A letter to whom it concerns

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Dear DownEast,

I love you.You have cute, fun, affordable, modest clothing and accessories. Your 28 day style guide is dreamy. All the new stuff? Adorable. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to review your amazing products. I love the Heart Throb Short and Oceanfront Dress that I was able to review this time. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Thank you!

Dear California,
I love that in February I can wear shorts like these:
{My thoughts: Perfect length for an average girl like me (to my knee). They fit just right.
All around great pair of shorts. Will LIVE in them this summer.}

and a dress like this:
{My two cents: Flowy. SUPER comfy. Would be perfect
to dress up or wear down. And I can picture taking it
on any vacation anywhere easily.}

Love from,

Dear 30days readers,

You are the best! Do you love DownEast too? If you do, you can win one item of your choice. AND I get to pick two winners. So just answer these questions separately in the comments section. If you don’t answer separately, you will only get credit for one entry. That would be sad. I know I write this every time….but inevitably a few people don’t follow the rules and so I keep writing it.

1.What would you pick from DownEast if you won?
You have to visit the DownEast site and comment here in order to enter.
And for some bonus entries:
2. Are you a DownEast Facebook fan? Cool if yes. Become one if no.
3. Do you follow 30days? Awesome if yes. Become a follower if no.
FYI- readers (ie Bloglines or Google Reader) are no longer picking up my old blogspot feed. You need to change it to the thirtyhandmadedays.com if you want to get the updates.
4. Did you tweet about this giveaway? Or announce it on Facebook? You just increased your chances. ;)
5. I’m curious what you’d like to know from me. Ask me a question that I can answer in a later post. It can be anything you want (no mean ones please).

I will pick the winners this Thurs, February 25th.

Much love,

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P.s. If you don’t live in sunny CA, you can still stock up on all the cute finds at DownEast. There’s lots to choose from!
Hi- I'm Mique (as in Mickey). I started 30days as an idea file a few years ago. After three years and hundreds of ideas, I now realize that I'll never check them all off my list. When I'm not creating, I love spending time with family and friends and long drives, especially if they end at the beach.

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  1. Genevieve says

    i am in love with their new line!! i really want their heart throb shorts. i need a good pair of shorts for summer and these are so nice looking!!

  2. Genevieve says

    and my question for you… how did you start reviewing and giving away products? especially from downeast? i would love to be able to do some reviews and giveaways on my blog too!! thanks!!

  3. Sam, Adrianna, Zoe, and Penny says

    Yeesh, can I get 30 entries if I tell you 30 things I want? Because it's hard to narrow it down. For practical purposes, I'd say the "hot to trot" skirt, because my wardrobe is seriously lacking in the denim skirt area. But, oh, those dresses!

  4. Sam, Adrianna, Zoe, and Penny says

    my question: did you always have bangs or did you have to make a big bang decision? I'm currently undergoing that decision, and just wondering…

  5. carol wilks says

    I love it all! Hot to Trot skirt is my dream if I can lose this winter bulge I put on!! I joined fan on facebook too!!

  6. annemarie says

    I love the sweaters especially the longitude cardigan. I always carry a sweater as I tend to be cold natured.

  7. annemarie says

    My question is – what is your secret for time management? How do you do all that you do and still have some "me" time??

  8. Kathryn-nannygoat says

    Okay, I'm really getting into family traditions since my kids are getting older and one of my favorite things to do is ask people what their favorite traditions are. So, what is your faorite family tradition???? It could be for a holiday, birthday, or just something that your family does that is unique.
    Would love to hear your answer.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  9. Melinda says

    Oh my goodness how did I not know about downeast before? I love the Lost In Love Dress and I just might buy it regardless for a wedding I am going to this summer. LOVE!

  10. Kristan says

    Wow picking something is sooo hard! I think it'd have to be the heart throb shorts. I am trying to move past the little shorts from my younger pre-kids days. These are perfect!

  11. ginnieshorter says

    I would get the frosted flowers cardigan in pink. Too cute!

    ginnieshorter at gmail dot com

  12. Dave and Amy says

    Oh man, those Heart Throb shorts look fabulous! (I could use a little warm weather too… ;)

  13. megan says

    I love their stuff too!!! LOVE
    I like both of the things you featured!! But I'm going to put the out of the box top…so cute

  14. Tasha says

    Oh, how do you choose???? I love the heart throbe shorts, but then all the skirts!!! I love them too. Especially the Hot to Trot denium one. But, then all the pretty ones I could wear to church or just for fun in the summer. Yikes. I sure hope I win, but man will I have a hard time deciding. Really. I {heart} downeast basics too! Do they have a store in California? Or only Utah?

  15. Tasha says

    I am a follower! Love your blog and love that you get to try downeast basics clothes and then post about it. How fun is that!!

  16. Heidi says

    I would love to hear about anything sewing related…I am just getting into it and can use all the tutorials and tips I could get!!

  17. Lisa and DJ says

    Oh my…I LOVE their new bermuda shorts. I sat there staring at them in the store a couple weeks ago.

  18. Jaquelyn says

    I love DownEast Basics. My sister and I just ordered a couple of skirts last week, and I can't wait for them to get here! I love the Oceanfront dress, and I think the Flower Shop dress would be perfect for Easter!

    j.theartofpaper {at} gmail {dot} com

  19. Jaquelyn says

    Just stumbled on your blog, so I'm curious; how did you choose your blog name? What does it mean to you?

    j.theartofpaper {at} gmail {dot} com

  20. wgleaves says

    Love love love the brown dress. Wow. I think is perfect to dress up or down and I love the length as well. I had never heard of them before you. Thanks

  21. wgleaves says

    Ok, a question about you… why do you blog…when do you do it (time of day)… how long have you been doing it? I know that is three questions but they go together…

  22. Lynn says

    I think I would have to go with the catwalk jeans or maybe the sprinkle on top shirt! (so hard to pick just one!)

  23. Lynn says

    My question for you: are you a very organized person? If you are, think you could post some strategies for getting organized and more impotantly…STAYING organized?

  24. bethany says

    I love those heartthrob shorts! I'm always looking for shorts for the summer and nothing ever seems to fit right!

  25. Jmom says

    I love their "outside the box" top or their "Butterfly kisses" dress. Thanks for the giveaway, I had never heard of DownEast (I live in the midwest) and they have great stuff!

  26. Jmom says

    What kind of tips do you have for squeezing in time to do things you love and you find relaxing without completely ignoring your kids?

  27. Holly says

    I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Downeast! I would LOVE me some heart throb shorts. It's soo hard to find modest and cute shorts these days!

  28. Kair says

    I LOVE Downeast…
    I would be happy with pretty much anything on their website, the atlantic skirt caught my eye :)

  29. christa says

    I want to know how long it took for your blog to "take off." How did you get the word out to get followers? Did you know how to make a button or did you hire someone to make your web page and blog? Is it worth it?

  30. kirsten says

    I love the he loves me dress, so cute!! Thanks for introducing me to this great company, I've ordered twice since I found them. I especially love the 1/2 off sales.

  31. monica says

    What made you decide to start this blog? Was it difficult to get it out there and draw in followers?

  32. Meredith says

    I would have to say the hot to trot denim skirt (fall) or the oceanside dress…thanks for a great giveaway!

  33. Elle says

    If I won I would have to go with the Soiree skirt. I have been craving something in corduroy for months and I love the look of the skirt.

  34. Elle says

    Honestly I am not a Facbook person at all. When it came time to pick what was important to keep my sanity Facebook didn't make the cut so I closed my account.

  35. Elle says

    I don't follow with reader or anything like that but 30 Days is linked on my blog that updates when a new post comes up so I can read every new post.

  36. Elle says

    I didn't tweet or Facebook the give away but I am trying this new Google Buzz thing so I posted the give away there.

  37. ailie says

    Question for you . . . how do you find all the projects you feature? How much time a week do you spend on your blog?

  38. Elle says

    Do you ever feel like you should just pick one type of crafting and focus all of you energy there? If so what would you choose to focus on.

  39. Dawn says

    I have never heard of Downeast before, but after looking at their clothes, I may have to get very familiar with them! I love the Still Life Skirt! Perfect for summer!

  40. theamazingjohnsons says

    I would love the heart throb shorts. I love the length and they are just so cute.
    tiffdeon at yahoo dot com

  41. Lyssa says

    My question, where do you find all the time to do all this stuff online? I wish I had more time to play and find awesome things like you!

  42. theamazingjohnsons says

    Maybe you've answered this before and I missed it, but where did your name come from? Are you named after anyone? It's really cool.

  43. Lindsey says

    Question for you: What is one "real-world" job you'd like to try that you haven't already?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Rebecca says

    My question for you: How did you come about doing reviews? I would *love* to do reviews but don't know how to get my foot in the door.


  45. Sare says

    my question for you (that I haven't seen already), is how you manage to do everything (run your house, 3 kids, a blog, and get to be crafty). It's kind of what I always wonder about people with big blogs…how do you do it all? I don't even have that much to do, and I still fall behind. I am envious of people with good time management skills.

  46. LV says

    I love their Perfect Form Dress in black. If it came in navy, I'd pick that. Love it.

    lindsmoore55 at yahoo dot com

  47. Jess says

    I feel like I need to give the heart throb shorts a chance…I havent worn shorts in…a long time.

  48. Jennifer says

    I am torn between the Oceanfront Dress and the Soiree Corduroy Skirt. But I would probably buy everything they make if I could.

  49. Dawn says

    I love down east because it carry clothes for those of us who are not teenages wearing tiny shorts and not old ladies!!! They have cute clothes that cover. I love the lenght of the heart throb shorts or the Rock star Jeans!!

  50. Purcell's Party says

    Hands down the Heart Throb shorts! Perfect fit for my long legs! THanks!! And who doesn't LOVe to wear jean shorts? =)

  51. Leah says

    I love their new stuff – I'd get the He Loves Me Dress— prefect for spring events! leahbuchbinder at gmail.com

  52. Lindsey says

    I love how everytime I go to DownEast, I fall completely in love with something new.

    This time it was DEFINITELY the Philosophy Top!!!

  53. Lindsey says

    OK, this question has NOTHING to do with DownEast, but I am really curious.

    I know you have a son with autism. Up until I became a mother I worked in an elementary school with children with autism, so they have a special place in my heart!

    What is the most rewarding part about being the mother of a child with autism?

  54. Leslie says

    My question is how did you learn to take your pictures to post to your blogs. I want to be able take better pictures to post on my blog.

  55. audreypawdrey says

    I would like to know where you went to school, and what did you study? This is always fascinating to me.:)

  56. Nic says

    I want to know what are your favorite kind of crafts to do? How many of the crafts you feature do you really find time to do?

  57. Joy says

    I would totally get the Lost in Love Dress…I keep wanting to get it then it sells out. I need to get it this season. So cute.

  58. Joy says

    Here is my question…please tell me how you GET to review Downeast stuff…sounds like that would be the perfect job for me.

  59. Nikki says

    It's a tie. I'm a girl who loves a good outfit. But if I had to choose, I'd go with the oceanfront dress!!!! LOVE IT!

  60. Heather says

    So so so love the heart throb shorts and the keep it real dress…adorable!


  61. Presley family says

    LOVE this!!! Ummm… I don't know if I am the only person out there that didn't know about downeast??? WOW!, I LOVE all of their dresses!!

  62. Paula says

    I didn't know about this clothing company and it's nice to see one with cute things for low prices.

    I'd chose the Still Life Skirt if I won.

  63. Sarah says

    And just recently via blogs, found out about Down East. I have been eyeing that Keep It Real dress. :) Great giveaway. Thanks!

  64. steffany says

    I love their line, especially the dresses. My favorites: lost in love dress, and the bonjour top.

  65. Kari says

    I am IN LOVE with everything from Down East…seriously IN LOVE!!! I really cannot just pick ONE thing!

  66. everyday inspirations says

    LOVING the frosted flowers cardigan in that stunning PINK – oh la la!

    thanks for the chance to win!

    catherine s.

  67. jonah and becky lang says

    I love the Top Tier Skirt. I wish it was in my closet right now!
    jonahandbeckylang at hotmail

  68. Practically Perfect In Every Way says

    I am in love with the oceanfront dress, I hope I win it!

    marypoppinspresents at gmail.com

  69. The Garners says

    I wear DownEast as regularly as I wear underwear. (and lest you think that's not a lot…let me clarify that it's daily.)

    I want, no, WANT those new shorts. I eyeballed them at the store just this Saturday and will need to save a bit to purchase them. Winning them, however, would solve that dilemma quite nicely!


  70. Miss Anne says

    woah. i am in LOVE!
    what a fabulous giveaway!

    my favorite items?
    He Loves Me Dress!
    and the Oceanfront dress in charcoal!

    I amin l.o.v.e!

  71. Casa Mia * My House * says

    Wow, what a great giveaway! I love the dresses. The Perfect Form Dress and Formal Flower dress are both spectacular.

  72. Megan says

    LOVE Downeast too! It's like christmas when I get their catalog in the mail!

    I have had my eye on the oceanfront dress as well!!! It's SO perfect! Chic yet comfortable!

  73. The Fosters says

    If I won, I would choose The Citrus Grey Silky Snowflake Cardigan :) I love it, it's so cute!

  74. Karen says

    1> I would buy the formal flower dress. Perfect for a wedding that I am going to this summer in England!!
    2> I just became a fan of downeast on facebook :)
    3> your blog is in my google reader
    4> I am announcing this fab contest on facebook now.
    5> as my toddler just streaked past me in all of her naked glory.. i am at a loss for a question at the moment. ;) off to retrieve said toddler stat!

  75. Diana says

    How do you get your children to pitch in and help around the house? Do they have regular chores? Do you do an allowance, etc.? Any tips for young moms who have preschoolers/toddlers?

  76. Kay says

    I LOVE DownEast-this was the first time that I'd seen their website! The clothes are feminine but practical-things I could wear even though I have 2 boys under 2! I love the philosophy top; it's perfect for a nursing mommy.

  77. D says

    I love the shorts and dress you posted. I think I would pick the dress since I'm prego and it looks flowy enough to accept that for awhile. :) I'm in Socal too so I could wear it year round! Love it!

  78. The Busy Butler Family says

    I'm still working on losing flab around my middle from baby #3 – so I love the looser tops like the union square, dancer top and especially Sprinkles On Top! I <3 the Heartthrob shorts as well!

  79. Pearl Girl says

    I love their stuff, They just keep getting cooler all the time. I think I would want the full bloom top it is so cute!!

  80. Nikki says

    I really am loving those shorts that you featured in your post, but it is way to cold here in Utah to wear them yet, but a girl can daydream can't she??

  81. Nikki says

    Here's my question, How do you keep all of your craft stuff organized, especially when you don't finish a project in one session. It seems I am always starting something and before I can finish I get interrupted and then when I get back to it I just want to can the whole thing because it is so disorganized.

  82. Sami Carter says

    I would soooo pick some new jeans. I'm in desperate need of some cute new pants…all mine just don't fit anymore so I end up wearing comfy's most of the time, I also love their new heart throb shorts soooo cute!

  83. Emily says

    My question: What part of CA do you live in? We used to live on the Central Coast… now we live in Kansas. Sigh.

  84. AllyOop Boutique says

    I am in love with everything they have, so I don't think I could choose just one thing. :)

  85. Niki McDowell says

    I was so excited to see this giveaway. I love downeast outfitters! I think I would really like to get the "out of the box top", so cute and girly. I also really love the "ocean front dress too".

  86. Niki McDowell says

    My question for you is, how do you store your fabric? I would like a cute way to store and display my fabric so its not overwhelming my craft area.

  87. Eve says

    Those shorts are awesome. I have a similar pair that I have sadly outgrown since I've had babies (outgrown sounds like I have gotten taller – much nicer than reality).

    I would love to replace them with these!

  88. Dianna says

    I love down east. I can alway use more of their wonder tees since i wear them ever day but I love their lost in love dress as well as their ocean front dress. both make me so excited for spring.

  89. Courtney says

    I love love love DownEast! Just wish that they had one here in FL :( And pick just one?! Impossible. But I do really love the wild cherry dress-cute and modest, everything I look for in a dress.

  90. Courtney says

    This might be a repeat question (I'll be honest, I didn't read through all 412 comments) but I wanted to know what you do to be able to review products from companies and how to do sponsored giveaways. I'd like to start doing that on my blog, but don't really know how to get started.

  91. Life With the Crazies says

    I had never heard of Downeast before, but I'm so excited to have found it… THANKS!

    I would choose the He Loves Me Dress

  92. Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating says

    I would totally get that Oceanfront dress, maybe in charcoal… love it!!

  93. RedHead says

    I love it all! I would probably pick either the Miss Slim Skinny Jean, or the Butterfly Kiss Dress.

  94. RedHead says

    I love it all! I would probably pick either the Miss Slim Skinny Jean, or the Butterfly Kiss Dress.

  95. RedHead says

    I love it all! I would probably pick either the Miss Slim Skinny Jean, or the Butterfly Kiss Dress.

  96. Anonymous says

    I love their designs!-I'd love to own the awesome blossom skirt from thier latest line. Thanks for the giveaway!



  97. RedHead says

    I love it all! I would probably pick either the Miss Slim Skinny Jean, or the Butterfly Kiss Dress.

  98. RedHead says

    I love it all! I would probably pick either the Miss Slim Skinny Jean, or the Butterfly Kiss Dress.

  99. Remodelaholic says

    Oh la la! I love Down East I wish I lived near one. I love the Atlantic skirt.

    Thanks for ht giveaway.

  100. Fancy Free Mama says

    Yes I am a fan of DownEast on Facebook! They have great updates, ideas, and bonus sales.

  101. Fancy Free Mama says

    I would like to know how long it took you to get your blog really going, to the point that you could charge for advertising and also have great companies like Down East allow you to do a give away with them?

  102. James and Monica says

    How did you get into the reviewing items business? I think we'd all love to get into that.

  103. Ryan and Heather Bartron says

    I love the purple Perfect Form Dress! Not sure where I would wear it, but I love it!

  104. Alison B says

    I totally need that oceanfront dress!!!!! I lived in maxi dresses last summer, but this one is so cute…I need it add it to the repritore. or however that is spelled. :) thanks!!!

    alisonnay at gmail dot com

  105. Alison B says

    Okay, my question is, how on earth do you get it all done? I mean, do you just have one productive day a week and blog 7 blogs at once, then schedule them ahead of time, or do you have your time daily to do your project/blog/whatever?
    alisonnay at gmail dot com

  106. The monkey bunch says

    I love the dresses, especially the formal flower dress which I could definitely use as my little black dress, right?

  107. The monkey bunch says

    My question is how you started this whole blog thing and made it so big? Did you have just a few followers for a long time or where you immediately the popular kid on the block?

  108. Emily B says

    Oh! Hope I'm not too late. I'd pick the outside the box top. Love it.
    ebickell at hotmail dot com

  109. Destiny says

    Is it too late to enter?!? DownEast Basics and I are BFFs and we go way back. I heart them! I would love the Philosophy Top. It's just darling!!

  110. Danielle a.k.a Yellie says

    I love a lot of the skirts, but I think I would pick the Heart Throb Short if I won because I could get a ton of use out of them!


  111. Danielle a.k.a Yellie says

    I'm a fan of DownEast Basics on facebook!

    Danielle Gerstenberger


  112. Danielle a.k.a Yellie says

    My question for you is…
    What's the one thing you've always wanted to try or do, but never had the guts to?
    (I have lots of these. LOL)


  113. Holly says

    I became a fan this week and just RT Down East's tweet about the giveaway.

    I'd like the Rock Star Jeans! And one of everything else too. :)

    LOVE Downeast!!

  114. The Joshua Burks Family says

    I really want their "Hot to Trot" denim skirt..it is my favorite thing from their new line!

  115. The Grays says

    Jennifer Gray: I am in LOVE with the Heart Throb shorts! I would def. get a good use out of them as it is ALREADY summer weather here in Florida! :)

  116. kresta shay says

    I got that darling dress! I love Downeast's clothes, especially since there are no shops like it for 100 miles where I live.

  117. UKFan1028 says

    I have been lusting after the Crystal Clear skirt since I got the DEB catalog in the mail a couple of weeks ago. So cute and versatile.

  118. Tara says

    the link to the second place i must comment isn't working…i was assuming it would be their blog, but it's not working…nothing is pulling up as posts…the only place to comment is under "about"…but i'm not sure it would be appropriate to make a comment there. ahhh! does this disqualify me? i'm trying!
    oh, and yes, i am a facebook fan already!

  119. Anne J says

    I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of Down east – in fact I found your giveaway on their facebook page.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  120. Kayla W. says

    I would LOVE to own either the heart throb shorts or the frosted flowers cardigan in pink!

    My Belle Boutique

  121. Kayla W. says

    I would like to know how you got this awesome blog started! Story time! :)

    My Belle Boutique

  122. Sue says

    I love the Full Bloom top and the Heart Throb shorts. So cute. Thank you for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  123. courtneyb says

    I've had my eye on that brown dress for a while. We are going on a cruise in April and it would be perfect.

  124. RedHead says

    I LOVE it all! I would probably get either the butterfly kiss dress or the must have matchstick jeans… I love it all though! Great giveaway!

  125. The Sweet Life says

    I, too, love Down East! What a great giveaway! The Must Have matchstick jean is so cute! My fingers are crossed!

  126. Chacoy says

    I would get the Cupid Cardigan, it is something that I could wear here during the cold and warm climates;}
    Thank you for the opprotunity!

  127. Brooke says

    I love the Union Square top and the Oceanfront dress. They always have the best stuff. I always drool when their new lines come out.

  128. Brooke says

    A question for you would be: how do you do it all? Have a blog, raise a family, make dinner, and be so crafty. You probably have a really clean house too.