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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston, You're My Home!

Hi there, Lil' Inker Friends!

As many of you know, Lil' Inker Designs is based just outside of Boston. Personally, I grew up in the suburbs of Boston and it's only been 3 years since we moved just outside the city limits to Dedham.

 As a kid, I grew up at the "Y" and each year we'd gather together what seemed like a million volunteers and we'd head on off to the Boston Marathon and set up a station and hand out water to the runners. I have fond and fun memories of those days and the cool jackets we would receive for helping out!

 This past Monday I was out when I received a call from my husband about what happened. My first thoughts went to my friend Dave who ran the marathon for the very first time this year and his wife, Suzanne, who I knew would be there to cheer him on. What I didn't know is that many more of my closest friends were there as well and experienced what happened and at close proximity. I was so incredibly relieved when I learned the news that all were safe...but forever changed.

 I'm so proud of my mom, an "essential" Boston employee called into action when emergencies happen in our city. She went in to work Monday night to help runners, family members and spectators reconnect with their lost belongings right in the heart of the happenings of the day.

 Needless to say, this tragedy struck close to home not only because it happened in my hometown but because people that I love were there, participated and are forever affected.

 Massachusetts Governor Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino have set up a charitable fund called The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help those most affected by the tragedies of Monday's events. Lil' Inker Designs will be making a contribution and we have decided to donate a percentage of profits over the next several weeks to the fund as well.

 You can read more about The One Fund Boston or make a direct contribution HERE. So, spread the word and know that a portion of your sales will be donated to families in need. I feel like it's the least I can to show my support. I love Boston! I'm proud to be from Boston - you're my home!

Thank you for your support!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April Release Hop Re-Cap & Prize Winners Announced

Well, hello there! Thank you for waiting so patiently for this post!!

As you may recall, we had a hop last week and it was AMAZING! I am always so humbled when I see our new goodies flying out of here!

I mentioned in some of posts last week that I was feeling generous! I decided that I would pick two $10 store credit winners AND a grand prize winner!! Our grand prize is our entire release from last week!

Are you ready for the winners????

Hang on for a few minutes know I LOVE a project recap! Here in no particular order and hopefully in full are all of the projects made by our amazing Designers for last week's hop...

I love seeing all of the projects together! It really gets me in a crafty mood!!

Ok, on to our winners! I randomly selected the fabulous and talented Suzanne Dahlberg's blog The Card Yard as our secret prize blog! Here are our two $10 store credit winners.......

Loly Borda-Towery & Lynn - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Ladies, please email me at lilinkerdesigns at gmail dot com and I will email you your prize code! So exciting!

Even more excitement? Drum roll please.................................

Our Grand Prize Winner of our entire release chosen at random from Suzanne's blog is.............


CONGRATULATIONS, LEIGH!!! You have won the following goodies...

Please email me at lilinkerdesigns at gmail dot com with you mailing address so I can pop your HUGE prize in the mail to you!

Thank you to all of you for your enthusiastic comments and praise! I know I speak for each of our designers when I say this!

We will see you in what is looking like June with our next release. We are busy behind the scenes designing you some amazing new goodies AND we're going to be putting together a challenge hop (a chop?) for you in May with another HUGE prize so be looking for those details coming soon!

Chat soon!