[CLOSED] Win This – $250 Gift Certificate from Alabama Chanin


The possibilities are endless with $250 at Alabama Chanin.

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Krrb community is giving 12 lucky Krrbsters a secondhand, handmade or locally made gift. From December 6-21, one winner will be selected per day from our 12 Days of Gifting Give Away! (Have you entered yet? No? Well, get on it!)

On the eighth day of gifting we’re teaming up with our good friend and textile artist, Natalie Chanin to give away an incredibly generous gift certificate valued at $250! You might recognize Natalie from Makeshift 2012 or you might know her awesome design and clothing company, Alabama Chanin. Yes, that Alabama Chanin. The 100% handmade/100% organic clothing and accessories line with a whole lot of goodies. Like artfully crafted home decor pieces, women’s wear, hand-cast jewelry, plus events and workshops to round out the community, Alabama Chanin knows how to engage. Choosing what to spend all that moolah on ‘aint going to be easy…

Feel like beautifying your life with some handmade goods? Duh. Read on to hear from Natalie and enter to win today.

The designer behind Alabama Chanin, Natalie

Hi Natalie! Tell us in four sentences or less on who you are and what Alabama Chanin is all about is all about.
I am a designer, author, mother, photographer, and filmmaker living in the South. Alabama Chanin is a multifaceted company with areas devoted to fashion, DIY, interactive events, and seminars. Our products are organic, ethical, and made entirely by hand. Our team is constantly traveling, working, talking and spreading the gospel. You should come for a visit soon.

We most definitely will! What do you do to stay in the spirit of the holidays?
I have an amazing and beautiful family; that’s what my holidays are all about — that and great food. We usually spend Christmas with family, friends, cooking, and, of course, eating. The door is always open to family and friends and you can expect anything from a “low country boil” to Viennese “Kaiserschmaren.”

What is the worst gift you’ve ever given?
My daughter and I made gifts for all of the kids in the family one year. Being that she was only four or five we kept it simple with home-made sock puppets; button eyes, magic marker-mouths, the whole nine…completely adorable but not the holiday favorite. It’s hard to compete with the must-have toys of the season, but I think the sock puppet has real staying power. Sometimes the worst is also the best.

We couldn’t agree more. Tell us your favorite holiday music you can hear on repeat.
My 6 year-old daughter starts listening to Holiday music just after the Fourth of July and stops just in time for all of the Easter favorites. I have to say that after several months of this (year-after-year), I try to gently guide her to something a bit more modern like “The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs.” It doesn’t often work. At least she leans towards Etta James. I mean, Etta can belt out “Frosty the Snowman”… just saying.

Thanks Natalie!

To win a gift certificate from Alabama Chanin, tell us what your favorite thing about the holidays is here!

  • Gkrichey

    My favorite thing about the holidays is seeing my grown kids faces opening their previously requested presents on Christmas morning. They still looked amazed and surprised.

  • Moni

    My favorite things about the holiday is the planning and plotting gifts for the people I love.

  • Hey JanK – Make sure to share what your favorite thing about the holiday is here so you’re entered to win: http://blog.krrb.com/2012/11/06/give-away-12-chances-to-win-in-our-12-days-of-gifting


  • Hey Teresa,

    Make sure you enter the contest here: http://blog.krrb.com/2012/11/06/give-away-12-chances-to-win-in-our-12-days-of-gifting


  • Hey Ellen, Make sure to enter the contest here: http://blog.krrb.com/2012/11/06/give-away-12-chances-to-win-in-our-12-days-of-gifting

    Good luck!

  • Ellen

    Choose me.  I am inspired by Alabama Chanin’s beautiful designs and am currently working on two projects from them.  And yes, would love to win the gift certificate for additional fabric, thread, to continue my daily meditation of hand sewing — especially needed in the winter months.


  • Jamiedean8

    I would love to work for Alabama Chanin! As an art teacher this women gave me an entire new inspiration~ One day a hopeful workshop~ Many thanks for all that you have inspired and shared!

  • Mary B

    I have become a bit of an AC DIY addict.  I didn’t realize how much I would love hand sewing.  Such a joy.  Thanks to Natalie and her whole crew for all of the amazing inspirations.

  • Teresa

    What I like most about the holidays is putting up the Christmas tree lights and then turning them on while wathcing them on the tree in the dark.

  • JanK

    Oooohhh.  I could think of lots of things I’d absolutely love from Alabama Chanin.   I try and use the templates and designs from their wonderful three books but I’d LOVE to purchase something from their website and collection/s.

  • Littlefoxesdesigns

    Wow, she is so amazing. She inspires me in so many ways. 

  • brittsneezer

    i love natalie chanin’s work.  i am constantly looking and waiting for new pieces!

  • Cathy Smith

    Alabama Chanin has had such a huge influence on me, Natalie is a truly gifted artist and I was lucky enough to attend a workshop last summer.  Now I am making severaly AC gifts for Christmas for family.  Merry Christmas!

  • Emily Lowrey

    Natalie and Alabama Chanin gave me the confidence to finally learn to sew myself so that I have a creative outlet to help deal with the stresses of work.  I love this woman.  She is so unbelievably talented and giving to the world.  

  • Ooh, that’s so cool! I didn’t know she made wedding dresses. Love that. Make sure to enter the contest to win a gift certificate to her store. Enter here: http://blog.krrb.com/2012/11/06/give-away-12-chances-to-win-in-our-12-days-of-gifting

  • Make sure to enter the contest to win the gift certificate! http://blog.krrb.com/2012/11/06/give-away-12-chances-to-win-in-our-12-days-of-gifting

  • Yes, she is the awesomest. Enter the contest by telling us your favorite thing about the holidays on this post: http://blog.krrb.com/2012/11/06/give-away-12-chances-to-win-in-our-12-days-of-gifting

  • socialsea

    She is inspiring and a woman comfortable in her own skin. Love that she made my daughter’s wedding dress.

  • the day i’ve met natalie in berlin changed my life! she is such a beautiful woman with an adorable soul. this experience was priceless! 

  • Anonymous

    I am so upset that I missed the Black Friday sale at Alabama Chanin! :( It would be so great  to win the prize so I don’t have to wait another year to order from her site!  I have all of the books, but I need supplies/fabric and a D.I.Y kit… I hope that Natalie writes another book and includes the pattern for the patchwork denim skirt (or posts the pattern online)!!! I don’t know if I’ll ever get married, but if I do, I want to wear her clothes! So inspiring!

  • I know. I really want to have a dinner party with her. 

  • Senorayatez

    god, i love that woman.