Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My First Give Away

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As you can see I have been busy again today. I went to a local Hobby Lobby where they carry the Vintaj line of brass pieces and I went nuts. I also found these beautiful handmade beads in my favorite local craft store when I went there afterwards to get more chain. (More on the beads later.)

Anyways in honor of having 100 followers I decided to make a necklace to be given away to one lucky person. All you have to do is leave a comment with an email where I can get ahold of you and I will randomly select a winner one week from today. (REMEMBER I need your email to show in the comment field or else I have no way to contact you about winning!!)




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OK Back to the beads. When I went into the Munro's to get more chain I saw a sign saying that they were having a bead "trunk sale" in the back classroom. I had never been to a trunk sale so I was curious. (Boy I wish I had more money with me when I saw all the beads.) They are handmade in Africa by disadvantaged women in a factory set up by Karen Blixen (of "Out Of Africa" fame) in 1988 using clay out of the Mt. Kenya area. They are called Kazuri beads which is Swahili for small and beautiful. Anyways the giveaway necklace has 2 Kazuri beads on it and these are some others I bought that will be made into jewelry someday. If you want to get some of these beads for yourself they are quite inexpensive. Click here to visit the website.

68 comments:

Pixie said...

Wow...I have been enjoying your necklace-making this week...what a gorgeous selection you have now!

Hope
scwk0511@yahoo.com

Jessejane said...

I love thenecklaces you've created! I really like how
all the pieces seem random, but still seem to come together as a cohesive unit. Your art is an inspiration to all of us! Judy

Anonymous said...

This necklace is simply stunning-such talent!
Laura D.
elkadyscraps@yahoo.com

Gwen Crowell said...

Valerie, this necklace is truly beautiful...I love it!

Gwenny

Laureta Linett said...

That necklace is gorgeous the focal bead looks like a mountain with a river running in front of it. Just amazing....

Anonymous said...

I love the construction of the beautiful necklace. Love the green. It's spectacular.
cynwhid@cableone.net Cindy W.

Anonymous said...

How cool! Among my favorite themes in crfting, jewelery etc are keys and leaves. You did a great job!
M. C. Sparks

artrato3 said...

Me me pick me! I love it!
lee

Anonymous said...

Valerie, you are one of the most talented ladies have ever seen on the web. Everything you do is wonderful and your necklaces make me swoon with desire.
muriel@fulgione.net

Nancy Allen said...

Valerie, you've done it again! Another beautiful necklace. Love it!

CindyB said...

Make that 101 followers! I decided to follow after looking at your blog and grabbing some great images and admiring your art. Fabulous! Your jewelery is gorgeous and I would love to have my name added to the draw.
eiggam44 at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

Your necklace is gorgeous! Congrats on 100!!!!

Jinx said...

LOVE this! You did a great job.
Reminds me a little of steam punk in which i love...

Please DEF enter me in the drawing for the necklace!

Thank you !

Ashley Womble
sympathetic_kitty@yahoo.com

Denise said...

what a great necklace and yes, trunk sales can be very dangerous to the pocket. I love the beads you bought :)

Denise B

Heather said...

Love the look of your necklace, I like that it's not symmetrical - and the Kazuri beads are very interesting too.

I've passed a little award on to you, Val - go check my blog to see. :o)

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

What a stunning necklace design! I always favor asymmetrical designs but this one is gorgeous! The colors and the eclectic nature of the findings are simply fabulous. If I won, I would wear this necklace a lot!

Barbara Branson said...

Valerie, You have done your self proud with the three necklaces. They are all beautiful. But I like the one with the African beads the best because by purchasing the beads you helped the women of a very poor country. I have been crazy about African beads since the late 60's or early 70's they have always been my favorite.
Barbara Branson

Maggie Lind said...

Beautiful necklace and a wonderful design, Valerie. I don't wear jewlry very much but would make an exception here!!

Anonymous said...

I love the first Necklace when I saw it, but the second one is gorgious too, I love how you used the different chains in them! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas you give us. Christal - kittygirlcg42@yahoo.com

Lady Di said...

Valerie, you are so generous and your necklace creations are stunning. Good on you.

Anonymous said...

You do absolutely beautiful work!!!
Renee`
Angelkissed1966@yahoo.com

jonio said...

Beautiful necklaces Valerie! I love the new/old pieces Hobby Lobby and Michael's are getting in. Perfect balance on these.

Nark R. said...

Valerie - you have done it again - another awesome creation - I love the blending of the colors in the green from the Kazuri beads with the touch of pearls and amber droplet, along with the antiqued brass. A very interesting and unique combination of objects.
Nark R. dollyama@cox.net

Sue Young said...

Oh Fearless Leader,this is a truly gorgeous necklace! I', crossing all my fingers and toes on this one!!!!!Thanks for all you do,Val!Sue Young
Salut15@aol.com

Christine said...

I adore the total randomness & freedoms of your necklaces. You have a GREAT eye for pulling it all together. I should win it because I can't make anything that good.....I don't have the eye for random, when I try to put random together it ends up looking like upchuck :( hehe
Christine howsthis907@yahoo.com

minnamarika said...

What a beautiful piece of art!!!

I love your creation!!!


Minnamarika

Joanne said...

What an intriguing design. I especially like the left hand side where both chain and beads are held together with a couple of rings. The use of so many different components keeps the interest alive. Luv it.
joanneck@tiscali.co.uk

xx

Kim said...

Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to win one of your necklaces....they're gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

All the items move your eyes around the necklace in and the color of the stone matches all the items you have added. The shapes and colors are soothing. Tiny white beads wrapped thru to join look great. The icing on the cake for me is the key (I really like the old keys) No wonder when you are at the Art Institute people are asking are you wearing a new creation today?
Keep crafting for all of us thanks for sharing.
Margied72@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

OMJ!!!(that's Oh! My!Joss!by the way - little inside joke with my grandaughter) As per usual, Valerie, your creativity is just astounding! I am so inspired by everything you make, and this necklace is no exception. I love how everything seems to tie together, but nothing is the same. And your generosity in giving it away is so amazing. Whoever is chosen to receive your necklace will be one lucky person!

Hugs!
Lori N.
lesseley@comcast.net

Theresa said...

You always do such beautiful work Val! I don't wear a lot of jewelry but I would wear this, it's so 'artsy'. Love it!!!

tbennett@thistleglen.com

Anonymous said...

Just love it. Also love your jewelry, the pieces are bold and fun. Great pieces!

buggyart@sbcglobal.net

Marilyn Parigian said...

My daughter and I share our necklaces and we both would love to own this piece. VERY cool.
Creative Blessings,
Marilyn
www.marilyn-art.com

paperqueen said...

Your necklace is stunning, and it would look spectacular around MY neck. Just sayin'......
Eileen
eyeleeeen@optonline.net

Nancy said...

Valerie, your necklaces are stunning. I love their vintage feel, yet are modern in their design. Your creativity amazes me.

DeArtibus said...

HELLO SUPERWOMAN!
Well, as Mary Poppins might say, your necklace is "super-cali-fragilistic-expiali-docious"
Linda
L7ELLIS@YAHOO.COM

di said...

Stunning necklace and I love those beads - wish I had a hobby lobby here. blondie11721 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

All of your necklaces are beautiful! I've seen ads for these beads in RSM magazine before. They are so beautiful. I am constantly amazed at your experience; I just wish I had 1/10th of your talent. You are an amazing woman Valerie Brincheck!
Reba
Reebee203@sbcglobal.net

ginag said...

Val, my neck is naked and needs your artful creation! WOW, do you ever do anything that's not fabulous!! I love all the pieces and how they have come together. You have cool resources, too!
XXO Gina G
ginagoodling@yahoo.com

Elaine A said...

Hi Val -

This necklace is just as sweet as your other ones. So beautiful And as for the trunk sale - beads are addicting, aren't they - LOL?!

Elaine Allen
veallen6@optonline.net

Joan J said...

Valerie, I am loving this necklace and immediately thought... my daughter would love that! So if I am the winner she is getting this great unique necklace for Christmas....of course, I will tell her you made it and won't claim the credit! lol

Joan

Sandie said...

Wow Val, you not only spoil us all with some of your fabulous pictures, you are now offering us the chance of winning your stunning necklace. I couldn't let this opportunity pass me by because this piece would look just perfect around my neck,lol.
Thank-you for the chance to win it.
Hugs Sandie.x

Sandie.j@talktalk.net

Julie said...

That is a really beautiful creation, Valerie!!!!

Julie
anniecooper1313@yahoo.com

Danise said...

Some one will be a very lucky winner! This is beautiful as is all your art work.Thanks for the link to the beads..they are really cool.I'll incorp this style into the ones I make for Christmas gifts to my nieces..big hugggs
Danise45

Sarah W said...

what a beautiful necklace. Whoever wins this one is one lucky duck.

Sarah
-you have my email LOL

Ginia said...

Your necklace creations are awesome. You inspire me. Thank You for sharing!
Virginia Bell
mernigini@hotmail.com

Cindy said...

I would love to win one of your beautiful creations. Thank you for giving us the chance! :)

clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

Denise said...

Wow! I absolutely love your necklace. What talent and creativity you have, my dear. :D Denise
deex355@aol.com
tomorrowstreasurestoday.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Your necklace is beautiful, but I already knew that you are such a creative artist. The problem with reading about this necklace is that I now lust after Kazuri beads and Vintaj brass. I know just what I'm getting for my daughter for Christmas, Karuri beads! Off I go to Hobby Lobby.

Susann L.
acklaura@bellsouth.net

donna said...

I have just discovered your site and have more looking to do. Your work is wonderful. I would love to own such a beautiful necklace.

Karen Witte-Elkins said...

LOVE your blog! The necklace is to-die-for and I would be thrilled to win it. I have been on a jewelry making rampage of late also. I don't know what brings these phases on, but aren't they fun while they last??? Thanks for all the cool goodies on your blog.

karrieelkins@msn.com
www.karriannelkins.com

Anonymous said...

Val, wonderful color combination of gold,cream and jade. celia w.

Cynthia said...

Love the color of the metal and that cute key. Would love to win this necklace !!!

CynthiaSchmidt@hotmail.com

Viviane Vieira said...

Just beautiful!!!!!!!!!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Eileen B. directed me to your blog through her blog, and I'm so glad I'm "clicked" by ... this necklace caught my eye right away! It is truly beautiful, and scrolling down, each of the others were even more beautiful. I love your work!

craftyM said...

Valerie-Your work is awesome and not just the jewelry! I'm in a journal group with Elena and Gina and have gotten to see work you have done in other journals and it has just been to die for. One I remember with mermaids and all this stitching was just so so wonderful! I wish you were in our group to work in my book now!!! Beautiful necklace,too! kmskfam@aol.com Marita Kovalik

Lillian M said...

Valerie... what cant you do?
this is so pretty!!!
Pick me pick me!!
Lill
sugarbirds@ntl.sympatico.ca

Anonymous said...

You are such a talented person - I receive your blog and artwork daily - enjoy your work!
Val
vschinning@yahoo.com

texcinlulu said...

Beautiful necklace.
Thanks for the giv away.
Cindy
lulucb@aol.com

celia said...

so excited over the wonder of that necklace I forget to put my e mail address in. Celia Worthington
seesews@earthlink.net

crafty creations said...

beautiful necklace as is all your art. I would love to own it and would give it a very good home !!!

hilmof@lineone.net

Thanks for the chance

Redfish Artwork by Vickie Fisher said...

over here, over here, pick me, pick me!!! They are beautiful, I miss Hobby Lobby...they don't have them here in Tampa!!

Hugs,
Vickie

Suze said...

Valerie

Your necklaces are absolutely perfect, Mind you I am not surprised, everything that you make turns out First class, look forward to seeing any others that you make

Suze Urquhart

sandi c said...

you are a talented lady. i love this necklace. do you have guidlines you go by or is this all stored in your head?

sandi c said...

oops. i forgot me email address
samiam1172@yahoo.com

Diane said...

wow! fab work girl! hugs~diane
"dlmdesigns3@msn.com"

Diane said...

love the new jewelry work valerie! yo go girl. ~hugs diane moser~ my email is dlmdesigns3@msn.com

AliMayes said...

What a fabulous necklace - you're so clever! Ali
pandamayes at operamail dot com