gift Certificate on a la carte orders

Business Basics

Six Photography Business Forms - Perfect for those just starting out their photography business

Birdie Boutique

$25 Gift Certificate

Patricia Rae Designs

Newborn size skirt and belt - Vendor will cover shipping fees

Eleventh Avenue Tutu

White Pettiskirt in 0-6 months

Paola Jofre Photography

Photoshop Mentorship PLUS Actions (value of $324)


A Satin Jeweled Flower with Peacock feather on Skinny Headband - Vendor will cover shipping fees


$10 Gift Certificate

3 Little Birdies Boutique

$15 Gift Certificate


Bib and Burp Cloth Set AND a Ribbon Blankie (shipping fees will be covered by vendor)

Blue Daisy Designs

A Baby Announcement Collection, Storyboard Template and Blogger Template (valued at $25)

Olive and Eve

$25 Gift Certificate

Forever Young

Cowl Neck Dress - Available in 9 months to 6 yrs - Vendor will cover shipping fees in US


One Skein of Hanspun Handdyed Yarn (shipping will be covered by vendor)

Patty Cakes Boutique

One person will win a $50 gift certificate to use in Patty Cakes online shop AND another person (local) will win a $50 gift certificate AND a headband - winner chooses flower color and will pick up from her shop located in Hilldale Mall
(these little ladies are decked out head to toe in Patty Cakes)

Oh So Cute Props

Button Beanie in Newborn - Vendor will cover shipping fees

Three Bats in the Belfry

$75 Gift Certificate for inside her local boutique

Karmen's ALL time FAV boutique!

Lara's Homesewn Goods

A Homesewn Clutch - Vendor will cover shipping fees

Splash of Color by Moonlight

$40 Gift Certificate

Smash and Chuck

Ultra Soft and Chunky Luxury Grey Photography Set in Newborn - You choose button or bow

How to Enter: There will be four different ways to enter. Each entry MUST be a separate blog comment, and you MUST include which # entry it is. Please include your First and Last name in EACH post.

Entry #1 (required) You must "like" my Madtown Topper facebook fan page from your personal facebook account NOT your business page. You must also indicate in your blog post if you are a local fan, since we have a few vendors who prefer the winner to pick up the item. If you do not indicate whether or not you are local in this entry, your posts will all be DELETED. (This is for my own sanity when drawing the winners - Thanks for understanding).

It should look something like this:

Entry #2 (required) You must "like" Karmen Lindner Photography's facebook page from your personal facebook account not your business page.

Entry #3 (required) You must "like" ALL the vendors facebook pages from your personal facebook account not your business page. And if you wish to leave to a comment on their walls telling them how awesome they are, you can BUT it is NOT required.
Entry #4 (required) Share our Giveaway with your friends, family and fans! Update your facebook status to "I just entered to win some awesome prizes at the @Madtown Topper + @Karmen Lindner Photography 3K GIVEAWAY...You should check it out too!" Make sure that your post is available for EVERYONE to this by checking the custom box next to the post button AND put the @ symbol before our business page names so it links to our accounts.

Since all enteries are required you should have a total of four blog comments below. If you are missing out on one entry, then your others will be deleted since you have not followed the rules. Remember, I want to see which number entry it is, your first and last name AND for your first entry I must know if you are a local fan! Thanks everyone!

I will be moderating each comment, so if you do not see yours be patient it will appear as long as you have followed the rules listed above. If you are having any issues posting a comment, clear your cache and cookies...or message me.

GIVEAWAY ends on September 10th 11:59 pm CST. I will choose the winner via Only local fans are eligible for the few local prizes we have offered. Winners will be announced on my blog on Monday September 12th at 12pm CST. It will be your responsibility to check the blog to see if you have won. It will also be your responsibility to contact the vendor with in 48 hours of announcing the winner.

Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Madtown Topper and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for this Madtown Topper 3K Giveaway. By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. You may not reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India according to Facebook rules. International players may enter but may be responsible for the shipping if they wish to redeem their prize. If you are not willing to pay shipping, do not enter. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Family Friday

Last night, my boys and I decided to walk to a near by gas station to pick out some ice cream treats and lottery tickets. It was such a beautiful evening for a stroll. Remembering that we pass through an open field, I grabbed my camera hoping to get one good photo of my three off spring. That, of course, never seems to happen. I did capture a few fun ones though with genuine expressions.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Photoshop Freebie Friday

There are so many photoshop action creators out in the internet world and most provide you with some freebies so you get a good taste of what they offer. My goal is to find the freebies, try them out and share my results.

This weeks Freebie Friday feature kicked off Oh So Posh Photography's newly released set, Bohemian Symphony Collection. This collection is perfect for all your backlit photos and will do a great job making those autumn colors POP! Oh So Posh Photography's freebies do just the same. Below I have posted an example of what freebies are available on her facebook page.  

Click on the photos to view them larger.

As you can see these actions really make a bold statement.
TIP: When using the actions, make sure to check your skin tones and mask out some of the warmth, otherwise you will be left with unnatural colors.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Small Giveaway

I want to start off by saying 'THANK YOU' to all my fans! Thank you so much for your support, patience and encouragement! I am thrilled that you have stuck with me and my business. This is NOT my official 3K fan giveaway, as Karmen Lindner Photography (whom I'm cohosting with) and I have been very busy. This is just a little, literally, something extra!

Here's how to enter

1st entry
1) You MUST like Madtown Topper on facebook
2) Come back and comment below that you have liked my fan page

2nd entry
1) Share "Come Checkout @Madtown Topper's Tiny Giveaway" on either your own personal facebook page or your business page. Only one will count, but you can share on both. Make sure to sure to use the "@" symbol so my page is tagged
2) Come back and comment below that you have shared my giveaway with your friends and/or fans AND a link to where I can track your post

The winner will be chosen via
Winner will be responsible for shipping fees if outside the U.S.A. or Canada

Giveaway away will end tomorrow, Friday August 26th at 12pm CST

And now to find out what you win...

A preemie/small newborn sized handspun wool hat featuring a birch wood button, handmade by me!
Good luck and thanks again for your support!

And the winner is....
Heather with comment #16
Email me your address at
Thanks everyone for playing!

Honored to be Mentioned

At the beginning of the year I decided to play along with Paint the Moon's 52 week challenge. Sadly, I didn't last long. But the fabulous Annie Manning did choose a couple of my pieces for the "photos of the week". Here are my debuts.

Week Five - Delicate: I had these flowers sitting out on my front porch all winter long. I was quite surprised to see that a couple little yellow flowers still exsisted.
delicate 5/52

Week Seven - Handmade: Again the theme came quite easy to me. I grew up in a home where the only gifts that were, and still are, given by my mother were homemade. She knows her way around a sewing machine and was nice enough to let me mess around on it through high school. I am lucky to have her creative, yet frugal side, as you will never catch me purchasing something I can make myself. What's handmade in this photo? The banner and the booties.

Week Fourteen - Chaos: Anyone who spends more than ten minutes with me and my three boys knows that my life is nothing but pure chaos.
14/52 Chaos

You can view the blog post here.

Along with being picked for a couple photos of the week, I was also recognized by The Pioneer Woman for a photo I submitted for the "Brothers Photo Assignment".  Although, I didn't even make it close to being a finalist, it is nice to have your photo picked out of such a large amount AND to have the wonderful Ree Drummond think your boys are beautiful. Of course, I already knew that though!

My chaos
This photo was taken at the end of March and it was COLD!!! The lake in the background is beautiful Lake Geneva, where we are from.

You can catch Ree's blog post here.