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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My sweet necklace Giveaway!

Go here to check out my giveaway.....


If you haven't discovered the brand new Blog Guidebook, you really should check it out! I am so glad I found this site which offers a great guide to many many creative blogs, plus tips, features, great ideas and giveaways. Woo hoo! Who doesn't love a giveaway? Here is their link. If you aren't listed yet, go there and sign up. It's free and it is good exposure for your blog. It's a win win!


And, courtesy of the Blog Guidebook, I am having my very first sweet necklace giveaway from my Etsy shop and scheduled for June 18, Saturday on the Blog Guidebook-


And here is the story of the evolution of these pretty little rosette necklaces from my May blog post......

I really enjoy the embellishments and trims I put on my upcycled totes; they are a unique touch which make every bag an original design. Putting together the fabric, laces, ribbon, beads, buttons and other trims is fun for me and I love the way the bags look when I finish all the embellishments.

I like them so much that I thought about making the embellishments as a separate applique that could be added not only to my bags but to the bags of Etsy customers. If I sewed the trims and ribbons and beads and buttons to a nice backing, the medallions of rosettes and lace could be applied to just about anything. But when I made the first one I knew they were perfect as necklaces. Statement necklaces. Not large, poufy, in your face statement necklaces, but smaller, more subtle and with alot of fun detail.

So I've made several and posted them in my Etsy shop. Woohoo! They are selling and I'm getting lots of positive feedback for them. PLUS, I have a great time putting the designs together.

I crashed my stash and pulled out all kinds of trims and embellishments and then, a genius thought came to me. They needed something with a bit more impact, something small and clever and lovely and.....the tiny nest was born. I've been making these for a while as a trim on other projects but they are JUST PERFECT for these pretty rosette montages. Here is one necklace in creamy white and ivory and gold and brass and satin. So pretty!

And here is one in turquoise and creamy ivory and gold and teal and chocolate brown and lace and ribbon....and a teeny tiny gold wire nest with three little bitty eggs. Beautiful!

I added the gold chain to the sides and the ribbon ties to the chain so the necklace is adjustable. You can also change the ribbon to another bit of chain or a velvet ribbon, as you wish.

And here they are together, my first two necklaces inspired by my tote pocket embellishments. You never know where inspiration will come from but sometimes, if you just go along with it, you can create something pretty darn wonderful!

I think for a wedding, these would be lovely. For a birthday, they would be perfect. To dress up that casual summer dress, just right.
What do you think? What would you wear them with if these were yours?

And here it is in PINK and bright GREEN, brand new this morning!

As luscious as a French cherry vanilla cupcake with fluffy cream cheese frosting, yum!

As cool and as sweet as mint chocolate chip ice cream. Oh man, I must be hungry! I've added necklaces with a fleur de lis for a French flair plus other colors including summery blue and red velvet so take a hop over to my Etsy shop and look around.

Then head on over to the giveaway post at the Blog Guidebook and enter. Thanks to Lyndsay at The Blog Guidebook for getting this set up.



  1. I love the cream and gold one...I am not sure if I would wear them - it would have to be the right dress, I think.

  2. Oh wow! I adore your necklaces! I think they would be gorgeous with just about anything! Even jeans and a t-shirt! Do you offer them in pin form? I am off to check out your etsy shop!

  3. Gorgeous! The one with the turquoise hues is definitely my fave!


  4. Oh these are soooo pretty. I have been loving necklaces like this, but I love that yours are a little more delicate, more of a subtle statement instead of a shout. :) If that makes any sense. I'm off to check out the etsy store! It's not too late to buy my own Mother's Day gift is it? ;)

  5. Those are amazing!!! I really love them!!!

  6. And the white necklace is sold. Thx, Beverly, I'll be mailing this TODAY!

  7. I love your necklaces! They are absolutely beautiful.

  8. Ann... thank you so much for your visit today and for your comments on my "Black Eyed Susan's".. I was surprised as anyone at how they grew in such a short period of time.. It's still spring here but in the 90's....
    Let me go


  9. Woo Hoo thanks for stopping by my post. I never would have found you. These are beautiful as totes or necklaces. Great ideas creative lady. Blessings

  10. The embellishments of these pieces are so pretty and vintagey.

  11. Sooooo PRETTY...the turquoise one is my fav...luv how you have designed these!


  12. Hi Ann! Thanks so much for dropping by at Comin' Home. :o) Oh my goodness! I do love your necklaces! I never thought of putting these things together for a necklace! Great idea!

    And I saw some other posts I really like. :o) I'm going to have to do a little exploring here, I can see!

    Have a great day,

  13. Thanks for dropping by Cape Cod to see me, Ann, and for trying my very easy Cranberry monkey bread. I l-o-v-e your blog, and I've joined your followers (Follow this woman; she seems to know where she's going!). I even agree with your About Me Music picks...but, what? No Pink Martini?

    Jude from Cape Cod
    at www.dolcecapecod.blogspot.com.

  14. Thanks for stopping by my first guest post today!


  15. My favorite is the blue one! So pretty!
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  16. Those are Gorgeous!! Seriously love them!! I love them both but I'm a sucker for the blues!! Great job!!

    Thanks for stopping over to visit me :)

  17. Thank you for stopping by Becolorful and commenting. I came over here to reciprocate and I love what I am seeing. I was drawn in by the word upcycled. I belong to a group of five women that create all year and put on a sale semi annually. We are always looking for words to describe what we do. You know, refurbished, creatively going green ... yada yada. Now, thanks to you we have a new word. :)
    The necklaces were really pretty. I have put a toe in this water too but what really intrigued me were your totes. How fun are those. I'm a fan.
    Keep on creating. Love what you do.

  18. Oh my. Really? If I wish? I love your style. I would be so stoked but it is seriously not necessary. Yet I get that whole mile marker thing too. Thank you so much.

  19. Such pretty necklaces you have...... thank you so much for your visit today.. such kind words! I so love the beautiful colors of Blue on your header.

  20. These are really pretty. I love being able to make something new from something that otherwise might be tossed out. So nice.

  21. Hello, what an interested blog you have, very informative on how to creat things. I too have been making totes and embellishing them, I've just about sold out of the ones I've made. Thanks again for stopping by, Theresa

  22. These are the prettiest necklaces ev-ah!! so much detail. thanks for visiting:-)

  23. You deserve that Award and I am glad your comment was left from this blog, now I can follow it as well. I LOVE these necklaces. I have tried making them but mine are too floppy or something. I love that you added the bird nest as well.

  24. Beautiful! FYI, I featured you today over at Appleseed Gifts. Check out your feature below and feel free to snag my featured button!



  25. Stopping by from Blog Guidebook, love your stuff!! You're soo talented, happy to be a new follower!

  26. Wowie! How gorgeous!
    How unique!
    How creative!
    I admit--I am jealous of your jewelry making skills ;)
    So nice to meet you, Ann!
    I love the name Ann (it's also my middle name!)
    How long does it take you to make one necklace?

  27. That's a good question, Leslie. I haven't kept track since I usually have several of them going at once with beads,lace,ribbon,etc. pretty much taking over my craft table. But I sew the rosettes while watching tv so I have a good selection when I start putting them together.

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  29. these are so beautiful!!! im going to try to make one!!!


  30. Thanks for your words on my blog- and I'm so glad I found yours...beautiful designs and lovely colors. You are truly gifted. Can't wait to check out the rest of it! Blessings!

  31. So PRETTY! I ran right over and signed up for the giveaway!!

  32. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love that turquoise necklace!

  33. These are adorable. I'd love to win!

  34. They are all fabulous! I love the turquoise. Lisa~

  35. hello, these are like super adorable I love the teal and chocolate brown because those are the colors of my wedding and was wondering if there was a way i could get one and how

  36. MAry,
    So glad you like these necklaces...I have some listed in my Etsy shop right now. Just click on the button on the right to go there and browse. If you don't see exactly what you want I can make one just for you with the colors and details you would like. Thanks so much for the kind words!


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