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A new t-shirt and giveaway

Naughty Butternuts t-shirtOur blog clearly attracts the rabble --- people like me who open Mother Earth News and recoil, muttering, "But it's so mainstream!"  If an ordinary homesteading blog had offered t-shirts for sale, I suspect that people would have bought t-shirts.  But I should have known that if the Walden Effect tried to sell t-shirts, our readers would instead donate their own designs.

New t-shirts
Walden Effect Junkie put together this awesome image of Naughty Butternuts, and even built us a Zazzle store so that we could sell as many or as few t-shirts as we wanted without setting aside space in our miniscule trailer to stockpile inventory.  We followed her lead and made our own Walden Effect store so that you can browse all of our homesteading goodies in one place.

If there are any other think-outside-the-box types out there, I'd love it if you emailed me your own Walden Effect design.  We'll throw our favorites up on the Zazzle store and donate all of the proceeds to Mark's favorite charity --- Appalachian Community Fund.

Zimmy in front of his solar panelsNew giveaway
Meanwhile, I've decided we're long overdue for a giveaway, and again Walden Effect Junkie came to the rescue.  She told me that the best way to reach more readers is to get our friends to tell their friends about us.  So, to enter our giveaway, just tell a friend about our blog and then leave a comment on this post letting me know how many friends you've told.  You can email your friends, tell them in person, leave a comment on their blog, or recommend that they become our friend on Facebook.  You'll be entered into our contest once for every friend you tell!  The contest ends at midnight on July 31, and one lucky U.S. winner will receive a Walden Effect welcome pack --- our petroglyph t-shirt, 100 Egyptian onion top-bulbs, a 3 pack DIY chicken waterer kit, and our microbusiness ebook.  (Visit our store for details.)

A thousand thanks to Walden Effect Junkie for her words of wisdom and beautiful artwork!  And thanks to Zimmy who emailed me this great photo of his petroglyph t-shirt hard at work on his own homestead.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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This is an awesome giveaway! I hope it will help more like-minded people find your blog. You have one of the best blogs around and everyone should hear about it.
Comment by Kelly Wed Jul 28 12:29:29 2010

Crack me up, Anna :D

Honestly I don't mean to be a 'rabble-rouser'! I am quite enamored with the petroglyph t-shirt design and would have proudly gone about being a walking billboard for Walden Effect. However I am in the wider demographic of your readers and an XL shirt just won't cut it for me-- thus I had to find a way to spread the word in a size that fits!

LOVE the giveaway. What a prize!

Comment by W.E. Junkie Wed Jul 28 14:29:54 2010

Kelly --- I'm glad you approve! I was a bit concerned the giveaway was too self-promoting and everyone would be annoyed.

Walden Effect Junkie --- Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that our readers are rabble-rousers instead of sheep! :-) And I adore your design too!

Comment by anna Wed Jul 28 14:38:07 2010

I've told/sent a link to 3 friends. :-)

We really enjoy all your great articles; it definitely saves us a little bit of 'learning the hard way' when we can read what your experience has been. We live near Harrisonburg, Va, so it's nice to have some advice from people in our general area, also.


Comment by Kimberly Lester Thu Jul 29 16:57:35 2010
Thanks so much, Kimberly! It's nice to have a reader who lives pretty closeby too!
Comment by anna Thu Jul 29 18:08:06 2010
I told 2 people at work and a couple of friends about your blog. Thanks for having it up for us to read!
Comment by Bladerunner Thu Jul 29 21:54:47 2010
Thanks, Bladerunner! I've added you to the drawing four times.
Comment by anna Fri Jul 30 08:18:10 2010
I told one friend and posted the link on my facebook page.
Comment by Lisa Fri Jul 30 12:01:40 2010
Thanks, Lisa! I've added you into the drawing.
Comment by anna Fri Jul 30 15:49:59 2010
The butternut Tshirt is the funniest, best t shirt ever. Tickles my fancy immensely. Onto the Xmas list immediately!
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