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Review and Giveaway: No Clasp Hoop Earrings (closed)

No clasp hoop earrings by Eluna Jewelry Designs.

I was recently contacted by April Williams of Eluna Jewelry Deigns to do a review of her hoop earrings. It has been a long time since I have blogged about product reviews and I love to help out fellow Etsyers, so I jumped at the opportunity.

When I first opened April’s e-mail I saw basic hoop earrings. I immediately thought to myself, they look nice, but what makes them special? I then noticed a little loop at the end of the earring, rather than a straight piece and back clasp. After reading through the details I realized these hoops were clasp free.

As a very bad jewelry owner, clasp free anything is ideal. I have lost so many earring backs simply taking my earring off. There must be a black hole hidden in the tile of my bathroom. As the earring back falls I hear the final “ping” as it hits the floor, never to be heard from or seen again. Then there are the days where halfway through my workday a student will ask why I only have one earring on. Somehow they jump out of my ears and with my daily routine of being everywhere on campus, there is little to no chance of recovery.

Long story short, I was on board with this product before April shipped it to me. I couldn’t quite grasp how these would work, I am a visual learner, but figured it couldn’t be too complicated. April shipped them out and I eagerly awaited their arrival.

I opted for the medium size sterling silver backless hoop earrings. All of her products are made from quality metals such as sterling silver, 14 kt gold, copper, and niobium, a metal I had never heard of. I learned it is a hypoallergenic metal that can come in multiple colors. Since I am lacking a set of hoops (crazy, I know) in my earring collection, I thought this was the best way to go. I also like to review the “bread and butter” products of a seller, since these are typically the most moved and most popular items.

As soon as the package arrived I handed the babies over to my hub and ran upstairs to try them on. The package included instructions, the earring should be placed through the back of my earring hole. What should have clicked as soon as I pulled up images of her jewelry finally clicked when I had the earrings and instructions in hand. You thread the non-loop end through the back of your ear and the loop rests agains the back of your lobe.

My immediate reaction was, “well this isn’t going to be easy.”  But it was much better than I expected. It only took a few tries to line it up before it came through. Since then I have gotten much better at the process, and I have to admit I have had a lot of practice wearing these over the last two weeks.

The size was just what I was looking for and the wire is nice and thin. The earrings are incredibly light and look delicate. It’s so nice to have this basic style in my collection, they have become regulars in my rotation.

I am also a big fan of the fact that April makes and ships these out of Raleigh, NC. I love supporting fellow artists and local, handmade, southern products. Her prices are extremely reasonable, this style lists for just $20.

In addition to sending me a pair to try out, April has also sent me a pair to giveaway to one lucky reader. All you have to do is visit April’s Etsy shop here or website here and comment below with your favorite item. You can get one bonus entry if you subscribe to my blog (simply fill out the form at the bottom of this post) and follow her Etsy shop, comment again letting me know you are following both of us. The winner will be randomly selected on Sunday, April 29th. They will have 24 hours to respond to my e-mail before another winner is selected.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my latest product review and read my blog! Check out my other posts here, teaching products here, and my Etsy shop here. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Backless Hoop earrings by Eluna Jewelry Designs.

Etsy Shop of the Month: Statement Necklace Giveaway via AquaGiraffe (closed)

Statement Necklace Giveaway AquaGiraffe

I spend a large portion of my life on Etsy. I would like to say the majority of time is spent focusing on my shop, updating, tagging, selling, making my millions… but I have to admit I spend most of my time shopping. My favorite items list is beginning to get a little out of control, and I buy a large portion of the items I end up favoriting. It does make me feel better knowing I am helping my fellow shop owners, I support handmade, I support the arts.

As the days leading up to the holidays grew shorter, my time on Etsy grew longer. I had the majority of my gifts covered through the many offerings of Etsy, including a beautiful green, beaded and braided statement necklace for my mom. My mom’s wish list for my sister and I is always the same, any clothes or jewelry you pick out. She loves nothing more than being dressed and accessorized by us, and I love nothing more than shopping.

I knew I wanted a cute statement necklace, it had to be in the blue or green color family. If you type in “green statement necklace” in Etsy it is unbelievable the amount of items you have to sift through. I was at a point of hitting the “next page” button automatically, and going crossed eyed as I stared at necklace after necklace. Suddenly I saw the braided necklace from AquaGiraffe and I was set. It was cute, fun, trendy, and without a second thought I bought it.

Aqua Statment Necklace via AquaGiraffe

It arrived on my doorstep incredibly fast, was cutely wrapped, and was just what I pictured. My mom was thrilled when she opened it up on Christmas day, and I have already seen her wear it on countless occasions. It works well with a wide variety of outfits and color, and isn’t overwhelmingly large. It can be dressed up or pair with jeans and a t-shirt. There is a possibility this will disappear from My Mom’s closet one day and find it’s way into mine…

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AquaGiraffe, run by Kimberly out of Orlando, FL, has a variety of products in her shop. From head scarves to trendy jewelry she has an adorable selection to choose from. I was very excited when she agreed to participate in a giveaway, and offered her Petal Statement Necklace as the prize. I had already noticed this necklace as I recently browsed her shop, and am slightly bummed I’m not eligible to enter my own giveaway. I just might have to make another purchase in the near future.

Enter to win this beautiful, fashionable necklace by liking your favorite item in Kimberly’s shop here. After you like an item share the link to the item in a comment below.

Want more chances to win? Like my Etsy shop here and link to your favorite item in a separate comment below. Like my Facebook page here and comment a third time with the name you liked the page under. A winner will be randomly selected on Thursday 2/13 using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…” The winner will be e-mail and has 24 hours to confirm their prize before a new winner is selected.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and enter my giveaway! A big thanks to Kimberly at AquaGiraffe for donating a necklace to one of my lucky readers. Whether or not you are the winner don’t forget to support local, handmade goodies. Be unique and find one of a kind creations on amazing websites like Etsy!

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Review and Giveaway: Etsy Shop, Nesting Pretty Nature Inspired Hair Pins (closed)

image_7A few months ago, while perusing Etsy, I stumbled across an adorable all-things-hair shop, Nesting PrettyNesting Pretty, owned and operated by Tamara Louise, has a wide range of accessories, including hair pins, head bands, hair clips, earrings, necklaces, and vintage items. Despite offering a range of things, Nesting Pretty has a distinct style, which visually connects all of the items together through a nature, florally, and vintage inspired theme.

As I perused her shop I immediately found and favorited a few things I fell in love with, and moved on. After clicking through a few other shops I suddenly decided to look back on what I just favorited, one of which was this adorable, turquoise, sparrow bobby pin. After another look at the very reasonable and affordable price, I purchased it without a second thought. A few days later it arrived in the mail, and I was in love.

I do have a slight obsession with hair decor. I even had to create and design a headband holder for my closet to accommodate my ever growing collection of headbands. After awhile I had to take a headband breather, which brought me to the world of decorative bobby pins. This sparrow was the perfect addition to my collection, it has brought me endless compliments and an easy way to jazz up my hair.

After my very satisfying transaction and purchase from Nesting Pretty, I decided to contact Tamara and see if she would be interested in participating in a review, giveaway, and holiday shopping highlight on my blog. I was thrilled when she agreed, and I love the item she has selected to giveaway. See below for details about entering to win this adorable branch themed bobby pin pair!

nature inspired hair pins

Nesting Pretty is a shop that offers a wide range of in-style and adorable items. I definitely plan to check off a few gifts on my holiday list this year via Nesting Pretty. This is on the top of the list for recommended shops to stop at, and check out, this holiday season. Support local and handmade, and give a unique gift this season! Right now Tamara also has a discounted section of her shop, it’s always great to check something off your list, get a good deal, and all before the craziness of black friday and holiday shopping.

If you are in love with these nature inspired hair pins all you have to do to enter is visit Nesting Pretty here, favorite her shop, and imagecomment below with a link to your favorite item in her shop. You can also win one more entry by visiting my Etsy shop here, favoriting my shop, and commenting below with a link to your favorite item in my shop.

Next Thursday, 11/14, the winner will be randomly selected using the plugin And the Winner Is… They will be contacted via e-mail, and will have 24 hours to confirm their prize before a new winner is selected.

Thanks for checking out my blog, participating in my giveaway, and checking out my recommended holiday shops this year! Help me spread the word by liking, tweeting, e-mailing, and sharing! I couldn’t do it without your help!

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Etsy Shop of the Month: Eilquinn Personalized Tote Giveaway (closed)

Tote Full ViewA few weeks ago I found myself beginning yet another school year and my fifth year teaching. I couldn’t believe summer was already over and another first day of school was upon me. As with past years before heading back to school I went on a mini shopping spree. In order to properly start a new school year I believe you really need a few new outfits, pairs of shoes, and other necessary accessories. It’s nice to start the year fresh and new.

For the past year I have been searching for the perfect school tote. My search began this time last year, but I never found something I absolutely had to have. After many fruitless searches I put of the purchase, and put it off, which caused a very unorganized school year. After months of carrying everything I needed loose in my arms day in and day out of school I made it my mission to find the perfect bag before I went back to school.

Which brings me to the lovely Etsy shop, Eilquinn. During one of deep Etsy tote bag searches I was getting tired of scanning page after page until something caught my attention, made my eyes stop, and my mouse click for a better view. Before I knew it I had favorited three of her bags and looked at every single thing in her shop. The only question that came to mind after my shop visit was how hadn’t I discovered her earlier?

I e-mailed Eileen, owner of Eilquinn and tote bag creator, right away and began setting up my custom order. I went back and forth about color, style, whether to add a doilie or not. I took every tiny custom option into account, after all this was a decision a year in the making. Through the entire process Eileen was so helpful. She sent me pictures of how the different options would look and quickly answered my many, many e-mails.

Finally I decided on a design, letter color, burlap color, and to add a doilie; but I still had no idea which lace color to pick. After going back and forth I finally sent her my order and payment with three lace colors I wanted her to pick from. I was over decision making and figured she would have the most informed opinion. I eagerly awaited my bag and when it came I was over the moon. Eileen selected a lovely yellow, which was perfect. In the back of my mind this was what I wanted, but was worried the yellow would be too bright, some how Eileen must have known all of this and made it exactly right.

Eilquinn Tote Details

I use my tote every single day, filling it with heavy books, my laptop, and my change of clothes for daily softball practice. It has held up beautifully and I don’t remember my unorganized life pre-tote bag. One of my favorite parts of this process is Eileen has agreed to giveaway one of these amazing, personalized totes to one of my readers! See details below to enter…

Eilquinn Tote Bottom and Interior

To enter to win one of these beautiful totes all you have to do is “like” Eileen’s shop, Eilquinn. Comment below with the name you liked Eilquinn under and which tote you would want to take home! You may also earn extra entries by sharing this giveaway on facebook or twitter and “liking” my Etsy shop here. To earn a second entry comment with a link to your facebook share or tweet. To earn you third entry comment below with the name you liked my shop under. Good luck to everyone, the contest will close next Thursday 9/12 at midnight and the winner will be notified by Friday. The winner will be randomly selected from the comments using the plugin, And the Winner Is…

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and entering my giveaway! Help me spread the word my sharing, liking, tweeting, commenting, and e-mailing to others! I can’t do it without you. Thanks for stopping by!
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Paperhouse Production Giveaway: Scrapbook Paper and Stickers (closed)

Paperhouse Product Sticker and Paper Giveaway

This week I have two amazing giveaways to offer! The first is a multi-winner giveaway, one lucky big winner will get a 6″x6″ pack of art inspired scrapbook paper and two packs of hydrangea and leaf stickers. 6 additional winners will receive one strip of hydrangea and one strip of leaf stickers. On Thursday I will post my second giveaway of the week, an adorable tote from Etsy shop: eilquinn.

Scrapbook paper detailPaperhouse Productions is an online shop that specialized in most things paper and some things mangets, stickers, and home decor. Over the summer I was approached by them to try out some of their products, I readily agreed on one condition, they would send me enough items for me to giveaway to my readers. I awaited my box of goodies and was shocked at the size of it when it finally arrived. I opened it to find piles of products, enough for me to try and giveaway to a number of my readers.

I went for the art paper immediatly, flipping through quickly at first, then taking my time, admiring the patterns and designs the second time through. I love the abstract pages, with colors softly bleeding into each other as if watercolor was recently applied to a damp sheet of paper. In addition to these pages are more obviously art inspired pages, with images of paint blobs, messy palettes, and coated paint brushes printed on the pages.

As a collager, scrapbooker, and visual journaler I prefer to use more simply patterned paper in my pages, but I know these image printed pages are perfect for my students. I can imagine them flipping to these pages, instantly inspired by the paint covered paper, cutting it up, and incorporating it into their next visual journal page.

In other words, the vibrance and variety of pages in this paper pack will appeal to a variety of people and tastes.

Next out of the box were the leaf and hydrangea stickers. I picked these patterns because a: I like trees and often use them in my visual journal pages and b: my bridesmaids carried blue hydrangeas in my wedding, and they automatically appealed to me.

I love the realistic quality the stickers have, and the bright colors I was sure were Hydrangea Sticker Detailonly enhanced via photo and web editing. I was very pleased to find they looked just as good in person as they did on my computer screen. I opened my first pack, and peeled off a green leaf sticker and was instantly pleased with this product.

Rather than having a very sticker like white edge around the image, ruining a perfectly pretty leaf, this sticker has a clear edge. This lovely change makes it look even more realistic, and allows you to layer the stickers without having an unattractive white edge distracting you from the overall look. I picture these stickers as your not run of the mill two year old forehead sticker or middle schooler locker stickers. These stickers are meant for more artistic uses, such as scrapbooking and visual journaling. I will be sure to post a picture of my first creation using these amazing products!

Overall I am very pleased with Paperhouse Productions. They have quality products and a very easy to navigate website. In order to enter this giveaway all you have to do is either tweet about this giveaway or share it on facebook and like Paperhouse Productions on facebook here. Comment on this post with a link to your tweet or facebook share. In one week, on Monday 9/9, I will randomly select the winners from the comments using the plugin, And the Winner Is… The first winner selected will receive the scrapbook paper pack and the hydrangea and leaf sticker packs. The next 6 winners will receive one strip of hydrangea and one strip of leaf stickers.

Thanks for visiting my blog and entering this weeks giveaway! Help me spread the word about my blog by liking, tweeting, and sharing with others! Thanks for stopping by!

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