Featured {ETSY!} retailer, review, + GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

This is my first review + giveaway featuring an Etsy shop and I’m so excited to introduce you Red Baby by Redrane. This lovely shop is run by Katrina, mama of Luca. 

While lining up Etsy sellers to introduce you to I came across Katrina’s shop. First, because I was browsing baby wraps and slings but I also fell in love with her hand made shoes, blankets, burp cloths and more!

One of the great things about Etsy is that more often than not you can contact the person who is making the item you want, I just love the personal connection and I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people this way. Katrina is so sweet and I’ve loved working with her during this process. 

Well enough from me, here’s a little bit more about Katrina of Red Baby in her own words…

Where are you located + are you from there originally?
We live in Longueuil ( pron: Long-gay ) which is more or less a suburb of Montreal in Quebec Canada. My husband is a Montreal native but I moved here 8 years ago from Ontario when I came to study Art and Psychology at Concordia University.

How did you come up with your shop name?
My middle name is Rane and red is my favourite colour! But really there is a bit more to it than that. For some years I’ve been a hobby photographer and after doing some self portraits with a friend using red lighting ages ago we came up with the name Redrane- it seemed like a good photographer / business name, and it has just kind of stuck since then.

How long have you had your shop?
I opened my shop just before my son was born in March 2009. 
A group of friends who had seen all the things I was making in preparation for my son’s arrival suggested I start selling similar items and suggested Etsy as a great venue to do so. 
I dipped my toe into the water and listed a few items. I made a few sales in those first months but I certainly wasnt devoting much time to the shop after Luca arrived in the middle of April. I would say that things started to take off in September when I launched the “Moo Shoes”, a limited edition fall “Luca Wrap” and then the fleece Owl hats.



What inspires you?
SO so many things inspire me! I would have to say that a lot of my inspiration
comes from need, practicality and functionality – thats why I like to make things that are reversible, or have pockets or duel purposes whenever possible. 
Of course the colours,textures and patterns of fabrics inspire me as well. I love to drift through fabric stores running my hands over the bolts of fabric imagining what they would be good for, or how they would look with something else I have hidden away in my collection!

What is your favorite item in your shop?
I have a special fondness for the Moo Shoes and Owl Hats, probably because I made each of them originally for my son. I love the swaddling blankets and Luca wraps for their practicality but I’m coming to love the ring slings more and more as Luca has reached a weight where my biceps just can’t hold him for long!




Do you have any other jobs or hobbies?
I teach art and dance at a high school in another town just outside of Montreal and I love to dance, take photos, play games with my son and husband, and once upon a time I loved to run but its a passion I havent managed to rekindle since Luca was born.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.
Even though Im coordinated person who danced and figure skated for years without any major injuries I am ridiculously clumsy on a day to day basis – dancing in 3″ heels- no problem! walking down the street in running shoes- forget it! I trip all over! My husband cant understand how I possibly made it through childhood without any broken bones =)


What do you hope your future holds?
My hopes for the future are simiple – I would love to keep teaching but on a part time basis so I could devote more time to my business while still having a minute to myself and time to spend with my family. 
I want to go on a belated honeymoon with my husband and build a “container cottage” together as a family project, and at some point finish all the little renovations around the house.

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Shandell’s Review

Katrina is so awesome that when I contacted her about a review she sent me TWO of her gorgeous XL  cotton gauze swaddling blankets. These blankets are so beautiful and functional. 

Within days of receiving them we already put them to many uses. We went on a walk and used the seascape {blue + green} one to cover the stroller and it did a great job of keeping out the sun while letting the breeze through the lightweight fabric. It’s the perfect size for our big stroller. 

Malakai loved playing with the blankets. We played peek-a-boo and even made a fort with them!

I really wish we would have had these extra-large blankets when Malakai was in the swaddling stage. I know that they’ll surely get a lot of use with our future little ones.
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GIVEAWAY!

Want one yet? Of course you do! Well Katrina of Red Baby is offering one of my lucky readers not one, but TWO of these lovely cotton gauze blankets in the colors of their choice…and there are a lot to choose from!
Please leave ONE comment for each entry and be sure to link your email to your blogger/google profile or include it in the comment so I can contact you if you’re the lucky winner.
Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. Contest ends on Tuesday July 6th 2010, 9pm PST. Winner will be announced on Wednesday July 7th, 2010 {my anniversary!}. 
Mandatory entry: 
~ Please become a public follower of Breaking New Ground {google friend connect on the upper left} then visit Red Baby by Redrane on Etsy and come back to tell me your favorite item. 
Additional entries:
~Become a fan of Red Baby by Redrane on Facebook. Leave a comment with your facebook name as we will verify each entry.  
~Follow me on twitter and tweet: “win 2 XL cotton gauze baby blankets from Redrane + @ShanLeAnn at http://bit.ly/cT9Tbc” Leave a comment with your twitter username. This can be done once per day.
~Purchase any item from Red Baby by Tuesday July 5th, 2010 9pm PST and leave a comment to tell me what you bought. 
All comments will be verified. Any comments that do not complete the requirements listed will be removed without notification, so please be sure to read the instructions carefully!
Disclosure: I was sent 2 XL cotton gauze swaddling blankets by Redrane for the purpose of the review. I received no other compensation. All opinions are my own. Click for additional disclosures and PR policies.

  1. Gina

    June 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I'm a Google follower! And I love the monkey burp clothes.

  2. Gina

    June 29, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I'm a Red Baby FB fan (Gina Hayes)

  3. D

    June 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I follow (obviously lol) and Love the Sweetheart Mary Janes – those are to die for!

  4. D

    June 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway (@dedearinger)

  5. Kaymee

    June 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I am a follower & I love the "Cheeky Monkey" burp cloths 🙂

  6. Kaymee

    June 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway

    @Kaymee81

  7. Ashley Elaine

    June 30, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I like the Burp Cloths Pack of 3 – Rock N Roll Theme – Pink and Purple.

    uncashbug6 at aol dot com

  8. Ashley Elaine

    June 30, 2010 at 12:49 am

    http://twitter.com/ashbug622/status/17375240102
    follow on twitter @Ashbug622

    uncashbug6 at aol dot com

  9. Ashley Elaine

    June 30, 2010 at 12:50 am

    "like" on facebook. #Ashley Elaine

    uncashbug6 at aol dot com

  10. Celeste

    July 1, 2010 at 1:14 am

    I'm a google follower. I love the swaddling blankets 🙂
    celeste dot k at rogers dot com

  11. Teresha@Marlie and Me

    July 1, 2010 at 1:49 am

    I follow publicly with GFC! I like the Ballet Booties – Felt Baby Slippers

  12. Teresha@Marlie and Me

    July 1, 2010 at 1:49 am

    I Became a fan of Red Baby by Redrane on Facebook

  13. Patricia Anne

    July 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

    FAcebook fan of Red Baby by Redrane – Patricia Anne Nalker

    Bruiseviolet19@hotmail.com

  14. Patricia Anne

    July 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I love the Burp Cloth Set of 3 – Pink Wild Child.

    &I am a GFC follower!

    Bruiseviolet19@hotmail.com

  15. Missy

    July 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I'm a google follower and I love the deep coral and sunset blankets!

    missyt_2000@yahoo.com

  16. Missy

    July 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I"like" Red Baby by Redrane on fb.

    melissa terrell

    missyt_2000@yahoo.com

  17. mandalarain

    July 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    hi, i just publically followed you

    mandalarain@gmail.com

    i really think this carseat blanket is a great idea, especially living in COlorado like i do!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/39603561/reversible-carseat-blanket-fleececotton

  18. Kim

    July 6, 2010 at 11:35 am

    What great baby shower gifts. I really like the Burp Cloth Set of 4 – Blue Jungle Prints.

    frugalmdmom at comcast dot net

  19. Jenny Bolech

    July 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I'm a new follower and my favorite item is the xl receiving blanket 3 pack – pink purple and green
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/32103952/xl-receiving-blanket-3-pack-pink-purple
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

  20. Jenny Bolech

    July 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I'm a red baby fan on facebook as Jenny Bolech!
    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

  21. Jenny

    July 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I love everything owls and love the hat!

  22. Sarah Halstead

    July 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I am a follower. I love the owl hat. So cute!

  23. Sarah Halstead

    July 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I like them on facebook. Sarah Halstead

  24. Kristin

    July 6, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I am a follower 🙂
    and I love the Reversible Pettiskirt / Crinoline in Lavender

  25. Kristin

    July 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I am following them on FB

    strlit023@aol.com
    Kristin Price

  26. Genelle

    July 7, 2010 at 1:34 am

    I follow you Publicly on GFC and the Redrane item I like the best is the linen ring sling. I'd probably want to try to get it in a different color since I'm not a purple person, but LOVE the sling itself!

  27. Genelle

    July 7, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I liked Redrane on FB. My name is Genelle Cunningham Gardner. Email is genny2118 at gmail dot com.

  28. Genelle

    July 7, 2010 at 1:37 am

    I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway. Here's the link to my status and my Twitter name is Genny2118. http://twitter.com/Genny2118/status/17911672832
    My email is genny2118 at gmail dot com.

  29. Krystal

    July 7, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I tweeted for you! TieALitleRibbon

  30. Krystal

    July 7, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I follow you and I love the mesh ring sling. It's been so hot here, too hot for babywearing so that would be great!
    tiealittleribbon@gmail.com

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