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Handmade Crochet Bag Giveaway – Winner’s Choice

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While you’re here, make sure to check out these awesome handmade and vintage galleries!

I’m giving away ONE handmade crochet handbag – winner’s choice! #1 Watermelon – so cute for the summer! Measurements: sitting, 10 inches tall; 14.5 inches wide; bag body, 10 inches tall; flattened with handles, 12.5 inches tall. #2 Purple – measurements: sitting 8 inches (without handle included in measurement); bag body 10.5 inches tall; 13 inches wide; flattened with handles, 17 inches tall. Unfortunately, the close up picture shows the fabric as more red, but it’s more purple, as it is in the other photos. #3 Yellow – measurements: bag body, 11 inches tall; 16.5 inches wide; flattened with handles, 13 inches tall; sitting, 10.5 inches tall. All measurements are approximate.

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Giveaway is open to the United States and Canada due to postage costs. Giveaway will end June 8, 2014, at 11:59 pm, Eastern US time.

Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Must be 18+ to enter. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is between $20 to $30, depending upon winner’s choice. Rafflecopter will choose the winner by random. The winner has four days to email me at screamingsardine ~at~ yahoo ~dot~ com to claim the prize. If the four days has passed, and I haven’t heard from the winner, I will randomly choose a different winner.

I also sell my rag crochet purses in my Etsy shop.

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May 31st, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Giani Kit Giveaway Winner

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The winner of the Giani Kit is Jen from Hutchinson Herd. Congrats, Jen! Thanks to all of you who entered. I’ll soon be revealing my dining room table that I used the Giani kit on. I just have to wait for a sunny enough day to get the best lighting. :)

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January 29th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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Giani Granite Counter Top Kit Giveaway

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I first came across Giani Granite through a giveaway at Stay at Home Nation two or three months ago. I was amazed at the results, especially since I LOVE textures. So I contacted Giani, and they were more than happy to send me a kit to review and to giveaway.

Tomorrow, I’ll be unveiling a glass bottle art project I did using Giani, and the following weekend, I’ll show you my new faux granite dining room table top. Due to Giani’s best results being applied in a room that’s 72 degrees, I’ll be waiting until the weather warms up to do my kitchen counters. I’ll share it on my blog once I’ve completed it.

To enter to receive a full sized Giani countertop kit in your choice of available colors – there are six colors in all – leave a comment on this post. That’s all you need to do. :)

Giveaway is open to the 48 contiguous states only and will end January 28, 2012, 11:59 pm Central US time.

Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Must be 18+ to enter. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $69.95. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner. Please note this blog, Screaming Sardine, and the author, is not responsible for the giveaway item, including, but not limited to, the quality, the safety, and the delivery of the item(s).

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January 21st, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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Giveaway winner!

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Congrats to Kathy S, who is the giveaway winner of the beautiful vintage earrings from Inspired by Elizabeth!

Thanks to all of you who entered. :)

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January 18th, 2012 at 10:41 am

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Elizabeth from Inspired by Elizabeth Artisan Interview & Giveaway

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Today’s interview is with Elizabeth from Inspired by Elizabeth Etsy Shop. Her shop is full of gorgeous steampunk jewelry – something she began making quite by accident!


[Photo above: Steampunk Necklace - Vintage Wittnauer Watch Movement - Purple Amethyst Swarovski Crystals]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
Inspired by Elizabeth is an eclectic mix of old world soul and contemporary upcycled pieces. I create Steampunk Rings & necklaces using vintage watch pieces, jewel earrings using vintage glass & rhinestones, and contemporary pieces with a vintage feel. I love the idea of taking something that has been discarded and breathing new life into it. It is the rare store that a granddaughter and a grandmother would love to shop at.

How long have you had an interest in steampunk and making jewelry?
I have always loved vintage jewelry and perusing through antique shops. I was lucky to have been given some jewelry pieces by my grandmother before she died which I cherish. I wanted to be able to emulate that style & quality found in older jewelry pieces. The reason we have antique shops is because the goods that were produced many years ago were of such a superior quality that we are able to cherish them today. It often makes me wonder what antique shops will carry in the future from this time period.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I got started by accident. I never intended to have my own business and sell Steampunk Jewelry. I was working as a registered nurse on the night shift with two kids and a wonderful husband when I began experiencing severe back pain. In short I ended up herniating three discs and in time lost my job due to my inability to function as I once did. My mobility became very limited so walking the long halls at a hospital was no longer an option.
[Photo above: Steampunk Clockwork Ring - Vintage Watch - Capri Blue & Indigo ]

I began making jewelry because I needed something to occupy my mind and time while I recovered. Plus not having a job meant I probably shouldn’t go out and buy earrings. I checked out books online from the library on jewelry making and my sweet husband would pick them up for me. I also watched videos online and just began experimenting. Over time I began sharing pictures of my creations on Facebook and through friends was introduced to Etsy.

Thinking like a nurse I began making lanyards. I used the money I made to invest in more supplies. I began using parts from vintage watches to create necklaces. One day I was looking at Google analytics and saw that customers were searching for “steampunk” and coming across my store. I had never even heard of the term before but there it was. I was creating Steampunk Jewelry.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
I am very tactile so I just love getting my hands on a vintage watch and taking it apart. I also love trying to find uses for the parts I discard. Soldering has been a fun challenge for me. I think I like using a torch a bit too much!

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
I would love to take some jewelry making classes. I am lucky enough to have here in Albuquerque Rio Grande, and they offer many wonderful classes. I need to add that to my long list of things to do.
[Photo on left: Steampunk Cuff Bracelet - Clockwork Vintage Watch Movement - Swarovski Crystals Green & Pink - Antique Brass Cuff]

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my family, reading & creating. I recently downloaded a book called Brainrush for .99 on amazon and it was a great read, especially for .99.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What I want Santa to bring me for Christmas. Health and happiness for all my family.

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
My favorite things to eat are cheese sticks.
I love the show Breaking Bad.
I have a SAG card.
I love to write.
My favorite color is purple.
My favorite gemstone is garnet.
If I were rich my favorite gemstone would be sapphire.
I once worked at a jewelry counter at TJ Maxx.
I have a bachelors of science in nursing & graduated summa cum laude.
I played the lead role in a digital short film called Lifters.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Inspired by Elizabeth Etsy Shop
Inspired by Elizabeth blog
Inspired by Elizabeth on Facebook

Giveaway
Elizabeth is giving away the gorgeous earrings pictured below! The giveaway is open worldwide and will run from now until January 16th, 11:59 pm Central US time. To enter, check out Inspired by Elizabeth Etsy Shop and leave a comment on what’s your favorite item. For extra entries, you can blog or tweet about the giveaway. You may leave your entries in one comment, or in multiple comments as you do them.

Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Must be 18+ to enter. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $18. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner. Also, please note Screaming Sardine is not responsible for the giveaway item, including, but not limited to, the quality, the safety, and the delivery of the item(s).


[Photo above: Vintage Earrings]

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January 9th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Bette from Gems, Crystals, and Wire Artisan Interview & Giveaway!

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Today’s artisan interview is with Bette of Gems Crystals And Wire ArtFire shop, a shop filled with beautiful OOAK (one of a kind) wire jewelry! Being an organ donor recipient, Bette also creates a special line of Organ Donor Awareness jewelry that is truly touching.


[Photo above: Ammonite Bracelet]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
Mainly wire wrapped or chain maille items. My love is one of a kind custom items.

How long have you had an interest in making jewelry?
Many years.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
My Mother got me started when I was about 5 years old. Our household was a “handmade” gifts household. Being 5 kids we made all our gifts to each other. Mine began with buying the settings and then cabs and cementing them in. I’d look at catalogs for hours deciding what I wanted to make next. From there, I started seed beading via books and expanded to wire wrapping. I took a few classes over the years to be around others “like me” and for friendship.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Mainly Argentium silver and gold fill wire. I have been experimenting with the richness of copper lately though.
[Photo on left: Stunning Rose Gold Fill Sculpted Swarovski Heart]

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
Polymer Clay has always fascinated me.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? Hmm what’s that :) Actually if I have a few moments I love to read or look for inspiration for new designs.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
Is there any one design that means more to you? Yes, my Organ Donor Awareness jewelry. Being a 20 year recipient there is not much for us to wear to show how much our organ donors and their families mean to us. So I designed and created a line of jewelry just for us. I do make the items in other awareness colors too ,but it got started as a way for me to thank my donor families and honor the ones they lost.
[Photo above: The Susie Pendant in honor of Bette's organ donor]

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
I have 3 furry, wet nosed, 4-legged boys, I sorely miss 24, find peace and comfort in rainbows, sunsets, and watching nature, helping others through the stress of waiting for an organ transplant.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Gems Crystals And Wire website
Gems Crystals And Wire ArtFire shop
Gems Crystals And Wire on Facebook
Gems Crystals And Wire on Youtube
Gems Crystals And Wire supply store
Wired Gems Bette on Twitter
Elegease Jewelry
Surviving an Organ Transplant
Gems Crystals And Wire on Store Envy

Giveaway
Bette is giving away a $15 gift certificate to Bette’s Gems Crystals and Wire ArtFire shop. To enter the giveaway, be a follower of Elegease Jewelry. For extra entries, blog, tweet, or mention on your facebook page about this giveaway. Giveaway is open worldwide and runs from now until January 9th at 11:59 pm Central US time. You can put all your entries in one comment or in multiple comments as you do them.

Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Must be 18+ to enter. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $15. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner. Please note Screaming Sardine is not responsible for the giveaway item, including, but not limited to, the quality, the safety, and the delivery of the item(s).


[Photo above: Puttin On The Ritz Swarovski Crystal & Gold fill wire earrings]

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January 2nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Giveaway Winner

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December 28th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

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Vemo Ho from Lamazonian Artisan Interview & Giveaway

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Today’s interview is with Vemo Ho from Lamazonian Etsy Shop, a shop full of very beautiful original gemstone jewelry & handcut cabochons!


[Photo above: Sterling silver red agate oval necklace]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
Earrings, necklaces, rings, pendants, and cufflinks that are made of sterling silver / copper and natural gemstones beads or handcut cabochons. There is also a small selection of cabochons handcut by me.

How long have you had an interest in jewelry making?
Since 2005. My parents always encouraged me to do thing creatively when I was younger, and enrolled me and my sisters in choir group, painting and dancing classes, piano lessons etc., but it never crossed my mind on making jewelry until I made my first pair of earrings.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
It all started with a pair of earrings and a lot of frustration. I made my first pair of earrings out of the blue. I then gave them away to my sister because she said she liked them too. The day she went home, she emailed me and said “The earrings that you made, I already got compliments about them from two guys on the same day!” That gave me a shot of encouragement to continue with crafting. I thought I might take a class or two to learn more, but at that time I couldn’t even afford for a wirewrapping class offered by a local beading supplier. I got frustrated and determined I wasn’t going to let money get in the way, so I went to the library and found a book on wire jewelry to learn on my own.
I eventually took up a 10-week course and learned about the basics in jewelry soldering. To this day I still have to read a lot and do online research to expand my techniques and skill sets, and to look for tips and tricks on how to refine my work.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Rocks and minerals. I actually like lapidary a lot. There were days I would think about cutting cabochons more than making new jewelry.
[Photo on left: Copper plate earrings]

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
In terms of metalsmithing, I want to get familiar with different methods of casting. I tried out early this year in salt-casting and cuttlefish bone casting, it was fun. With casting, you need the proper equipments and a setting with good ventilation in place, and I can’t have that at where I live at the moment. In terms of lapidary, I would like to try stone carving and faceting one day.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In the summer if time permits, I like to go rockhounding. There are a few mines not far from where I live. It allows me to get some fresh air and collect some sample of minerals at the same time. I also try to attend as many dance performances as possible at the local art centre. Mostly when I’m not at my day job, I spend time cutting cabochons, making jewelry, and doing other exciting things like laundry and grocery.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
“You also introduce and do some small features on other etsy sellers on your blog, why?”
I organized a local craft show before featuring female artists and crafters and it was absolutely fun to be the promoter. I’m all for handmade products, and appreciative of how much works and sweat that go into making them. With online shops the competition is huge, I do what I can to spread the words for those who deserve some spotlights.
[Photo on left: Sterling silver Amazonite cuff links]

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
– I’m a HUGE ballet fan.
– I tend to lose my friend everytime we go into the same store.
– I went to a Catholic elementary school for 6 years, then went to a Buddhist high school for another 6 years.
– Coffee doesn’t keep me awake, but I need it first thing in order to function normally everyday.
– Potato chips to me are “psychologically addictive”.
– I performed for the Queen of England once…along with other thousands of children.
– I prefer biography/autobiography over fictions.
– I’m organized because I’m too lazy.
– A fortune teller once offered to teach me the craft of tarot reading, I never took up that offer.
– I have never skied, even though I have lived in Canada for half my life.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Lamazonian website and blog
Lamazonian Etsy Shop
Lamazonian on Facebook
Lamazonian on Pinterest
Giveaway
Vemo Ho is offering a $25 gift certificate to her Lamazonian Etsy Shop! This giveaway is open worldwide and will run until December 27th, 11:59 pm Central U.S. time. To enter, be a follower of Lamazonian blog. For extra entries, you can tweet and/or blog about this giveaway. You can leave your entries in one comment or in multiple comments as you do them.

Please note: No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. Must be 18+ to enter. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. The dollar value of giveaway item is $25. I will choose the winner randomly and will notify her/him. S/he has four days to respond to my notification; if s/he doesn’t respond, I will randomly choose a different winner. Also please note Screaming Sardine is not responsible for the giveaway item, including, but not limited to, the quality, the safety, and the delivery of the item(s).


[Photo above: Unakite set of 2 triangle handcut cabochons]

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December 19th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Some Changes ’round ‘ere

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There are going to be some changes around here. I’ll continue to do artisan interviews, but shortly after the New Year, I won’t be hosting any more giveaways on this blog. (I have some already scheduled). More and more, there’s been a crack down on bloggers. After posting Many Bloggers Unwittingly Spam, I had a lovely conversation with Terry from These Peas Taste Funny. She shared a post with me – Giveaway Laws and Your Blog – that really got me thinking. Geez, there are a lot of things to do to host giveaways! As it stands now, hosting giveaways takes a LOT of work, and then to have to worry if you’re crossing every “t” and doting every “i” makes hosting giveaways an onerous task. Thus, I’ll be doing away with them.

Hosting giveaways are certainly a great way to build your GFC numbers but, to be frank, those numbers are mostly fluff and nonsense. Why? Because the majority of the people who clicked the GFC follow button are only doing it for the giveaway. Chances are extremely high they won’t be returning to read any more posts, unless it’s another giveaway they want to enter. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but I’d rather have engaged followers than those who are just passing through.

After having experienced a large growth due to giveaways, I admit to preferring to grow my blog “organically” – i.e., naturally. I’ve also done away with my Google Friend Connect follow widget. There was a twinge of “Awww, darn” when I lost all my followers due to combining a few of my blogger blogs to this self-hosted Word Press blog early this past summer. Now I’m losing them again, but they would’ve been lost anyway within the next few months. That’s because GFC will no longer be available to blogs who aren’t on blogger. Sooo, if you do want to follow and read, there’s always feedburner or subscribing through email.

I’m also becoming more active on Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In. I even have a Google + account, but darned if I know how to link that up – lol! I think it’s this, but who knows. I’ll figure it out, since I’m on a mission to learn all this social networking stuff. At first, I hated Twitter, but now I’m liking it. Ditto with Facebook, although they’re making some c-c-c-c-changes soon, too. Hope I can keep up!

In addition to craft tutorials and recipes, I’ll also be writing helpful tips on blogging and entrepreneurship. I’ve taken a ton of webinars and teleseminars lately, so I’ll be writing about what I’ve learned. Last week was very busy; Monday alone was spent in such -nars for over eight hours!

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December 18th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Giveaway Winner!

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December 16th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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