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01 Feb, 2014

Ottawa giveaway alert! Valentine loveliness from the Village Quire

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

Helloooo Fishies.

I am very happy to be posting about this sweet little giveaway today, for two reasons. (1) I secretly love Valentine’s Day. Pink puffy hearts! Love! Chocolate! Cupids shooting arrows into unsuspecting victims! (2) It’s from Fishbowl patron, the Village Quire, and there’s a special place in my heart for this little store in Westboro.

There’s so much to love here. And look how pretty it looks right now:


As many of you may already you know, the girls have spent our fair share of Valentine’s Days making our own cards. And when we didn’t make our cards we chose valentines with cute illustrations that spoke to us in some way.

Without revealing any card-related snobbery with which I may be afflicted, it needs to be said that the Valentines at the Village Quire are charming and lovely, and there’s a great selection for school age kids. I’m smitten with the Valentines by Meri Meri and by Peaceable Kingdom: scratch n’ sniff, jokes and tattoos… there’s lots of kid-appeal for girls AND boys.

Good news! The Village Quire is giving Fishbowl readers a chance to win some really sweet Valentines. The winner gets to pick which package they’d like.

Option 1: Meri Meri swashbuckling themed cards. There are 20 per pack with one for the teacher. Each card comes with a co-ordinating temporary tattoo and a gold foil envelope.


Option 2: These adorable hamster scratch & sniff Valentines by Peaceable Kingdom. This package of 30 cards (6 different designs) comes with a sheet of 50 grape-scented stickers that can be affixed on the card.



Would you like to win one of these? It’s easy.

  • In order for your entry to qualify, please leave a comment below and tell me which package you’d like to win. That’s it. If your name is chosen you will win the package you mentioned in your comment.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will draw one name using Random.org at noon EST on February 8, 2014. I’ll contact the winner via email, who will have to pick up their chosen prize at The Village Quire (312 Richmond Rd, Ottawa) in a timely manner.
  • The Village Quire is on Facebook. Liking their page is not a requirement of this giveaway but it’s a great way of keeping up with news, local events, and 411 about other local businesses.

That’s it. Over to you. Good luck!


41 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert! Valentine loveliness from the Village Quire"

1 | Joy M.

February 1st, 2014 at 8:44 am


Yikes – hard choice! I think the pirate Valentines RRRRR….. pretty cute though! Those!

2 | Jocelyn

February 1st, 2014 at 8:45 am


Wow, these cards are absolutey adorable. But the sailor theme grabbed my eye??! It would make my day to win that!

3 | Judy

February 1st, 2014 at 9:56 am


Definitely the pirates…. My SK boy would love it!

4 | Colleen

February 1st, 2014 at 10:11 am


I’m going to have to agree with the crowd, those Pirate cards are a winner. What kid wouldn’t go for a tattoo?

5 | Elizabeth

February 1st, 2014 at 10:48 am


Ooh, difficult choice! But my daughter would love the hamster Valentines, so that’s my pick. How fun!

6 | Nikki

February 1st, 2014 at 3:09 pm


My little JK student would love those hamster cards!

7 | Sonya

February 1st, 2014 at 7:46 pm


My daughter would love the Hamsters!

8 | Sarah

February 1st, 2014 at 10:30 pm


The scratch and sniff!

9 | Amanda

February 2nd, 2014 at 6:46 am


My kids would totally love the scratch and sniff!

10 | jen

February 2nd, 2014 at 8:17 am


it is a super lovely shop!

we’d love the swashbuckling cards i think

thanks for the chance!

11 | Ange

February 2nd, 2014 at 9:03 am


Those pirate ones are adorable! If I won, I would totally choose those!

12 | Aunt Pat

February 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 am


I love the Village Quire. My choice … the pirate theme. If I win please donate to deserving child in your community. .

13 | EmmyB

February 2nd, 2014 at 10:29 am


Hard choice, but hamsters, I think!

14 | wendy

February 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 am


They are both so cute …but me thinks the pirate theme;-)
Thank you!

15 | Pearl

February 2nd, 2014 at 1:38 pm


ahoy, I didn’t know that store was there. I’ll have to check it out. and maybe win pirate valentines.

16 | Mel

February 3rd, 2014 at 8:58 am


my kids would love the scratch and sniff ones. thanks for the chance!

17 | Jenn

February 3rd, 2014 at 11:21 am


My daughter would just love the cute hamster ones!!

18 | Carolyn

February 3rd, 2014 at 11:37 am


The hamster ones for my JK son for sure!

19 | Sarah

February 3rd, 2014 at 4:48 pm


Hamsters please!

20 | Elnaz S

February 3rd, 2014 at 9:07 pm


I’d love the swashbuckling themed cards – too cute!

21 | jason

February 4th, 2014 at 9:46 am


Who amongst the kinder/young elementary crowd doesn’t like a hamster?

22 | Mary @ Parenthood

February 4th, 2014 at 2:28 pm


Hamsters! Those are adorable!

23 | Cath

February 5th, 2014 at 10:09 am


Cute! my littles would love those hamsters – thanks!

24 | Georgina

February 5th, 2014 at 2:33 pm


They are both so cute! But I think my favourite is the hamsters…

25 | HollyStar

February 5th, 2014 at 9:33 pm


They are both awesome. Who knew that the Village Quire stocked kids’ valentines? Love, love, love the store. I think the Pirates with the tattoos would be great at our house.

26 | John

February 6th, 2014 at 11:05 am


For me the Pirate cards as there are exactly 20 kids in my son’s kindergarten class.

27 | Bonnie

February 7th, 2014 at 11:26 am


While the hamster ones are cute I think the Pirate ones would be a hit at my daughter’s daycare!

28 | Stephanie

February 7th, 2014 at 11:31 am


Scratch and sniff please!

29 | lisa

February 7th, 2014 at 11:31 am


Hamsters for my girl, for sure. What a refreshing change from the branded variety!

30 | Jan

February 7th, 2014 at 11:44 am


Love the hamster ones! Very cute!

31 | gemma@thesweetestdigs

February 7th, 2014 at 11:48 am


Love those pirate cards! These would be great!!

32 | Catherine

February 7th, 2014 at 11:54 am


My daughter would love the hamster ones!

33 | Mimi Golding

February 7th, 2014 at 12:12 pm


I’m going with the scratch and sniffs ’cause Fridays, in our house anyway, are known as the days that scratch and sniff is ok …. yes there is a back story to that … you’ll have to message me if you need to know.

34 | Chrissy

February 7th, 2014 at 12:29 pm


The pirates! Such a cool looking store. :)

35 | Marielle

February 7th, 2014 at 1:16 pm


They are both super cute, but I think my 5 year old would prefer the hamsters. Great idea as to where to shop for valentines!

36 | Valerie

February 7th, 2014 at 6:17 pm


Normally I’d go for pirates, but those hamsters are adorable! And Sammy has 26 kids in the class, so it would be a better fit that way, too.

37 | Jacquie

February 7th, 2014 at 8:38 pm


Scratch and sniff!

38 | Shakira

February 7th, 2014 at 10:06 pm


Pirates would be my choice. My crafty daughter has already made her class bookmark Valentines but her not-so-crafty twin brother would definitely make good use of these!!

39 | Shawna

February 8th, 2014 at 8:18 am


Ooo, the hamsters are adorable!

40 | andrea

February 8th, 2014 at 6:00 pm


Comments are closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the winner!

41 | andrea tomkins

February 9th, 2014 at 10:28 am


We have a winner! It’s commenter #23 – Cath – who wrote:

“Cute! my littles would love those hamsters – thanks!”

Congratulations Cath! I’m sending you an email right now. :)

A big thank you to the Village Quire for hosting this sweet giveaway too!

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