Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway | Duct Tape and Denim

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When you know you love something, you just know. That is the position I am in when it comes to Duct Tape and Denim‘s Tutu Bracelets, tonight’s gift guide giveaway feature. I personally own one of these lovely bracelets and gifted FIVE of them last Christmas – to five ladies who now love them just as much as I do.

You may be familiar with Duct Tape and Denim. If you are a FOLK subscriber, you were introduced to Ann in the High Summer 2012 Issue. Ann shares her story below:

“Duct Tape and Denim has officially been in business for two years. Although, I have created with recycled and repurposed materials all of my life.  I love creating something out of ‘nothing’.  I buy all of my supplies from American suppliers and try to find American-made as much as possible.  I love being able to support other local craftsmen and small business owners.

I grew up on a farm in Texas with a farmer father and a mother who worked at the Post Office. She had been an art major in college and still loved to create.  I remember one of her art books, Art on a Shoestring, in particular.  It was full of projects to do with objects you could find around the house.

I began with paper crafting. From paper crafting I moved into mixed media and then into jewelry, where I seem to have found my niche. I first started making jewelry for myself and family members from some of my grandmother’s old brokenpieces.  Friends and co-workers liked my creations and asked me to make items for them as well.  From there I decided to open my Etsy store.

I would say that my mother and my grandmother have both had a huge influence on my creativity although my personal style is very different from both of them.  They’ve both passed away now and my husband is my biggest supporter.  When my oldest daughter went away to college, even though he wanted a home office, he allowed me to take over her room and use it as my craft room.  He encourages me to be creative and get my stuff ‘out there.’

I have been asked many times where my inspiration comes from and it’s still hard for me to answer.  I can’t explain exactly what draws me to a piece but here’s how my creative system works:  I go out shopping and something attracts me.  Sometimes I don’t even know what the item is. It may just be something about the shape or color, but it draws me in.  If it’s something small I bring it home and lay it out on my desk.  Sometimes I have been inspired to make something because I lay two things bought at different times next to each other on my desk and I see how they work together.  Other times I see something that someone else has made and start to make something similar but only using items I already have.

Sometimes songs and Scriptures have inspired me to create a mixed media or jewelry piece.  Currently I’m working on a line that has been inspired by some of the old hymns that I grew up with.

I have always been drawn to old, used pieces.  Maybe because I grew up in a farmhouse, built in the early 20th century, and was surrounded by antique, vintage, or just old & used family heirlooms. I’m not an environmentalist but I am a Christian and I believe I should take care of God’s creation and recycle what I can.  I still have one of the first measuring tape bracelets I made.  It’s a plain tape bracelet and I wrote a Scripture verse on the back.  I love to make jewelry that has a meaning.”

You can purchase Ann’s one-of-a-kind “Tutu’s for your wrist” in her etsy shop and can learn more about her on her website. You can also connect with Ann on Facebook, Twitter (@DuctTapeDenim) and Pinterest.

Enter to Win an original, one-of-a-kind “Tutu for Your Wrist” by leaving a comment on this post. What creative outlets have you dabbled with? Have you found your niche? Anne’s Tutu bracelets are made with a vintage measuring tape, rhinestone button, and tulle fringe. A winner will be selected at random on December 12th and contacted via email.

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52 Responses to Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway | Duct Tape and Denim

  1. Mary says:

    That is a really cute way to wear a tutu when your not 2! Ha-Ha! I love this. I want it!

  2. Peggy Eiland says:

    Very unique and adorable!

  3. Carmen Long says:

    I have been a fan of hers for quite awhile. Love, love, love these tutu bracelets! Fabulous!

  4. Lori Redman says:

    Very creative! I hope I win:)

  5. Totally unique! I have an obsession with measuring tapes, rulers and yardsticks!

  6. Heather says:

    So pretty!

  7. Beautiful..thx for the link to the Etsy store as well..love all of Ann’s creations

  8. Sara Grega says:

    I love this! As a dance teacher, I no longer wear my tutu when I teach but I would love to have one for my wrist!! Such a cute way to remind yourself of what it was like to be a little girl in your favorite outfit in the world, or at least mine was my tutu :)

  9. Barbara Wyckoff says:

    What a fun idea…you go girl !

  10. Jennifer Evans says:

    I’d rock that wrist tutu any day! Especially knowing that it’s been inspired by song or scripture, that there is a real meaning behind it that I can appreciate. LOVE THAT!

  11. Lisa Atkins says:

    Ooolaalaa….so cute……my k-5 kids would think I’m the coolest librarian wearing one of your creations!

  12. Nancy says:

    Beautiful bracelet. I would love to have one of these.

  13. Pam Ballard says:

    Thanks for the chance at thsi great giveaway. I have been creating book banners for the holidays.

  14. Linda Burch says:

    I’ve always wanted a tutu! ;)

  15. Jem says:

    Creative outlets can be a tricky thing – I’ve found a couple of things I’m good at – blogging/writing and styling pictures, but I like a challenge so I’m always trying something new – with varying results!! Knitting and I did not get off on the right foot . . . . !

    Jem xXx

  16. nancy d says:

    This bracelet is so cool! I’m very scattered in my crafts. I want to try everything. And this can cause clutter. Both in my house and in my head! I tend to leave projects unfinished. Maybe this will be my New Years resolution-to get those projects finished!

  17. Erin S says:

    simply ADORE!

  18. Michele Jenkins says:

    I LOVE the tutus for wrists!! I would really have fun wearing one.:)
    Thank you.

  19. Kazy Hinds says:

    I try to be creative but most of my creativity is with words…not any type of product. I am a pastor and word crafting is what I do…would LOVE one of these beautiful bracelets for my own…they are just unique…like each and every one of us! Praise God!

  20. Becky says:

    I love the Tutu bracelet.

  21. Teresa Vanselow says:

    I have made some Christmas crafts in the pass, but as a teacher most of my creativity is used in my classroom. Hopefully when I retire in a few years, I can really get into something fun.

  22. Megan Karetny says:

    This is really cute! Thanks for this! :)

  23. Erica H says:

    This is so fabulously stunning!
    I am a serious paper crafter, occasional jewelry maker, and relentless flea marketer.

  24. Kelly says:

    Gorgeous! So original, I would love to have this on my wrist!

  25. Nanci says:

    I love to make things with vintage silverware. Keychains are my favorite. I love your
    bracelets.
    Merry Christmas!
    Nanci

  26. onemotherslove says:

    So proud!! That’s my sister!! <3

  27. so pretty! love the mix of vintage and feminine.

  28. Katie says:

    So beautiful and creative!

  29. Oh yes, what a way tu wear a tu tu! Love it!

  30. Judy says:

    I love crafts of all kinds, but I spend a lot of time painting (acrylics, oil, watercolor) and love to do papercrafts. I pretty much have serious Crafting ADD!

  31. Jill says:

    I love this bracelet and would love to pair it with a great sweater and my cowboy boots! I’ve just started crafting this year (I’m making all my Christmas presents this year) and found your bracelet an inspiration.

  32. Mindy Minks says:

    Truly one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve seen in a long time! Would be a great accessory to any outfit & SO perfect for the holidays…gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous<3

  33. Connie says:

    Oh – My – Goodness! A tutu for my wrist….who wouldn’t want one! I know that I do!!

    So many wonderful people are sharing their clever and inspirational creations through FOLK. I am so happy to have stumbled across this wonderful place.

    I’ve always had something akin to a magnet when it comes to vintage things. Whether it’s through photography or crafts it is so much fun to see them find new life.

  34. Mandi Pike says:

    Lovely article about a talented artist! Beautiful tu-tu bracelet for the holidays!

  35. We love the creativity!!! We love shabby fu-fu things!
    This season, we’re addicted to vintage style pageant angel wings!!!
    We would love to win a tutu bracelet!

    Cheers,
    Sheila and Sherrill
    aka The Twins

  36. Erin says:

    I love everything about this bracelet. So unique!!

  37. Kim L. says:

    I used to love to paint, then I was a graphic designer and I haven’t done anything for about 15 years now. I have renewed my creative interests with cooking and all the fun DIY projects out there! They are so fun and so easy – my kids say “You made THAT?!”

  38. Christie says:

    Oh my, my interests have ranged from macrame and calligraphy in the 70s, through crocheting and sewing, to painting and drawing, to beading and so on. I love how each craft has built on the one before and how they all contribute to what I create when doing a variety of mixed media and fiber art projects.

  39. Anita Haines says:

    Love it!!! I’ve been an artist my whole life but set my creative time aside for too long while attending to family and the business of life. Just within the last couple years I’ve been trying to take time for creative adventures by taking some online classes and attending Brave Girls Camp this past spring. It’s been such a freeing and healing process. Working on spending more time be creative.

  40. Kim Stewart says:

    Ihave been an artist all my life and love anything that involves textiles and vintage trims. I do lots of different types of crafts and am now entering the phase of life (there are some advantages to having teenagers!) where I have some time to devote to the creative!

  41. Bonnie says:

    These are adorable!!!

  42. Shawn Johnson says:

    Right after I write this comment I am going to go look at her etsy shop. These are so beautiful. I have not found my niche but am working on it, trying to anyway. I like all the jewelry making and the refurbishing of old things and I love antiques, I just don’t know where to start. LOL Thanks for such a great giveaway!!

  43. Glenda Willis says:

    I so excited to see your bracelets. This is the first time I have been on here. Just for my first Folk Magazine. I haven’t found my niche yet but hope to. Would be honored to win your bracelet and show it off. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait

  44. I would love to win a bracelet for my grand daughter, that is if I can bear to part with it. :)

  45. Kristen Sherman says:

    What creative outlets have you dabbled with?
    A lot of my creativity in my earlier years was music. When I went off to college, I was being groomed to be an opera singer. While I chose a different career path, opera definitely speaks to my soul. I also paint when I can and my favorite medium is Chinese watercolor. The way you take a whole object and break it down piece by piece and your strokes are based on each piece appeals to me. Finally, I love working with leftover and forgotten textiles and old bits of stuff. Be it making fabric flowers or little bits of jewelry or decor, I like the look of things that have been loved.

  46. Ti says:

    Awesome, vintage-looks!
    Thanks for the give away and chance to win!!!
    ti

  47. Amy says:

    Beautiful! I am not very crafty but I do love to scrapbook.

  48. Pattie Ealy says:

    How very wonderful and unique!

  49. Michelle says:

    I’ve been purchasing from Ann, she is so wonderful! Her creations are lovely!

  50. Gina says:

    I used to love to write and paint!

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