GIVEAWAY and FREE SHIPPING! Merry Christmas and Thank you!

A giveaway is long, long overdue!  I said I’d do one to mark reaching 200 likers on Facebook and I’m nearly at 300 now.  So, to thank you Facebook followers and to spread a bit of Christmas cheer, I’m going to give away this bracelet which featured in the Christmas issue of Beads and Beyond.snowbound

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All you need to do is leave a comment on this post.  It would be great if you could spread the word about this giveaway, so if you share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., please leave extra comments saying where you’ve shared and you’ll have a greater chance of winning!  The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday evening and I’ll get the bracelet in the post so that, if you’re in the UK, you’ll have it in time for Christmas.  If you’re not in the UK you can, of course, still enter – it’s just unlikely that the bracelet will be with you before Christmas!

Huge thanks again to everyone who has supported both my shops in the last year.  When I get to 300 likes on Facebook I’ll do another giveaway – and I’ll make sure I do it more promptly next time!

The other piece of news I have to share is that I’m offering free shipping this week up to midday on 19th December, the last post day for Christmas delivery.  Just enter the code FREESHIP when you check out.  Click here to head to the shop!  This offer is available to UK and overseas customers.  Your orders will be sent either by UK 1st Class or standard Airmail.

Thanks again!

Fade away and Giveaway

I’ve been wondering over the last few days, how many folk share my enthusiasm for what I started off on Sunday, terming ‘barely there’ colours.  ‘Barely there’ doesn’t really meet it.  To be more precise, it’s more faded cool tones, with some warmer touches.  The bracelet currently on my page header serves as some example, as do these photos by Stephane Couturier, that I came across recently.

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http://www.stephanecouturier.fr/couturier/accueil.html

Looking at them, I’m drawn back to the phrase ‘barely there’, perhaps it is closer to the mark, thinking about it.  I was asking myself whether I was alone in this liking, when making this bracelet at the weekend.   There was quite a bit of umm-ing and ahh-ing.

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I made another this morning.  I got some kyanite a couple of days ago and when this  blue poppy turned up this morning, they had to go together.

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The poppy was made by Elise Canning.  I got a number of flowers from her and they’re all wonderful.  I’m not always a fan of polymer flowers – I find some a little sugary – but these ones are beauties.  It was only after I’d made both bracelets that I realised they both had flowers in them.  While it wasn’t planned, it seems quite fitting that there should be a little something blossoming away quietly there.

The other flower is one of Rebekah Payne’s (Tree Wings Studio).  It arrived a few days ago with a lovely set that I won in a giveaway on her blog.  I’ve won a couple of blog giveaways recently and I’m always stupidly chuffed.  One of my other wins was in Rebecca Anderson’s (Songbead) pay-it-forward draw.  There’s some extra fun elements in the PIF giveaway; one of them being that winners, in turn, ‘pay-it-forward’ and run their own giveaway.  So, that’s what I’m doing here. It’s very easy to take part.  All you need to do is comment on this post, leaving a contact email.  The first three people to comment will each win a little handmade surprise from me, simple as that.  I will also pick another two commenters, at random, and they will win gifts too.  For added fun, your mystery gift will be sent on a mystery date some time in the next 365 days.  And as I haven’t included any bead pictures on my blog yet, now seems a good time to do so!  Although, that’s not to say you’ll win one of these…

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Of course, if you win you have to run your own PIF giveaway.  You do, however, have 365 days in which to do it.  And it doesn’t have to be beads or jewellery that you give; so long as it’s handmade and something you’d be happy to receive yourself, that’ll do sweet.  Please make sure that you leave a contact email address with your comment.  If I can’t contact you, I can’t count you in.  The competition will close in a week’s time (23rd January).  I’ll then contact the winners to get your postage addresses and check a few basic details – metal allergies, colour phobias, that sort of thing.  You’ll then be scheduled to receive something lovely sometime in the next year.  Fab, eh?