A Life Sustained Guest Sponsor: Dandelion Dream

Please welcome A Life Sustained Guest Sponsor: Dandelion Dream!


You may be familiar with Erin from her blog Tiny Twist Creative, in which she talks about how she injects creativity into her days with her two beautiful children. She recently opened an Etsy shop, Dandelion Dream, in which she sells adorable hand-dyed & stamped t-shirts to help in funding an adoption from the Democratic Republic of Congo.


In her words, "Hi, I'm Erin. A mama of two wee ones and wife to the sweetest guy! I love art, love life and love to create with my hands. Currently, our family is on a wonderful journey of adopting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My husband, Chris and I truly enjoy parenting and the idea of adoption is so exciting to us. We believe that every child without family is tragic, and in the Congo the need is so great: hundreds of thousands of children have been orphaned because of the civil war (the deadliest war since World War II, claiming an estimated 5 million lives, half of which are children under the age of 5), the Congo is the second worst country in the world where sexual violence to women occurs and the death rate of Congolese children ages 0 - 5 is one of the highest on the planet. Our hearts are set on a baby girl as we hope to prevent the terrible possibilities of what can happen there to even one of them."


Tell us about the role of creativity in your daily life. What inspires you?

I wrote a post a while ago called the Art of Motherhood. I gather so much of my inspiration from my days with my little ones. The ordinary life of a mama that loves her little ones, has so many extraordinary moments that I want to express. I love injecting creativity in our daily routines. Watercoloring and drawing is something that is quite routine to do in our house. My daughter loves to create at the same time I'm creating. We often work on our own art side by side while the younger guy is napping. It really is a great bonding time, but also a time for me to create.





Erin is generously offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader their choice of any shirt from her shop! To enter the random drawing to win, just leave a comment on this post.

Get two additional entries! First, you can Follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect and second, you can add Dandelion Dream to your favorites on Etsy.

Be sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so that they can be counted. Comments will be closed and a winner will be chosen in the evening of October 1.


And the lucky winner is TaylorMade!
"Love this!"

Thank you Dandelion Dream!

110 comments:

  1. what a wonderful thing to read this morning, i love the idea of supporting erin in her dream. this was ours too at one time. we didn't end up adopting, but instead support (as much as possible) a tiny village in zimbabwe and an orphanage in botswana (every child in this place is hiv positive along with being orphaned). the need in africa is so great, there isn't a country that doesn't need help and love. but the drc, oh my.

    the tshirts are so cute, and erin's illustrations are gorgeous. i would love to win one, a vw van was my first car! and growing up it was our only car, we traveled all through mexico and south america in one customized by my dad.

    thank you so much for offering this and many blessings to erin and her darling family!

    xo lori

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  2. Love the tricycle onesies!

    stormyranew at yahoo dot com

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  3. I follow on GFC

    stormyranew at yahoo dot com

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  4. I added her to my favorites on etsy

    stormyranew at yahoo dot com

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  5. I added the shop to my favs on etsy.

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  6. What a wonderful, creative soul Erin is. I must check out her website and shop. Thanks Courtney for another great introduction. The tee shirts are fantastic; I especially love the VW van! xx

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  7. I do not need to be entered in the drawing but I just wanted to wish them well. I hope they get to adopt soon!

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  8. I follow your blog
    ingridmendez_@msn.com

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  9. I favorited her shop, mendezingrid

    ingridmendez_@msn.com

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  10. oh wow, what an amazing story behind the shop! i really like the designs. :)

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  11. What a great person in Erin - thanks for the intro to her shop and blog.

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  12. I hearted her shop on etsy! butler83

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  13. I follow on google friend connect

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  14. I just added her shop to my etsy faves. I love those squirrels (did I spell that right? That looks wrong...)

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  15. I would love to win a shirt !! belensmama at gmail dot com

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  16. I follow GFC , belensmama at gmail dot com

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  17. I added to my faves on Etsy (user ID is bebugs) belensmama at gmail dot com

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  18. Beautiful stuff -- thanks for the chance to win!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  19. GFC follower

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  20. hearted the etsy shop- username bokononist

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  21. Great shirts and love the simple designing.

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  22. Thanks for the cool giveaway!
    jamieadkins@mail.com

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  23. These are absolutely fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win! jinglesells at gmail dot com

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  24. such cute shirts. Love the one that the little guy is wearing.
    lisa.otis6 at gmail dot com

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  25. I now follow A Life Sustained with gfc.
    lisa.otis6 at gmail dot com

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  26. Love the Dandelion Dream shop on Etsy. I hearted it!
    lisa.otis6 at gmail dot com

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  27. Love the 18 Month Infant Upcycled Squirrel Onesie!

    thanks for the opportunity! Meredith dot Targarona at Gmail dot com

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  28. I also added Dandelion Dreams to my Etsy faves.

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  29. These t-shirts are just beautiful! Simple and elegant. I would love to enter to win please.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. i would love to win the Large Women's Upcycled Africa Long Sleeve T-Shirt

    uk7ss AT yahoo DOT com

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  31. I heart dandelion dream/tinytwistcreative on Etsy - my Etsy name is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. i am a public gfc follower of a life sustained with the name uk7ss AT yahoo DOT com

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  33. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. What a wonderful introduction. I love the vintage, comfy style of her items.

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  35. Checked out the shop and the prints are so nice!

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  36. What fun designs!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  37. What a lovely giveaway I love the shirts especially the volkswagon it brings back memories of my fathers vw and camping.Fingers crossed. Marian

    mtzeenla@yahoo.com

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  38. thanks for the great giveaway! :) amazing_alex.0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  39. Yay! Thank you so much for offering such a fun and generous giveaway. :)

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. I follow your blog via GFC.

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. I added Dandelion Dream to my Etsy favorites via Hellcat Vintage.

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Super cute!!

    ahampton79 at gmail dot com

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  43. Would love the youth small green VW shirt for my soon to be 4 year old, it would be a great birthday present.

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  44. my prayers will certainly be with this family in their quest!

    velvetelvis40@yahoo.com

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  45. i follow this blog via GFC

    velvetelvis40@yahoo.com

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  46. i favorited Dandelion Dream!

    velvetelvis40@yahoo.com

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  47. These are so cute and I love that the are upcycled.

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  48. I love that tricycle shirt!
    aliciadkelley at gmail dot com

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  49. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

    christinamthorne(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  50. I follow you on GFC!

    christinamthorne(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  51. I "heart-ed" Dandelion Dream on etsy!

    Thanks!

    christinamthorne(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  52. What a beautiful shop and loved her story about adoption!

    krileong at gmail dot com

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  53. I have hearted her shop on etsy under enchantingdreams

    krileong at gmail dot com

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  54. Thank you for the giveaway! My daughter would love one of these :) Or my hubby! Or me!

    Pretty blog btw!

    Jenna
    callherhappy.com

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  55. Erin's shirts are awesome!

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  56. I follow this blog.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  57. I added the shop to my faves on Etsy (houseofplush).

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  58. I love creative shirts like Erin's!

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  59. I gladly added her etsy shop to my favorites.
    I'm Kanelstrand on etsy.

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  60. So cute! Thanks for the chance :)
    cam22190 at gmail

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  61. Love the Large Women's Upcycled Bike T-Shirt!

    Lmr3683 at hotmail dot com

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  62. How cute!!!
    sezouli at yahoo dot com

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  63. also I follow here
    sezouli at yahoo dot com

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  64. and I added you to my etsy favs as OddPoppy
    sezouli at yahoo dot com

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  65. I like the upcycled acorn shirt.
    niuniuzheng@gmail.com

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  66. I would love to win one of these shirts.
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  67. Great shirts - hope I win
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  68. following you via gfc
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  69. added Dandelion Dream to my favorites on Etsy
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  70. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway. Those shirts are really cute.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  71. I follow with GFC as A. Tolar.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  72. i like the Rainbow Heart and the Guitar tees..thanks!!

    cyclona66 at aol dot com

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  73. i added Dandelion Dreams as a favorite on etsy
    (mandrake witch)

    cyclona66 at aol dot com

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  74. Wow these shirts are really nice! Very nicely done!!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  75. I follow you on GFC as zaira_faith

    megnate at telus dot net

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  76. I heart Dandelion Dream on etsy! ID: megnate

    megnate at telus dot net

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  77. Ooh! I love the guitar shirt! I love all of them, actually! Incredible stuff! ~Cee~

    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  78. Beautiful shirts. Would love to win! chefl@swbell.net

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  79. Following you on GFC. chefl@swbell.net

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  80. These are cute clothes! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  81. I heart Dandelion Dreams on etsy as JillHogan

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  82. Erin,
    I LOVE how you focus on WAHMs. Especially when so many blogs seem to focus on companies that have things made overseas in China.
    mummytocharis at yahoo dot com

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  83. GFC follower as mummytocharis.
    mummytocharis at yahoo dot com

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  84. Added her shop to my favorites (GortreeRoadKnits).
    mummytocharis at yahoo dot com

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  85. I really love the bicycle design!!!
    Very simple but nice

    ckaylie777 at hotmail dot com

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  87. added shop to my favorite :D
    (ckaylie777)
    ckaylie777 at hotmail dot com

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  88. Hearted your shop on etsy, very lovely!!
    Thanks,
    Sari

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  89. Hi there following your blog as Sari
    sari@sariblue.com
    http://www.sariblue.com/

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  90. id pick the airstream onesie! jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  91. i follow via gfc jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  92. Oh how fun!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  93. I'm a Google Friend (follower): Cori Westphal

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  94. I faved Dandelion Dream on Etsy: coriwestphal

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  95. I love the simplicity and fun designs! Oh, how my "wish list" grows with these giveaways. Christina G

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  96. What a beautiful giveaway. Thank you so much for the chance to win! I love all of her items. Thanks, Carolyn, carolynmcintyre@cox.net

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  97. Dandelion Dream is now on my list of favorites on Etsy. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome giveaway. I love it. Carolyn Mcintyre, carolynmcintyre@cox.net, happyhummingbird on etsy

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  98. I am the newest GFC blog follower here. Thank you for the chance to win this great giveaway. What an awesome store. Carolyn , carolynmcintyre@cox.net

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  99. Thanks for the giveaway! What a great thing to support.

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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  100. Love this!

    Taylorgketchum@gmail.com

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  101. New follower!


    Taylorgketchum@gmail.com

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