Friday, May 16, 2014

Little Foot Boutique Teepee Review & Giveaway!

 {The giveaway featured in this post ended on May 21st, 2014.}

I am so excited about this giveaway, I have ALWAYS wanted a teepee for Lemon's room and we finally got one from this awesome shop!  Scroll down to see how you can win a handmade chevron teepee (in either pink, yellow, gray or black) for your little one!


I had a chance to work with Lisa from Little Foot Boutique this week and her teepees are just so cute!  More about Lisa, her family and her shop:

"I'm a stay at home mom with two boys, Wyatt is 2 and Evan is 3. I have been married to my best friend for almost 10 years.  I started sewing around age 10. My grandmother taught me when she would watch my sister and I in the summer time. I made doll clothes and pillows. Pretty simple things. We would use my grandma's old singer foot pedal machine.

My husband bought me my first sewing machine five years ago. I didn't really use it until I had my second baby. I was laid of from my project manager position at my architectural firm when the economy crashed back in 2009.


I went from being the bread winner to nothing! Such a bittersweet time in my life. I couldn't get a job anywhere so I got pregnant. Right!?!? I had my second baby within eighteen months and times were really tough. I couldn't buy my babies anything because there was no extra money. I relied on baby showers, donations and hand me downs from family and friends. My friends and family gave me fabric and I had yard sales to raise money for my supplies. I started Little Foot Boutique on my dining room table.


When Wyatt was three months old, and Evan was a year and a half, I  opened my Etsy shop. I started sewing simple baby items. I would sew at nap times and in the evenings when they would go to bed. Eventually, sewing took over my life! I would sew all night sometimes and take care of my babies the next day. Crazy! I eventually hired another person to help me. I now have three amazing women that sew with me. These ladies needed money and have been out of the work force for many years raising their kids. I have grown so much since 2012. I recently started another Etsy shop with my sister called The Sprouted Arrow. Both shops are going so well and I've learned so much over the last two years that I feel only experience can teach you. It's been amazing how much my shop has changed, and myself as well. I now sell apparel, bedding and home decor items.


I'm so grateful for my family, friends and loyal followers' support. I feel so blessed to be where I am today!"



Lisa makes tons of stuff like headbands, skirts, table runners, teepees and more - she is so talented!  (And her, and her sister's, shop is awesome too, such comfy, cute kids apparel!)  I actually wish that I would have found her shop before buying Lemon's custom made pink chevron curtains and crib skirt (on Carousel Designs), and spending a fortune two years ago, because Lisa's prices are so much better!  
I have always wanted a teepee for Lemon's room, she is a quarter Native American after all, and I'm so happy I found Lisa's shop.  She was really easy to work with, is so accommodating and sweet, even though I'm sure she's busy, and I am loving our new teepee! 

She sent us a pink chevron teepee (which retails for $125), without the poles, and we put it together ourselves.  (Her teepees measure 59 inches tall and are 58 inches around the base.)  Our teepee came with instructions for "Teepee Assembly" that said we needed 5, 1/2" dowels (or PVC pipe) that is 66" long.  You also need rope or twine to tie the top of the teepee together.  You just insert the poles, through the 5 pockets, spread the legs out and then tie firmly at top and you are done!  It definitely seemed easy enough and it's how I wanted to spend Mother's Day, putting Lemon's teepee together as a family. See how we assembled our teepee:


We went to Lowes to try to find dowels to use for our teepee but it wasn't as easy as we thought.  The only dowels they had weren't long enough, so we had to get square poles instead (it's molding I think).  I got 1/2" inch poles (like the instructions said) that only came in 8 feet so someone at Lowes cut them down for us.  After bringing them home, we saw that the pockets on the teepee were actually big enough for 1" poles (and those also would have made our teepee sturdier), but we had already spent $25 on the ones we got.  So, our teepee is pretty flimsy, because of the poles, and I will eventually replace them with something thicker.  Lisa does say, on her site, to get 3/4" dowels for your teepee (different than the instructions), which would be a bit thicker, but I would totally recommend 1" dowels/poles/PVC pipe which would have even more support (and it looks like the ones in her pictures may be 1" dowels).  


The fabric on ours had to be tied up with the twine also, since the poles were so thin, so the thicker poles would support the fabric better too.  Our fabric slips down the poles, and the poles slip out at the ends, and this makes for a very filmsy set up, and one that a toddler constantly knocks over.  A thicker dowel (molding/PVC pipe) would definitely solve both of these problems (holding the fabric in place at the top and bottom) so if you order a teepee, opt for a thicker type of pole when you are purchasing them!

Seriously you guys, Lemon loves this teepee!  I put a couple of blankets down on the floor, and a pillow inside (with some stuffed animal friends) and she just sits in there and looks at her books.  She goes in it every morning when she wakes up, and every afternoon when we get home from work, and thinks it's hilarious to close the front on us (it comes with ties to close it and to ties to tie in a bow so the flaps stay open).  She hides from us in it, relaxes in it, pretends to go "night, night" in it and it is all just so cute.  It is the perfect size for her and I think she loves having her own little space, one we definitely can't fit inside of!  
I love the design of the teepee, love that it just happens to be the exact same Chevron fabric as the curtains in Lemon's room, and it is really well made.  You can tell that Lisa has a passion for her business, and the items she sells, and works hard to make this job her career.  I hope she is SO successful in this business because we love our teepee (and the other items in both of her shops are so cute too, check them out!)!

Do you want to win a Little Foot Boutique teepee for your little one (in your choice of pink, yellow, gray or black chevron)?  Here's what you need to do for a chance to win:
  • Follow littlefootboutique and I (allisonpants) on Instagram, repost our giveaway picture and hash tag it #givemeateepee!  (If you don't have an Instagram account, just follow my blog, on Google or on Blog Lovin', and comment below to be entered.)
  • For an extra entry, follow my blog and comment on this post saying why you would love to win a teepee for your muffin!  (You've got to follow in order for your comment/entry to count.)
Winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday, May 21st at 8pm MST.  If you win, you will receive a chevron teepee in your choice of colors (pink, yellow, gray or black)!  Good luck!!


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36 comments:

  1. We would love to win a teepee because we have our second baby on the way due on his sister's birthday and it would be AWESOME to give her a BIG gift, like a teepee, this year as her last year not having to share a birthday. AND because they are adorable!

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  2. I would love to win a teepee for my daughters first birthday coming up this summer. She already has the pink chevron bedding in her room so I think it would look great and I can only imagine all of the fun she could have in it. :) Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  4. Daytons room is done in black and white chevron! I've tried forts but they scare him so I think with the opening he would LOVE it! We had a giant box for him he loved (Isnt it funny how that works) so would definitely love it and he would too! (:

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  5. Elise would LOVE a grey chevron teepee to sit and read her books in!!! #givemeateepee pretty please?!?!?

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  6. this would be PERFECT for gunners room!!! he loves books and story time and this would be such a cute idea for a little nook for him to go in and get away while looks at his books!!! gah!!!! pick me!!

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  7. I'd love to win a teepee for my daughter because she deserves one! She's so adventurous and would love reading and play time in one. Plus they're so cute.

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  8. I would love to win one for my two daughters. They look adorable and super cute. And well made also!

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  9. Awe, THIS IS PERFECT! I'd love to have this teepee for our sixteen month old daughter. She absolutely loves story time and I think this would be the perfect little nook for our Brooke to read. Forgive my rhyme time there.(; Her room is coral and gray chevron, so the gray one would match perfectly! I follow both on ig and reposted the image ig: blakeleylately and follow your blog as well. Thanks for the awesome opportunity, fingers crossed!(:

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  10. I definitely couldn't afford to buy this for my son but it would get a lot of use. I think it is real cute! I loved the story of how the business was started. I hope I can find my nitch.

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  11. Tagged on Instagram- beckaklee

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  12. What a great giveaway! I've so wanted for my little girl to have a cute teepee to play in. Thanks for an opportunity at making that happen!

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  13. Thank you for the chance to win! *fingers crossed!* entered on IG 😄👍💕 @brandi_albon is my user name! Good luck to everyone!

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  14. Gabrielle ReicksMay 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    My two year old would love this teepee for her room! It's so beautiful i need to have one! I Hope we win thank you for the opportunity! <3 <3 posted and private on Instagram too!

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  15. Following and also posted on Instagram! I would love this for my little ones. My twin girls will be turning one on the 20th of this month. My son just turned 3! The look on their faces if they win this would be priceless! My son loves anything he can hide in. :)

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  16. I would love to win this teepee for my daughter! She will be 2 in less than a month and she really deserves such a great gift, cause after my baby boy entered this world, unfortunately i can't spend as much time with her as i used to... all my attention now is on my newborn baby... and i feel so guilty about it :( so this teepee will be like her new magic corner- her own world!!! Thanks for amazing giveaway!!! Finger crossed!!! ❤️

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  17. I would love to win a teepee for my daughter. Thanks for this great giveaway. I'm following on bloglovin and IG (@ecmorris)

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  18. I would LOVE to win a TeePee for Alexis because I would love to see the excitement on her face when it's all setup and ready to play in! I know that it would be such a fun addition to her playroom or bedroom! I could see us laying in there reading books or having a tea party!

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  19. I would love to win this for my Pearl! Not only would she love it, but she'll need a place to hide when baby brother arrives ;).

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  20. I love the teepee and so do my daughters but if I won it we would be paying it forward to a mama and her daughter that could use a little pick me up beautiful present that would be there very own special place. I know by giving up such a fantastic gift that it would come back full circle for my little family :)

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  21. My daughter that will be one in July would love for her mom (me (: ) to win a teepee because they are so cute and look fun to play in, but we won't know how fun they really are until we get one(: just want to win it for my daughter because who doesn't want a teepee? Thank you (: !

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  22. LOVE this giveaway! My 16 month old is a reading fiend and she would love reading in one of these! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  23. jamie- IG jamiehendersonloveMay 18, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    I would love to win a teepee for my girls! So wonderful for little imaginations! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  24. I've been wanting a teepee for my little girls for a while! They are so so cute!!! Fingers crossed! Love your daughter's hair. We have curls over here too!!

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  25. I follow on Instagram and I really want one!! ❤️❤️

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  26. I have been following your cute blog for a while and I would love this teepee! I have been doing research on how to make one for my Annabelle but am not very crafty myself. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks!

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  27. I would love to win a teepee for our five kiddos so they can let their imaginations run wild!

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  28. I would love to win an adorable teepee like this for my youngest daughter. Her 1st birthday is tomorrow (5/21) and winning a teepee would be a great birthday surprise!!

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  29. I would love to win this for my two little girls Zone and Poet. Zoey is two and loves to play under our desk in the living room and she will find any little cubby hole to crawl in and play with her dolls and animals or read a book and I know that she would love to have a little tent to have her own little quiet space. And I know when Poet gets a little older she will be able to enjoy it too. So here's to hoping I win this awesome giveway!!!

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  30. I would love to win this for my two little girls Zoey and Poet. Zoey is two and loves to play under our desk in the living room and she will find any little cubby hole to crawl in and play with her dolls and animals or read a book and I know that she would love to have a little tent to have her own little quiet space. And when Poet gets a little older she will be able to enjoy it too. So here's to hoping I win this awesome giveway!!!

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  31. Love this review! And love her story! It's so inspiring to read about sahm's who start their own successful businesses! It's very inspiring. My baby Rivers needs a teepee- we are currently using an old fleece blanket draped over a chair haha! Fingers crossed for this amazing giveaway- thank you!!
    kristy @RiversThings

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  32. So adorable! My little Fiona would love this teepee in her attic playroom! It would be the perfect spot for her to sit and read her favorite fairy tales! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. I would love to win a teepee for my Daughter, Evelyn, because I know she would love and appreciate it. She has so much fun at Gymboree under the parachute, and enjoys crawling into little enclosed spaces. Her Dad & I don't have much money for extra goodies, so this would be a real treat for all three of us! And hey! It matches her nursery's theme.

    Bonus points to her Native American God-Mother who got her some moccasins. They would have so much fun hanging out in there together as well <3

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  35. My daughter would love a teepee!!!

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