Happy Monday, everyone. It's my kids' first day of school today and though I'm always a bit sad to miss their good company for the day, I'm also excited to get a lot done. First on my list is today's HELLO Giveaway.
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I invented a nifty little hair accessory called Trash Ties™. Do you remember when trash bags used to come with a set of twisty-ties in the box? Before trash bags became stretchy and cinchable? I named my invention Trash Ties in homage to those old-fashion twisty-ties.
Trash Ties were invented before I started showing my artwork publicly and designing fabric, housewares, stationery, etc. Before Heather Bailey became Heather Bailey.
Elijah was a small toddler when I invented Trash Ties. And, in many ways, it is my second child. I birthed the patent, fed and nurtured the business, and watched it bloom. Dare I admit, this gives me maternal stirring even today, many years later. They really are incredible. And they are so easy to use with a little practice.
I intended to create instructional videos for you a long while back when I first announced Trash Ties on my blog, but right as that project was getting organized, began a truly horrible experience for me and my family. I've never mentioned it here. And I'm only going to in passing at this time, but a woman who ingratiated herself into my life under the guise of friendship, positioned herself to pose as my company and lie to my customers. She strategized with her spouse to steal confidential information and proceeded to build a company to sell my patented invention as though it was hers. I only knew them for a few months. But, stealing from me and my family became this woman's focus for years to come.
They mimicked all of my photography down to the finest details to mislead the public, stole language from our brochure, told my customers that we were "sister companies," sold to several national chains, and made hundreds of thousands of dollars doing so—according to their manufacturer who they stiffed on their last $35,000 manufacturing bill. It was not a smalltime thing.
I learned of this nightmare right as we were planning our instructional videos. I cried myself to sleep every night for three years straight. To steer my mind away from the sting, I focused on my other business — fabric design, sewing patterns, housewares, etc. I am so incredibly fortunate to have had an alternative at that time. And yes, I'm sure this harrowing experience has contributed to my tender gratitude for your support of my artwork and business—thus, my mad idea to have a month of giveaways midst my other obligations and deadlines. I am truly grateful for you.
Trash Ties are still mine. They always have been. I just happened to build up another exciting and busy company in the meanwhile, while healing. Sketching was my song. Fabric was my restoration.
We might do videos yet—I'd really love for you to see Trash Ties in action. I know that many of you sew, so I'll tell you something I don't usually tell a crowd. Doing your hair with Trash Ties is like 'stitching' your hair up. There is a unique bendable, tempered wire inside that holds your hairdo in place. With the small ties, you take individual 'stitches.' With the long ties, it's more like 'stitching' with a long, flexible, secure 'thread' you can whip-stitch around or through your hair.
Basically, you just have to cinch them tightly. You don't twist them, just wrap them around snugly. As you wrap them, you want to make a closed circle, not an open spiral. This way, your hair won't wind out. In the end, it looks like there are little ribbons in your hair. With neutral Trash Ties, they can blend right in, like above. Yet, you don't have to work to hide them, like you would with bobby pins. Let 'em show. They're washable, reuseable and super versatile.
Okay. So, I didn't intend to tell you that story today—though it is a tremendous relief. Thank you for hearing me. In some ways, it feels like I'm taking my first deep breath in a long time. And I didn't intend to include instructions for use either. Clearly, I'm a little disoriented from my kids being back at school. The punchline is, today's giveaway is Trash Ties, one set of short ties and one long tie—winner's choice of colors. And we have TONS of colors and prints—and you'll be glad to know that basic black is now back in stock.
This little product makes me truly happy. For me, it is a gift from God—quite literally. For you, it can simply be a breezy and fun way to do your hair—an unmatched creative tool for expressing your personal style.
Comment to enter today's contest. Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you win. Today's giveaway closes at noon PST on Tuesday 8/6/13. I didn't get this post up until the afternoon, so I've extended the deadline this time. Watch for the winner to be announced within a day or two at the bottom of the post.Wow, so I really need to go on a run or something. That was a doozy.
For more info on my August giveaway madness, click here. We have some seriously amazing prizes planned, including tools, equipment, jewelry, toys, Project Life, stationery, fabric from my next collection (which I'll introduce this month)—exciting stuff. Please share the word. Check back every day.