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My very own cousin and HIS GIVEAWAY!!


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I have this cousin named Brad.

And he has such a clever brain.

Well, he has entered a product design contest and submitted the coolest product.

Once you watch this video, you are sure to want your very own.

Take a look.
(and turn up your volume…)

Didn’t you just want to eat up his sweet kiddos?

What a fun way to not only build, stack, and construct…….but what a great visual and tangible concept for little ones to understand counting, grouping, multiplication, patterns, and more.

Don’t you want a set of your very own……..and 2 other sets to gift away?

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Well, Brad is a finalist for a contest and whoever wins the most votes on facebook, wins a trip to meet the retailer about selling their product. How cool is that?

Brad would love to give away a set of his Brainy Blocks but he only has his one prototype for now……so he is giving away something just as great.

First, he is giving away one of his original papercutting of a peak in the Eastern Sierras of California, called Mt. Tom. (Image fits in a 4″ x 6″ mat opening.)

**This giveaway is available for anyone who votes “like” for the Brainy Blocks over on facebook here.

But Brad has decided to give away something else, just for the those who participate over here on Make It and Love It.

Have you ever read this book, Blueberries for Sal?

Well Brad has hand drawn a 16″ x 20″ ink on canvas image from this book.

Check out those perfect details of little Sal from the book. Love her.

The winner will receive this large canvas through the mail, right to their very home.

I could think of several spots in my home where this would look just perfect.

How to enter?

One entry?

  • Become a fan of Uncommon Goods here (the host of the competition). Then click “like” for the Brainy Blocks Photo Album here. (Make sure to leave a comment here and let me know that you did.)
Another entry?
  • Post about this contest/giveaway on your own blog. (And then tell me you did in another comment.)
Another entry?
  • Add this contest/giveaway to your facebook status. (And then tell me you did in another comment.)
Another entry?
  • Tweet about this contest/giveaway. (And then tell me that you did in another comment.)
Okay, and a big whoppin’ 5 more entries?
  • Tell a friend about his contest/giveaway and if they have voted (and clicked “like” for the Brainy Blocks) come back here and let me know. (And then enter in 5 more comments, telling me that you did so.)

So everyone who votes “like” for the Brainy Blocks here will automatically be entered to win the Mt. Tom paper-cut. (including those who don’t participate in the canvas giveaway here)

And then those who enter this giveaway here on my blog, will also be entered to win the sweet little Blueberries for Sal canvas. (So you could win both!!!)

And wow Brad, I sure hope you win and are able to market this product. I, along with many, want our very own set of Brainy Blocks.
Is that so much to ask? :)

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!


  1. Ashley says:

    Hey, it is such a small world. I'm glad you were able to help Brad out too! And I'm glad he won!!! :) Anyway, we were living in Rexburg but now are in GA…..we just moved a couple of months ago. Darn.

    Anyway, keep up with the craftin' and have fun with it!! :)

  2. The Youngs says:

    Brad works with my friend's husband's brother ha ha! Small world.
    She had these thing advertised on her blog and we all helped him win the facebook contest.
    I told her how awesome ur blog is and how much she HAS TO check it out.
    I love how creative u are. U are inspiring. There are things that I always wanted to make but didnt know how easy they were until I see u do them ha ha!
    I thought I saw somewhere on her that ur in Idaho? Im in rexburg. If your still here I would love to do a craft with you some time! Or you should do a craft group party one of these days and I would definatley have aton of people that would come with me :)

  3. Amanda says:

    I am bloggin your giveaway too

  4. Amanda says:

    My email in case i win
    no spam people

  5. Amanda says:

    I added your blog button
    My first ever
    thanks for the instructions

  6. Amanda says:

    I am now a follower

  7. Megan says:

    I like it on Facebook. My grandmother used to read Blueberries for Sal to me ALL the time. I absolutely LOVE the canvas.

  8. Patti says:

    Those Brainy Blocks are a great idea! Blueberries for Sal is one of my children's favorites. Still have it and no intention of it going to donation. The art work is beautiful. Would love to have Brad's sketch!!!

  9. Laura says:

    Yeah! FB just told me he won!

  10. katie says:

    YAY! for the win! can't wait until I can but these

  11. Rodney and Erin says:

    It's a small world when I'm following a blog of someone I don't know and you are related to someone I went to school with. I was in Meg and Brad's ward at the Y…I've already voted on his neat blocks. Anyway, it's fun to have connections…thanks for the blog…it's been fun check out and get ideas of my own!

  12. Shayla says:

    I was gonna go vote but BRAD ALREADY WON!!!!! WOOHOO!!!

  13. Ashley says:

    Yay!! So great for him! And thanks to everyone who helped him out. He sure did appreciate it!

    Now for our blocks that MUST be mass produced! :)

  14. willowriver says:

    Congratulations to your cousin on his win! Just saw it on the Uncommon Goods site.

  15. Tierra says:

    A friend became a fan and *liked* the Brainy Blocks.

    tierralowry at

  16. Tierra says:

    A friend became a fan and *liked* the Brainy Blocks.

    tierralowry at

  17. Tierra says:

    A friend became a fan and *liked* the Brainy Blocks.

    tierralowry at

  18. Tierra says:

    A friend became a fan and *liked* the Brainy Blocks.

    tierralowry at

  19. Tierra says:

    A friend became a fan and *liked* the Brainy Blocks.

    tierralowry at

  20. Tierra says:

    I added to my facebook status.

    tierralowry at

  21. Tierra says:

    I became a fan and totally *like* the blocks. What a great idea!

    tierralowry at

  22. Katy Rose says:

    I added this contest to my facebook status.

  23. Katy Rose says:

    I became a fan on facebook and like the blocks. Awesome idea!

  24. Maggie Reno says:

    OK – I've got at least 2 people to click "like" so far!

  25. Maggie Reno says:

    I just blogged about the giveaway and the competition at!

  26. Maggie Reno says:

    I just added this giveaway to my facebook status.

  27. Maggie Reno says:

    How random is that. I had no idea Brad was your cousin. We're friends with him and his wife! I've seen that Sal image before and have been working up the courage to ask him to do one for me! I'm a fan of Uncommon Goods and I clicked "like".

  28. Laura says:

    Like 'em on facebook and like 'em for real too!

  29. Corie says:

    I became a fan of Uncommon Goods and 'liked" your cousins blocks! They really are super cute! I also shared the contest on FB and told people to vote for him.

  30. Alex says:

    Now a Facebook fan! Great idea!

  31. Krystal says:

    Those are awesome! They would be so great for homeschooling!

    I "liked" them on FB :)

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