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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Artisan Made Jewelry: My First Giveaway

Before our little Wee Nut was born with a Heart Defect, and before the economic Recession, I was a full time jeweler. Like every day to keep my sanity, obsessed, driven to create, gotta touch my beads and make something new, kind of full time jeweler. I did a few shows after Owee was born, and even won Second Place for Best in Show at our local Apple Days show that kicks off our Fall Foliage festival. By the time the Holiday shows rolled around the economy crashed so hard my head hurt from worry. The first big crash was right before Owee's 2nd surgery and I remember sitting in the PICU after his surgery and looking up at the news and thinking holy crap, did they just say the market fell 700 points(or what ever huge crazy number it was) And then I remember thinking this was gonna be a bad season for selling jewelry. And it was. Bummer.

I decided to take some time off from selling jewelry at markets and shows and focus on my freelance writing. William also needed me to be home with the kids on the weekends so that he could work on the addition. He always cherishes his alone time with the kids on Saturday mornings when I would go and do a local Farmers/Artisans market. I thought that by this summer I would be back into selling, because well, the addition would most likely be done by then and all of our appointments with Peds Cardiology would have slowed down by then. Except that summer is over, and the addition is not done, and oh yeah, we had another baby. So really I don't know when I am going to get back into vending my jewelry at shows again.

I have been trying to decide what kind of Giveaways to have, and I think a piece of my own jewelry is the perfect idea. I love making jewelry, really it is my passion, it is something that keeps me sane. It is something that I have not done on a regular basis since Wee Nut was born almost 17 months ago. So if I can't set up my table and sell my jewelry I might as well give it away, someone deserves to have it. My plan for now is to have one giveaway a month. I guess I will do this first one and see how it goes. I might stick with jewelry,or I might give away something else that I have to offer.

So here is my first give away. Since September is almost over, I will go into October a bit and say that it will run until October 10, 2009.

In honor of Autumn, I have chosen some great fall colors with Chinese Carnelian. This is not the actual necklace, this is a picture from my website of a necklace that I made years ago, but I still use the same sterling silver bali beads for this design. This necklace is 17.5 inches long and had a basic 8mm spring ring clasp. This is a piece that I made last year for the Holiday shows and it did not sell...because well, not much of anything was selling last year. It has been stored in my studio for almost a year, but it has been kept safe.



Here is what you have to do to enter, pick any or all of these ways to enter. After each entry leave a comment with your email address so that I can reach you if you win. Enter your email with this format thiscontestrocks[at]yahoo[dot]com so that it is not picked up by spammy robots. I moderate all comments to keep spammers away and so that I can keep track of who is visiting my site...and so I can visit you as well :)

1. Visit my jewelry website and tell me one other piece of jewelry that you would love to own. That will be worth 1 entry.

2. Vote for me at The Divine Caroline, this is worth 3 entries. Enter 3 different comments.

3. Follow me on this blog, that is worth 1 entry.

4. Follow me on Twitter, that is worth 1 entry.

5. Tweet about this contest and what the prize is with a link back to this post. You have to tweet, I want to win this Handcrafted Necklace by @LisaCurcio http://tinyurl.com/l8gtps and that is worth 1 entry. You can tweet as often as every 4 hours and you have to come back here and post a comment as soon as you tweet.

6. Do a write up on your blog about this contest and why you want to win it with a link to The Nut House. Leave a comment that says you blogged about it, and that is worth 3 entries. Enter 3 different comments.

This contest will close at Midnight on October 10, 2009 and the winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on here on October 11th. The winner will have 48 hours to get their mailing address to me so that I can ship it out. If I don't hear from the first winner within that time, I will choose another winner.

Good luck!



47 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh, I love the Green Dagger Hoop earrings!
Very pretty jewelry.

(We have a lot in common, from 1 girl and 4 boys, to homeschooling, to CHD and ADHD. Thanks for stopping by and entering my first giveaway!)

Lisa @
All That and a Box of Rocks

Lisa said...

I'm following your blog!

Lisalyn5(at)bellsouth(dot)com

Lisa said...

And I'm following on Twitter!

Lisa Curcio said...

Lisa,

We do have a lot in common. We even have our first givaway on the same day...and I think 1 of our kids share the same name.

Nice to meet you :)

Jamie H said...

Ooohhhh...pick me! You make AWESOME jewelry! I like that it's not too gawdy. Do I have to pick just one piece? I guess if it's just one it would have to be the Metallic Fairy Cluster Pendant.

Jamie H said...

Just became a follower!

Jamie H said...

I voted for you!

Jamie H said...

2nd for voting

You know, I'd grab your button to post on my blog but you don't have a code to grab...
http://cincinnatiwomenbloggers.com/2009/05/16/tutorial-creating-your-own-blog-button-w-code-box/
This link will help you make a code if you want :)

Jamie H said...

3rd for voting for you :)
Pick me! Pick me!

The Butler Family said...

I voted for you!

The Butler Family said...

2nd vote

The Butler Family said...

3rd vote

The Butler Family said...

I visited your site! I love the jewelry! Especially the Shades of Green Memory Wire Bracelet! Love the colors!

The Butler Family said...

I'm following your blog!

jbutler_79(at)yahoo(dot)com

The Butler Family said...

Following your on Twitter!

The Butler Family said...

Tweet'd about the contest!

The Butler Family said...

Posted a blog =)

jbutler_79(at)yahoo(dot)com

The Butler Family said...

2nd comment to post a blog

jbutler_79(at)yahoo(dot)com

The Butler Family said...

3rd comment to posting a blog

jbutler_79(at)yahoo(dot)com

Christy said...

This is beautiful! Congrats on your new endeavors! :)

Sandy Hop said...

My favorite is really the necklace you have listed above. It's super cute.

Sandy Hop said...

and I'm a follower now! You can check out my blog at http://thehopfamily.blogspot.com I'd love to have you on my blog followers too!

Sandy Hop said...

I voted for you too! I had to register and everything....just for you!

Emily said...

Just ONE piece I would love to have? Holy cow. I do love the chunky East Indian glass necklaces. Though the fairy clusters are mighty pretty too.

Emily said...

I'm following!

The Butler Family said...

Tweet'd about the giveaway!

jbutler_79(at)yahoo(dot)com

Emily said...

Blogged it: http://tennilltimes.blogspot.com/2009/09/another-give-away.html

Emily said...

Blogged it, comment #2

Emily said...

Blogged it comment #3

Emily said...

Voted for you at Divine Caroline too!

Emily said...

DC vote comment #2

Emily said...

DC vote comment #3. And now I need a nap...

Janet said...

How do you choose just ONE? :-) Guess I would choose the Lace Wing Faery's Midnight Flight necklace (and just about any of your earrings!). Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful necklace. Will you be at Apple Days this year? Beautiful jewelry! Janet Keicher jlkeicher@stjohnevan.com

Lisa Curcio said...

Janet,

I am not doing Apple Days this year :( Things are too hectic for us right now and it is not working out for me to get organized enough to do any vending this year. When our addition is done though, I will be back to vending just about every weekend :)

Anonymous said...

Voted for your blog on Divine Caroline. Love the Tigers Eye Dangles. Working on the twitter thing-never signed up yet. LOL. But will work on it. Also, still haven't done a blog yet! Can't believe it. But am following! taureandreamer77@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Ok set up twitter and followed. Will blog later. (taureandreamer77@yahoo)

Aimee said...

I'd love to own the Moonbeams necklace from the Gaiasjewelry store. I make moonstone jewelry myself and it's my favorite semi-precious gem. I've never seen such pretty oval-shaped beads before now.

I love the East Indian Glass Memory Wire Bracelet too because I'm a big bracelet fan, but I prefer to wear gems and not glass for personal reasons.

The necklace in the contest is one of the most beautiful. You've got great talent at putting colors and gems together. :)

ellavemia[at]yahoo[dot]com

Aimee said...

I'm also following you on Twitter, and I have Tweeted your message!

Angela said...

It wouldn't let me vote a second time for you at The Divine Caroline. I had already voted for your blog!

I love the Persephones Pentacle on your website.

I bookmarked your site so I can remember to read more often.

I'm following you on Twitter.

I just tweeted!

angewl_73{at}yahoo{dot}com

Angela said...

This is the second message to say I Tweeted your message!

angewl_73{at}yahoo{dot}com


Angela

Angela said...

This is the third and last one saying I tweeted your message!

angewl_73{at}yahoo{dot}com

Angela from Waynesboro (WPLH)

Anonymous said...

mommy2jacobk[at]aol(dot)com

The piece you make that I love is the Celtic Knot by Echo & Wild (the purple one) is beautiful!

Aurora said...

mommy2jacobk[at]aol(dot)com voted for you at Divine Caroline.

Aurora said...

mommy2jacobk[at]aol(dot)com voted for you at Divine Caroline.

Aurora said...

mommy2jacobk[at]aol(dot)com voted for you at Divine Caroline.

Aurora said...

mommy2jacobk[at]aol(dot)com is also now following on here.

newmami_rgv said...

Here my first entry at ur first giveaway!
I love the Pale Champagne Pearls, but everything is adorable.

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