Friday, December 17, 2010

iamthemandy on KCUR 89.3 FM

iamthemandy on KCUR 89.3 FM

Posted by Mandy Stos on December 17, 2010 0 Comments
this holiday season, recycled and repurposed gifts are on the top of everyone's mind. a fellow follower of iamthemandy, Sarah Schirmer - local KC artist and enthusiast, is an avid listen of Central Standard on KCUR 89.3 FM. She brought to our attention about a blog post requesting you to send in your "Repurposed Gift Ideas". We flocked. Today we will be having a 15 minute session with them today to talk about our company and inspiration. look for our images on their website soon and for our voices on the radio!

happy holidays!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy Monday! I am happy to be able to present to you with one final giveaway before the new year and just in time for Christmas.

Today, you can enter to win a piece out of our upcycled collection! iamthemandy has been kind enough to offer a custom upcycled scrabble tile keychain to the winner.  Choose the letter you desire for either yourself or another (makes a great stocking stuffer).
Below are the simple steps to enter to win. 
  1. Follow iamthemandy via Google Blogger, Twitter, or Facebook.
  2. Visit iamthemandy's products page and then leave a comment here stating which item you love the most out of the collection, along with your name (first name and last initial) and your email (so that we can contact you if you win!)
  3. Receive an additional entry* by tweeting about this and let me know the feed so I can follow you back!
  4. Receive an additional entry* by posting this giveaway on your blog or website and leave a comment with a link to your post.
  5. Check back on Monday December 13th to find out if you won!
happy holidays from the iamthemandy crew :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Flip Side of OZ Giveaway

we all love free stuff, but it is so much cooler when it is AMAZING and created LOCAL.

Check out the below link to win a free pair of earrings from the The Flip Side of Oz, Sierra Winter Designs.

The Flip Side of Oz Blog :)

Good Luck All!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Goodies Giveaway via folk {on Etsy}

Iamthemandy landed the motherload of fabric scraps, laces and buttons 2 weeks ago via a giveaway from folk {on Etsy}.

in order to pay it forward, we are having a giveaway for an original one of a kind recycled cuff created entirely of the above jackpot.

that's right. it is now YOUR chance to score big. in order to register for this giveaway, you simply need to comment below on the blog.

winner will be randomly chosen and  announced 1 week from today, which is September 26th, 2010.

be sure to comment with your name and email so I can contact the winner.

good luck!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Future Festival Preperation

Well, it is that time of the year where festivals are happening around every corner.

iamthemandy attended their first festival at the Perry Pride Fall Festival.

Setting up, greeting festival goers, writing receipts etc., all sounds like a simple task, however there were many things that we needed to improve on our end as a new festival vendor.  In order to remind ourselves with our now short term memories and to help you out, we have complied a list of must haves and tips for your vendor booth in the future.

1. Set-up : Get there early, weather permitting. Pop-up tents, tablecloths and overall booth design is important to attract festival goers.
2. Display: Multiple heights, add some dimension. Don't display your goodies all flat on a table, prop them up. Shoe boxes are great to stuff under your table cloth for an added dimension. Have multiple tables? If so, adjust them so one is slightly higher than the other, not all interested parties are the same height.
3. Materials: Wind, rain and even the sun can strike havoc to your set-up. Travel with a small tote bag that has, stakes, tape, rope, scissors, pens and even paperclips. Rubber bands are great for many solutions as well.
4. Signage: People know what they want. Get a large banner that can be hung or consider a sidewalk chalkboard sign that you can nestle out front of your booth listing your products.
5. Literature: People don't always buy the first time around. Have literature with your contact information for festival goers to take with them. It is a constant reminder throughout the day and even in days to follow.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

25% OFF Store Wide!

iamthemandy is celebrating her birthday, and in order to honor her, we are turning prices back to 1982 by offering 25% off all product! Prices are already reflected on the website.

Sale lasts from August 25th - August 30th 2010.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Believe it or not, newspapers are no longer just for recycling.

We all know that everyone has a huge stack of newspapers in their home or apartment. And why, I must ask? We think maybe some day we will go back to clip an article? Highly doubtful. In today's modern lives, we are too busy for many things. If you were saving that periodical for your dream scrapbook, well, I am sorry dear, it is probably strayed a long time ago. However, we don't have to sit and stare at the never ending mass of news reminiscence anymore. I am going to share 10 ways to shorten your stack and keep more out of landfills.


1. Line a birdcage- Layer your bird/animal cage for easy cleanup.

2. Dry Shoes- Stuff paper in your shoes overnight. This helps to absorb the water and prevent smells.

3. Keep fruits and Veggies Fresh- Line the bottom of your fruit and veggie drawers in the fridge with a few sheets of newspaper to absorb excess moisture and any odors.

4. Gift Wrap
- The comics section makes a fun. Or use the black and white and add a touch of color with markers!

5. Traction for your Tires- No four-wheel drive? No problem, keep a small stack of newspapers in the trunk of your car in case you get stuck. Simply place a small stack of newspapers under each rear wheel, and you can get all the traction you need to get your car out of the snow or mud.

6.Prep your garden- Designate a patch of lawn to use for your next year's garden of fruits and veggies. Cover it with a few layers of newspaper, then a four-inch layer of shredded leaves or bark mulch and hose it down till it’s saturated. In the spring, your compost blanket will have killed the grass, roots and all, and the bed will be ready for planting.

7.Wall Paper -You can use newspaper as wall paper. Simply get starch, soak the newspaper in the starch (dip the paper in the starch get it good and wet) then stick it on the wall, make sure there are no bubbles.

8. Ripen tomatoes. Wrap them individually and leave them out at room temperature. Check every few days. They will soon be fully ripened and ready for eating.

9.Paper Mache Beads- Rip your newspapers into tiny pieces and dump them into a large pot. Pour in just enough boiling water to cover the paper. Cover and let it sit for 1 hour. You can then add some glue and mold away.

10. Kitty Toy -Stuff enough newspaper into an homeless sock for an instant crinkle toy.