Monday, March 8, 2010

Women's Day Giveaway


March 8 is International Women's Day, a holiday many Americans know nothing about but one that is widely celebrated in other countries -- including China. We thought we'd kick off our celebration with a giveaway of a beautiful scarf made by a like-minded organization in the Houston area called The Community Cloth.

The Community Cloth is a microenterprise empowering refugee women in Houston. It targets economic, educational, and social goals through the provision of seed grants, training, peer support, and market opportunities for refugee artisans.

Around the world people are forced to flee their homes due to war, political violence, exclusion, and competition for scarce resources in troubled states. Those who have sought refuge in another country are refugees. Houston is one of the busiest resettlement cities in the US, and the thousands of refugees welcomed to the city each year face a number of barriers, including limited English proficiency, unemployment, physical and mental health needs, and more.

This scarf was made by a Karenni refugee woman. The Karenni are one of several ethnic minorities indigenous to Burma (Myanmar) who have been facing systematic persecution by the military junta for decades. The army has a long record of human rights abuses, including imprisoning, torturing and killing minority group members. More than 400,000 Burmese refugees have fled to camps in Thailand and have languished there for 15 years or more.

The Community Cloth is about a new start. Your support helps refugee women provide for the basic needs of their families as they work to establish new lives in Houston.


The scarf is yellow and brown with teal and red accents. It is woven, and relatively light weight; perfect for accenting your wardrobe in any season!

How do you enter the giveaway?

You get one entry for each of the following things you do:
1 - Comment on this post.
2 - Become a follower of or subscribe to this blog.
3 - Follow us on Twitter.
4 - Become a Facebook fan of Scarlet Threads.
5 - Become a Facebook fan of The Community Cloth.
6 – Add the Scarlet Threads button to your blog.

And, you get TWO entries for anything on the following list that you do:
7 - Post about this giveaway on your blog.
8 - Twitter about the giveaway.
9 - Post about the giveaway on Facebook.

Giveaway closes on Friday, March 12 at midnight CST. Winner will be posted on Saturday, March 13.

88 comments:

  1. That is such a beautiful scarf!!!

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  2. Twitter follower (freckledfancies)!

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  3. Facebook fan of the Community Cloth!

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  4. I tweeted about the giveaway (http://twitter.com/freckledfancies)!

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  5. Happy Women's Day! Wasn't it just Girl's day, too (maybe on the 3rd)?? Thanks for making me aware of The Community Cloth and including me in this giveaway. Kim

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  6. And The Community Cloth facebook fan.

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  7. I see everyone wearing scarfs these days!

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  8. And a Facebook fan of The Community Cloth.

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  9. I have your button on my blog.

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  10. Wow, that is a beautiful scarf! I am commenting, have the Scarlet Threads button on my blog, am a follower, and a facebook fan too--I hope to blog about this, but I haven't yet, so don't count that yet. That photo is very thought provoking as well--so many details to wonder about.

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  11. I'm glad you are hosting this give away in honor of Women's Day. It brings light to women outside our own nation, and opens our eyes to lives around the world. Thanks for hosting, it's a beautiful scarf!

    Blessings,
    ~ Tanya

    7 entries earned:
    * comment on blog
    * fan of ST on FB
    * fan of TCC on FB
    * Button on blog
    * follower of ST blog
    * bonus 2 entries for post on blog

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  12. that is such a pretty scarf! please count me in :)

    jessicajonesdesign@gmail.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/frenchvanillavintage

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  13. Beautiful scarf! I posted it on my FB:)

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  14. I'm a Scarlet Threads and a Community Cloth fan on FB too!

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  15. I'm a Houstonian and I love the Community Cloth!

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  16. Beautiful scarf!

    healingappetite at gmail.com

    http://www.healingappetite.com

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  17. Linked in my blog
    http://www.healingappetite.com/2010/03/whats-for-lunch/

    healingappetite at gmail dot com

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  18. Linked in my blog
    http://www.healingappetite.com/2010/03/whats-for-lunch/

    healingappetite at gmail dot com

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  19. +2 for posting this on my facebook status :)

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  20. What a wonderful way to celebrate International Women's Day!
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  21. I'm a follower!
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  22. I enjoyed reading about the Community Cloth. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. what a beautiful scarf made by beautiful and talented hands.

    blessed be!

    sassafrasanne@hotmail.com

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  24. Love the scarf!

    Email: SweetFantasyStar[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  25. I follow your blog :)

    Email: SweetFantasyStar[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  26. follow you on twitter (artsyimage)

    Email: SweetFantasyStar[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  27. How nice to have found you... Your story is amazing! amerskine at hotmail dot com
    Beautiful scarf!

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  28. I put your button on my blog. (Left side:)
    amerskine at hotmail dot com

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  29. I posted/linked your giveaway. It is on the left side of my blog under "giveaways" where my readers look daily for new giveaways.
    amerskine at hotmail dot com
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    Thanks!

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  30. I posted/linked your giveaway. It is on the left side of my blog under "giveaways" where my readers look daily for new giveaways.
    amerskine at hotmail dot com
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  31. I love this and I love what it stands for. Thanks for bringing awareness to this issue.

    Amy (artsyrockerchick at aim dot com)

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  32. Following you through Google Connect!

    Amy (artsyrockerchick at aim dot com)

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  33. Fanned Scarlet Threads on FB.

    Amy (artsyrockerchick at aim dot com)

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  34. Fanned the Community Cloth!

    Amy (artsyrockerchick at aim dot com)

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  35. It is a gorgeous scarf-and I'm so glad to know these women are getting a new start in Houston! It's good to know one of my favorite cities still has room for people to make a new life!

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com

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  36. And I subscribed- I'd prefer to follow with Blogger, or Friend Connect, but I can't find the widgets to do that here! I'm glad there's one way to keep up with this great blog, anyway!

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com

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  37. Such a gorgeous scarf, and a very good cause too.

    gsyed1120 at gmail dot com

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  38. wow... I love this post and this giveaway!! it's wonderful that there are people who want to bring awareness about this topic! It's awesome!!! I think anyone would be so lucky to win this scarf! I know I am one of them! xoxoxox

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  39. I'm following your blog!! xoxoxox

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  40. What a wonderful microenterprise The Community Cloth is! Thank you for informing us about it!
    It is beautifully crafted! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the give away!
    I have also posted about the give away on my blog and added the Comment on this post; also have officially become a follower of this blog.
    and added the Scarlet Threads button to my blog.

    Also, Carrie, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    (tochina4tia@yahoo.com)

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  41. Beautiful Scarf. I would love to win!

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  42. I'm a facebook fan too!
    Check me out too!!
    http://operationsippycup.blogspot.com

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  43. I'm visiting from Seeing Signs of Hope. Happy Birthday, Carrie! And I've just become a follower.

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  44. Looove love love the scarf..
    corpesa14@yahoo.com

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  45. I am a twitter follower
    corpesa14
    corpesa14@yahoo.com

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  46. I am a fb fan of scarlet threads
    corpesa14@yahoo.com

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  47. i am a fb fan of community cloth!
    hope i win!!!
    corpesa14@yahoo.com

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  48. The scarfs are beautiful... what a good organization!

    pageturnercrafts@gmail.com

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  49. I am now a follower of this blog!

    pageturnercrafts@gmail.com

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  50. I am a facebook fan of the blog!

    pageturnercrafts@gmail.com

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  51. I am a fb fan of the Community Cloth!

    pageturnercrafts@gmail.com

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  52. I posted the link on my facebook!

    pageturnercrafts@gmail.com

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  53. I posted the link on my facebook!

    pageturnercrafts@gmail.com

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  54. What a lovely scarf! I have several outfits it would be the perfect accessory for!

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  55. This is a great way to spread knowledge about a great cause! The scarf is beautifully crafted as well.

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  56. following this blog with google friends connect

    username = Aero Lantern

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  57. following you on twitter
    twitter id = aerolantern

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    tweeted
    http://twitter.com/aerolantern/status/10278217821

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    tweeted
    http://twitter.com/aerolantern/status/10278217821

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  60. That is absolutely lovely, and I appreciate the information that you've shared here. Thank you so much ~Cee~
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  61. hope i win! (what a great holiday!)

    ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. This is beautiful. I found about it from TweetadayGiveaway.com - a partner of The National Association For Moms In Business and Moms Making a Million.

    Can you connect with me on Facebook if I win? I'd rather not post my email to the public.
    http://www.facebook.com/people/Gina-Robison-Billups/1333449171

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  63. Really cool! Here's my comment and I became a follower! Count me in!

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  64. Great Idea!!!
    Happy International Women's Day!!!

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  65. I like how this company helps those needy women. Definitely worth the cause.


    Love,
    jayne.lee[at]yahoo.com.au

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  66. I follow via google friends.


    Love,
    jayne.lee[at]yahoo.com.au

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  67. Your site is inspiring. I'm glad I found you. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful scarf for my daughter in law.

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  68. How beautiful-would love to win! wrestlermom2 at yahoo dot com

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  69. Beautiful scarf. Wonderful way to celebrate.

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  70. Gorgeous scarf! Great cause! I'd love to win! :)

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  71. What a beautiful and unique scarf. Would love to win it!

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