Win An Exclusive Shirt! [closed]

T post tees
Why yes, that is Che Guevara’s image depicted in toilet rolls

A few weeks ago I was contacted by T-post asking if I’d like one of their shirts. I took a look at their site, and discovered that their shirts aren’t like normal tees. They’re also micro magazines!

Printed inside each tee is an article that reflects both a current news piece, and the state of the world. The issues I have to give away are “Negotiating a War” this article is about music file sharing and the charges RIAA are claiming from small time downloaders; the other is “Spare a Square” which talks about Cuba’s current toilet paper crisis, they’re running out of it quickly! Alongside the article is a column about the tee designer.

T post articles

T Post is a unique idea. You subscribe like you would to a magazine, receiving a new issue every 6 weeks and not knowing what will be inside till it arrives. Each shirt is exclusive, print runs are limited to the current number of subscribers and back issues cannot be ordered.

I’m extremely fussy when it comes to tees and I’m a good little bogan who only strays from black for special occasions. For this reason alone I turned down the offer of a free shirt and instead asked if I could give one away. Lucky for you they sent two.
Both shirts are womens medium. If that’s not your size don’t forget the other t shirt lovers in your life, you could score a unique xmas present for free!

If you’d like to win these shirts simply leave a comment letting me know. For extra entries tweet (include @msconstantine so I see it) or blog about the giveaway.

You have until the 20th of November.

Is there a question you’ve always wanted answered by an impartial male? I have one of those available for you! Submit your question (anonymously or leave your details) and The Boy will do his best to give his advice or opinion. Ask him about love, fashion, or what that seemingly snide comment really means.

Pass the Parcel Giveaway [Closed]


My name was drawn from a hat for a giveaway that the lovely Charlie of I’m a Bit of a Geek ran. It’s a giveaway that keeps on going, a kind of pay it forward affair.

In the spirit of surprise you don’t get to know what’s in the package until you win.
The winner receives the package, takes from it whatever they like, and then puts more stuff back in. Then they run the giveaway on their own blog and so it continues. Forever.

At the moment the package is quite large because it contains both clothing and accessories, so if someone outside of New Zealand or Australia wins I might split the package or hold back some of the bulkier items.

All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know you’d like to carry this on. The winner will be announced next Tuesday the 27th and then I’ll be giving away a couple of t shirts! :D

C² Necklace Winners

You’re all winners. Unfortunately my empire building is not yet complete so my funds don’t stretch far enough to send something to every fabulous blogger and internet friend I come across. But a couple of lovely ladies will be getting something!


First off the amazing Sarah Hannah wins the randomly generated draw. Sarah Hannah said she’d like one of three choices “‘everything was beautiful and nothing hurt”, “death wears diamond jewellery”, or “team bubble”.

random number generator cupcakes and mace winner

Secondly we’d like to give a necklace to the ever stylish Ela for coming up with a fancy name to call these square boxes. We love C² (C squared), so thank you!

I’ve also contacted a fellow blogger about using her suggestion in the shop. If she decides to let us use her words we’ll let you know.

Send an email to [kim at cupcakesandmace (dot) com] letting me know what you want your necklace to say; which colour acrylic and chain you like; and if you have a sketch or some instructions on how you want the words set, which words should be bigger, smaller, on each line etc include that too. I’ll also need your addresses.

Secret Deals

We’re going to be offering create your own C² necklaces in the etsy shop, they’ll be $30 each, slightly more than the nameplate necklaces because there will be quite a bit more work involved. However, if you’d like to get your hands on one created especially for you before they’re even an option in the shop you’re going to get it for $20. Yep, early aaaaaaaaand a third off. This is for my readers only, and is available until the end of October.

Your necklace can say what ever you like. It can be cut in any of the colours we have. And you can either send us a sketch to give us an idea of how you want it to look or you can leave the design up to us. Send me an email referencing the secret blog deals and I’ll know what you’re talking about.

Photos of the winning C² necklaces will be posted when they’re ready.

Happy Birthday Cupcakes and Mace (COMPETITION!!) [closed]

It’s a very exciting day in the Cupcake Factory as one year ago was born.
“But posts in your archive go back to March 2008” I hear you cry. And yes, you are right. When this blogging thing started for me I went through a few names before I decided I wanted to take blogging a more seriously and register a domain.

Life has changed a lot since then. I’m self employed now, blogging, thinking up pretties, and interacting with customers on a daily basis. I really appreciate everyone who has joined me along the way. Thanks to you I have no plans to give this thing up.

To say thank you and to celebrate this milestone I’m giving you the present! We’ve started designing necklace squares with helvetica text. I have no idea what to call them collectively, so feel free to help me out.

The Rules

All you have to do is comment and let me know what you’d like your square to say if you win. It can say anything at all. Easy as.

The winner will be picked by a random name draw, but if we really like your idea there might be a prize heading your way too.

And as per usual if you’d like extra entries post a link from your blog to the comp or tweet about it.

You have a week. I’ll draw the winner next weekend on the 3rd of October. And then it’ll be your turn to send me the presents as it’s my birthday on the 9th of October. :D

Nameplate Competition Winner

Somehow I decided that making my first bloggy video would be a good way to announce the winner of the nameplate necklace competition despite being a terrible actress, having no idea how to edit video, and never having made one before. Once I got started though I was determined to finish.
So here it is, atmospheric feedback and all. Please go easy on me.

I thought Sarah-Rose was very right when she said that font 5 would look adorable as a sweary word so I got it cut last night. I’m wearing it in the video and below.

Just as I finished recording the courier came with a package for me from Pakistan. It was all wrapped in cloth and I was a bit scared of it till I remembered my glasses were coming from Pakistan!
They are amazing for $26 NZD delivered! The right eye feels slightly blurred My ears are wonky so the right eye doesn’t line up properly all the time and is a teensy bit less clear, but I can still see great in them, they look cool and they even came with a hard case and cloth. Woop, will definitely be buying glasses online again.

New $26 glasses

Now I’m off to see Harry Potter. :D

O and please don’t name the winner in the comments so it’s a surprise.

Drum Roll Please…


Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Cupcakes and Mace jewellery competition and gave me some feedback in the process.
Lucky basket

Two names were picked out of the basket by the boy for first and second prizes. And the winners are:

Bridey Send me an email with your colour choices for the ring, pendant and chain, plus your ring size and address.
Send me an email letting me know if you would like a ring or a pendant and your colour choice, with your address.

Yay :D

Competition – Win Cupcakes and Mace Jewellery

Observant followers of Cupcakes and Mace may have noticed some Etsy advertising that popped up on the sidebar in the last couple of weeks.

Well, it is my very own work! The jewellery pieces I have been promising for a while now have been getting created and listed, it’s all still in the early stages but I’m very excited about it.

Now our laser cutter is working I can offer nameplate necklaces for USD $25 + shipping, cute laser cut pendants, and my usual array of crocheted and knitted wire bracelets, beaded necklaces and earrings and any other whimsy I imagine.
Any questions or requests can be emailed to me or you can leave a comment.

I have a competition for all of you! The main prize will be your very own Cupcakes and Mace ring and pendant set in your choice of colour. Depending on the number of entries I receive there may be a couple of runners up prizes too.

How to enter:

  • For one entry – Go to the Cupcakes and Mace Etsy shop and take a look. Let me know what you like, or what else you would like to see in a comment.
  • For an extra two entries – Write about the Cupcakes and Mace blog or Etsy shop on your own blog and come back to let me know. You could tell me what you like in your next Things I Love Thursday post and then leave me the link in a comment and get all three entries!

It’s time for all you lurkers to come out of hiding (and I know there’s quite a number of you), and win something for yourself or the one you love. :D

The winner will be drawn randomly on the 21st of March.

Can’t wait? Email me at kim at cupcakesandmace dot com or send me a convo in Etsy and I’ll set up a reserved order just for you at 20% off. Woo-woop.