Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Anniversary and my biggest Giveaway!


This November marks four (4) years since I have opened up an online shop.  Do you sell your jewelry online as well?  Was it as scary for you as it was for me?  Did you drag your feet....like I did?!

So much has happened in these past four years.  I have gone from simply stringing jewelry, to LOTS of wire wrapping, and I now incorporate metalsmithing into many of my designs.  My love of artbeads has only grown deeper, and I will never tire of gemstones! I still enjoy doing this gig - so I am going to "keep on keeping on".  The greatest pleasure I have is the ability to donate my proceeds to charity - Miracle Horse Rescue.  So, I am truly grateful for every single sale!

Just to show you all how grateful I am to continue on this path, I have come up with a few items to giveaway.

First up, I FINALLY use this mixed metal cone I made a while ago - AND - I paired it with an amazingly drop dead gorgeous lampwork bead by Sarah Moran of ZBeads.  I dug through my stash and found a beautiful, coordinating "sugared" lampwork bead by Susan Kennedy of SueBeads, added some fringe in the form of copper chain with sterling silver beads, and an 18" sterling silver rope chain...It was done!






I couldn't stop at the necklace, so I made a pair of mixed metal earrings - again, using pretty lampwork beads by Susan Kennedy.  The earrings hang on hand forged, sterling silver ear wires.



I thought...necklace, earrings...you have to add bracelets...so I did!  Two bangles, forged, soldered from 10 gauge solid copper and solid sterling silver - textured, of course - and shaped into a slight oval.



I did not stop there either!  I have been making lots of tiny posts lately, so I paired these little gems with gorgeous lampwork by Maryse of GlassBeadArt.  These clear beads remind me of Winter Ice - - and, they are made from recycled glass!  In fact, almost the entire earring is recycled (except for the posts, which I purchased).  I melted down the silver, flattened the tiny little balls into discs, stamped, added a "bail" from sterling wire...and tada!


Absolutely terrible pictures - these look so awesome in person, as the bead shape is very unique!



While the earrings were in the tumbler for their final polish, I was perusing the latest issue of WireWork Magazine and came across a very simple tutorial to make a ring in 5 steps.  (Original design by Gabby Guest).  I changed the design up just a bit - I added some coiling to strengthen the shank, and multiple coils in the center of the bead.  This simple little ring, with a gorgeous lampwork flower disc by Susan Kennedy - is so comfortable - and so CUTE!







So there you have it - the goods for the Giveaway - all for one winner!


Some for the winner to keep for themselves, perhaps to give as a gift to a friend or loved one (I think there is a big holiday coming up next month...).

How to Enter

What do you need to do the win the whole thing?  (I will ship international - in case there is a question!)

1) Leave a comment on this blog post - PLEASE BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU! (Sorry for the yelling in All Caps...but...it needed to be said!)

2)  For a second chance to win, Share my blogpost link on Facebook, then come back to this blog post and leave a second comment, advising me that you shared! 

That's it!  I will pick a winner in a week or so!

Many thanks for hanging in there until the end of this long post! I am grateful to every person who has ever stopped by, and left a comment...or not!  So, thank you for stopping by today...here is to four more years?!

xo
Patti


52 comments:

  1. THESE are amazing. Of course you know already how much I love your work, and that bead -- pangs in my heart, LOL! You really do know your stuff.

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  2. And just tagged you and posted on Facebook!

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  3. I've loved watching the direction you artwork has taken!! These are gorgeous as usual!

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  4. These are just fantastic, Patti! You are the most generous person and just a great artist!

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  5. Your jewelry is gorgeous. Whoever wins certainly has hit the jackpot!

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  6. Shared on Facebook. Email, alliaks@verizon.net.

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  7. So so so beautiful - I would love to win! beadsforbusygals @ gmail . com

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  8. So generous! Stunning work.
    ferrarioriginalbeads@yahoo.com

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  9. Posted on my Beads For Busy Gals Facebook page :-)

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  10. Gorgeous. Glad to know that I am not the only one who procrastinated. Congrats on 4 years. carlafrycreations@gmail.com

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  11. Posted on FB only the link got pasted.

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  12. Patti - I can't believe it has been 4 yrs!!. I remember meeting you in Stacie Florer's bracelet class at Art Bliss and then getting to know you better the next year there. It has been wonderful watching your work evolve. You have become a real metal smith and I love your generous spirit donating your profits to Miracle Rescue. Can't wait to see where you go next.

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  13. Gorgeous AND generous!!!! wildaymer@yahoo.com

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  14. Gorgeous pieces! Love your work, you are awesome! Joann@soapboxhawaii.com

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  15. Very nice work! I love that. You work in different types of metal. And the orange beads are wonderful. Annrishell@gmail.com

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  16. All the pieces are wonderful. As s big fan of mixed metals and art beads, the necklace and coordinating earrings are especially appealing. Excellent work! I wish you much continued success and happiness. John Robinson, superjmart@gmail.com

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  17. So beautiful, I am truly amazed
    Kepi.rasmussen@gmail.com

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  18. What a sweet, generous idea! I admire your craftsmanship so much---you make it seem so effortless. Everything is so lovely---thanks for such a wonderful chance to win these beautiful pieces. lecarling@verizon.net

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  19. Absolutely breathtaking designs, Patti. I love everything you make. You have a great eye for what works and your wire and metal work is perfectly done. When I want to see how it's done I always look at your jewelry. Thanks for the giveaway. Wirednan13(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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  20. Love these pieces!! (kf.ahlskog@gmail.com)

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  21. So beautiful and my favorite color! You always do such a wonderful job and your designs are perfect.
    Mary maryredman144@gmail.com

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  22. Wow! Gorgeous jewelry and such a generous prize! Love seeing the jewelry you create.

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  23. Lovely pieces Patti. I've been following Love My Art Jewelry for awhile now. Pleased to have "met you" through that blog.
    Mona bijouxgemsjoy@gmail.com

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  24. I shared your post on Facebook. Hope you get lots of new followers. And customers!

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  25. Wow, what a generous giveaway! Each and every piece is fabulous. Your work is gorgeous. Thank you. You can contact me here: http://www.ivethcaruso.com/email-us

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  26. Congratulations on reaching such a milestone Patti, and I've really enjoyed watching you grow as a jewellery designer through your blog! Hopefully I can follow in your footsteps! (my email is melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  28. You know that I appreciate your work with jewelry, both because it is so joyful to watch and it feels great to use. (I love my neclace!) I also think it is so nice to read your blog, although I do not always write a comment. Today I do it and I think that you are so generous with this Giveaway, there are so many things one can win! I also appreciate that it is recycled material and that you are also using recycled glass. And, you can donate your Proceeds to charity - Miracle Horse Rescue, it's a good thing! Thank you for your jewelery and everything that you share with us!

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  29. Love them, love your charity. Glad Lori shared on FB!

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  30. Beautiful work! Always read your blog.
    Shelley Katsh

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  31. So pretty! You KNOW I'm a big fan!

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  32. Shared on facebook too (oh, and my email is ss10001 at hotmail)

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  33. Adding Autumn Nicole to list (unable to comment!)

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  34. Adding Autumn Nicole's FB share (unable to register her comment via blogger)

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  35. Looks like you have lots of people jumping in here for a chance to win! I just wanted to let you know that (as always) they are all just beautiful! How generous of you to be doing such a huge give away! Best of luck to everyone!

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  36. I was just thinking it was time to buy some jewelry and I'm never disappointed! Love all your work Patti!!
    jamymcgrath@gmail.com

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  37. I absolutely love your metal work and admire your generosity with Miracle Horse Rescue...and with this give-away, too. Good luck to all who enter!
    beachbum309@gmail.com Karen

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  38. I can't believe you have only been doing this jewelry making for 4 years. Your talent shows through your amazing work. Thank you for the chance to win some of your jewelry!
    mccabedenise@yahoo.com

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  39. I have watched your art progress over the years and your love for it shows in every piece. I get compliments on every piece I own (especially the bracelet). The proceeds going to Miracle Horse Rescue makes it even better. Keep on with your passion. It makes you happy and all who own it happy as well.
    gowithdonnie@yahoo.com

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  40. Shared gladly. Not for winning but because it should be shared.

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  41. Your work is totally amazing and I would wear it proudly. mldebold@aol.com

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  42. Your work is totally amazing and I would wear it proudly. mldebold@aol.com

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  43. Liked, shared on Facebook, keeping my fingers crossed.

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  44. Not only are you an incredibly talented jewelry artist (I have always admired all of your work), but you are also kind and generous. From your donations to this giveaway, you are an inspiration. And to think you are this skilled a jeweler after only 4 years. Bravo, Patti. You rock! ~ Cindy
    martinshaw@comcast.net

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  45. Beautiful work!!! amclements54@yahoo.com

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  46. Wow! This is not only generous of you, but I LOVE these designs. That necklace is so lovely.

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