Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ashley Gabby Review & TWO Giveaways

I am especially grateful today for the opportunity to share with you a very special Etsy shop, Ashley Gabby Designs!

Darlyn is the incredible owner and designer of this sweet shop, as well as the mother to an amazing daughter, who is the inspiration behind her shop and all it's creations.

"I love being creative, am crazy about my daughter and have recently married the man I've been waiting for all these years. I left the corporate world as a Director and Operations Manager to take care of my daughter with special needs. I started AshleyGabby Designs in April 2013 in order to fulfill my desire to be a part of the business world while still being able to work from home.

When thinking about starting AshleyGabby Designs, I wanted to dedicate the business in some way to my daughter and all other children with life threatening illnesses. I am currently setting my business up to donate a percentage of all children’s play tent profits to Give Kids The World Village, which will in turn benefit other children and raise awareness. I wanted to make a product that allows kids to be kids, where they can create, forget and get lost in play for a little while. Even the custom jewellery I make can include awareness ribbons or autism puzzle pieces stamped in sterling silver.

Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions such as Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. Here, children and their families are treated to week long, cost-free fantasy vacations, complete with accommodations in whimsical villas, transportation, donated attraction tickets, meals, and much more. At the Village, these children learn that dreams really do come true as they and their families are immersed in joy, love, and hope for a few unforgettably happy days. Since 1986, Give Kids The World has hosted more than 120,000 families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

The business name AshleyGabby Designs was also inspired by my daughter Stephanie. She had two dolls, one named Ashley, one named Gabby. True to who she is, she would call each of them “AshleyGabby”. Whenever she asked for "AshleyGabby" it was a guarantee that I never brought her the right one first! The name and it's charm has always stuck with me." 

~ Darlyn

Darlyn offers adorable handmade children's play tents that can be custom made especially for your littles.  

They are perfect for the basement, bedroom or some backyard shade play.  

They are made from 70oz. 100% durable canvas!  The wooden dowel poles are not included (for shipping purposes), but can easily be found at your local hardware or lumber store.

The tent measures 54" wide and 60" high when assembled.  

You can choose from a simple design on your play tent, some can even feature windows, or you can go all out and have Darlyn add your favorite colors, your child's name or some pretty amazing features like the one below.

This is such an adorable tent for a little girl - I just can't get enough of the pretty fabrics, the little bunting over the entrance and the sweet matching pillows with padded mat.

Fabric Buntings 
In addition to the sweet play tents, Darlyn offers a collection of fabric banners, as well.  You can choose from the pendant style or the fun fabric rag bunting.  You also have the option of coordinating colors to match your play tent to add that special feature to your child's space.

Darlyn was extremely generous to send Alexa and Lillian their very own play tent from her collection.  

I wish I had a video recording of their reactions to this beautiful piece when we got it set up.  It was just priceless.  They were so happy to have this little 'fort' to call their own and have their own special secret space for quiet time or imaginative play.  

My girls love creating little forts in their room with blankets on their bunk bed, but this allows them to have a special space that doesn't need to be taken down.  However, if you do need to take it down for space it easily folds up and can be stood in a corner out of the way.  

We purchased our poles at Menards for $2.50 a pole.  They aren't Darlyn's recommended sizes, but they didn't have any in stock that were 72" long, so we choose a thinner dowel and a little bit longer pole in length and they work just fine.  I would still prefer the 'wooden' look and will be able to get them custom cut from either Home Depot or Menards.  

I love the quality of the canvas and the sweet little pink flower design is too cute and perfect for my girls.  This tent will last through many play time adventures and make-believe.

Darlyn not only offers such sweet imaginative tents, but also a beautiful collection of jewelry.

She sent me this lovely silver circle charm with my girls' names on it and a smaller separate charm with a heart.  I adore this piece and treasure it's specialness - I can't help but feel an attachment to my girls while they're away at school when I have their sweet names wrapped around my neck and close to my heart.

Mom Necklace

Ashley Gabby Jewelry

Ashley Gabby Designs :: Etsy :: Facebook

Darlyn is so sweet to offer not one but TWO giveaways today!

#1 ::  $40 GC to spend as you wish in her sweet shop.

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

#2 :: Custom made silver hand stamped necklace


  1. So sweet!

  2. I love the tents too!

  3. So darling! I have 5 girls that would love that tent! I love the necklaces.

  4. Ashley...What a beautiful shop! The tents are absolutely amazing!! and so is your personalized jewelry.
    I love this nature tent with the fawn.

  5. What a lovely artist and fantastic designs, thank you for the chance to win.

  6. The tents are really cute, I love this necklace!!

  7. Love these necklaces.

  8. Love these necklaces.


  10. Love the tents!


  12. LOVE LOVE!!! Kinda too pricey for me but i love it!

  13. And I LOVE this:

  14. Oh wow, so awesome! Love this tent!

  15. And I love this necklace!

  16. Love love love this tent! I could see my 5 year old hanging out in there and reading for hours!

  17. rag tie garland is so pretty! id do a customized one for my daughters room
    the tents are also crazy beautiful! the polka dot one you featured on your blog is my favorite!

  18. Hard to choose!! Love the necklaces

  19. Love this necklace!

  20. my daughter would love this!

  21. Love these colors

  22. I need this!! I love the tents as well!