weekly giveaway - beauty spot:

June 28, 2010

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i really like jewelry :) when i came across the jewelry shop, beauty spot, it really stood out to me. this beautiful jewelry is created by polina & sergey - they make their jewelry in the lovely country of Kiev, Ukraine. their pieces are all so sweet and special, many pieces feature original artwork from ukrainian artists. this week's giveaway is a generous $50 gift certificate (excluding shipping) to anything in polina & sergey's shop! and they're offering a special reader discount too: read below for more details!


win: $50 gift certificate to
beauty spot!

Hello, please tell us a little about yourself + your beautiful shop: Well, we are jewelry-makers. And it's hard to add something because it's all we do:) Polina used to work as a cinema director and Sergey was a graphic designer. So we transformed our skills into a new form of creativity and and this is where our jewelry comes from. Now we run a small studio in Kiev, Ukraine. Till the may 2010 we worked only locally, but now we've opened EtsyShop too.

How did you get started making your lovely jewelry? One day we just couldn't find gift for our friend. We were looking at web, at shops, everywhere. And finally we figured out: "We can make it ourselves". Then we made our first earrings, then an another pair and more and more. It started just as a hobby two years ago, but soon it became our full-day job. It was not an easy to quit our previous jobs, but it was a right choice.

What inspires you day to day? Every piece of our jewelry is a little story. And these simple stories are all around us. It could be words from book, beautiful shots from different photographers, something from a movie we liked or anything around us. That's why we often make jewelry in different styles, we love vintage and modern at the same time and we try to put all this love into our works.

Any advice for aspiring small business owners? We are great fans of friendly customer service so our tips are all around it. We have three simple rules:

1. Be nice to your customers: If they ask you for something try to do your best. Always be ready for a dialogue with them. Don't hesitate to make a gift or give a discount.
2. Make buying from you a pleasure: Make it easy to find you. Make a great presentation of your items. Make it easy to buy. And ship as soon as you can:)
3. Don't be lazy: Sometimes people think handmade business is easy. But it's not true. It's a hard work 24/7. Even when you sleep;) So you should be ready for it and really love all things you do.


receive 10% off your entire order!

beauty spot has kindly offered a special exclusive discount for oh, hello friend readers. receive 10% off your purchase, good till july 9th! simply enter code "ohhellofriend" at checkout and you'll be refunded after purchase.

3 chances to win!

( COMMENT TO WIN )
simply visit beauty spot and leave a comment
with your favorite item from their shop.

( +1 EXTRA ENTRY )
twitter, facebook, or blog about this giveaway.
come back & comment with the link! if you twitter, please
tag it with @ohhellofriend so i can track your tweet!

( +1 MORE EXTRA ENTRY )
become a twitter / blogger follower or a facebook fan,
leave a comment letting me know which site you follow for an extra entry!
(note: please only comment once for what site you are a follower of)

giveaway ends on monday, july 5 at 8am, pst
please check back next week to see if you are the lucky winner!

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215 hello's:

  1. Love the "Summer Birds" earrings!

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  2. I love the Tree Crown necklace, I'd give it to my mom for her birthday in July.

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  3. The Tea Crown necklace is beautiful.

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  4. So hard to choose! I love the Birds on the Wire pendant and the Tree Crown necklace and earrings!

    nystrom.jen@gmail.com

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  5. What sweet jewelry! I love the bird nest brooch :)

    amanda.rose.walker@gmail.com

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  6. So many lovely things!!! My favorite is the "Sweet cat necklace", very delicate!

    naomemandeflores@gmail.com

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  7. I'm flipping over the Paris Ring! It's gorgeous!

    logan 4301 at yahoo dot com

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  8. I love the Fly Birdie earstuds. lovley.

    also I "liked" oh hello friend on facebook!

    mylife4hisglory@gmail.com

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  9. Following your blog

    logan 4301 at yahoo dot com

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  10. "Spring Flowers Locket" is my favorite. There are so many lovely things, but I've always had a little addiction to lockets. (:

    rindefield@live.nl

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  11. Love the little girl pendant and the springflower locket, beautiful jewelry!

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  12. http://www.etsy.com/listing/48899262/colors-swirl-necklace

    this necklace is my fafourit!

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  13. I am a follower of your blog

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  14. Oh; i absolutely adore this cute rabbit necklace! http://www.etsy.com/listing/49508066/the-cutest-rabbit-necklace

    I'll blog and tweet about it ;)

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  15. I absolutely adore the Spring Flowers locket and the little girl silhouette necklace. They are both so cute.

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  16. I am also a follower of your blog.

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  17. I loveeee the spring flowers locket!

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  18. the "little girl silhouette" necklace is adorable! the "sweet cupcake earrings" are a close second : )

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  19. i'm also a blog follower : )

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  20. Little Girl Silhouette necklace is my fave! So cute!

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  21. The color swirl bracelet is my very very very favorite. I love it!

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  22. Love the Vintage Flowers pendant. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Also, I'm a follower via GFC.

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  24. Love the wind song pendant and the paris ring.

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  25. i love the birds nest brooch! i <3 turquoise & birds, so it's perfect for me! thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  26. I love the typewriter bracelet!

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  27. I love love LOVE the tree crown necklace =]

    itsstefanyduh@yahoo.com

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  28. I really like the Tree crown necklace. :)

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  29. Little Girl Silhouette necklace
    is nice man~~~~~~~~

    love it too much~~~

    like yr artwork,very unique~

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  30. Ridiculously gorgeous! I love the Birds on the Wire pendant...I want it. I want it.

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  31. The jewelry line is beautiful - and so are the photos!

    I couldn't resist this werewolf necklace:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48227640/werewolf-necklace

    So cute!

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  32. Thanks for the chance. My fav is the vintage flowers pendant. So pretty. I am also following your blog and am a facebook fan. Thanks!

    email: waitingonchrist@yahoo.com

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  33. And I shared this giveaway in my Facebook profile:

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/anapina?v=wall&story_fbid=115490111830852

    Hope to be lucky ;)

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  34. I love the spring branches earrings!

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  35. I also follow you through Google Reader.

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  36. my fave item are the delicious tree crown earrings--love the turquoise!

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  37. i love the typewriter bracelet! I love anything that has typewriters on it haha!

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  38. I love the sweet pendant necklaces. I think Little Princess necklace is my favorite. Great find!

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  39. What lovely jewelry! Yet another amazing giveaway.

    I am a follower of the blog and oh, Hello Friend on Facebook.

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  40. i love the Sweetcupcake ring and the BOBO Sweet Brooch:)

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  41. tweeted this too!
    https://twitter.com/theshopbug

    thanks for this lovely giveaway:)

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  42. Here's my Tweet:

    http://twitter.com/Taralee13

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  43. I love the little girl silhouette necklace. What a beautiful shop!

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  44. They are all so beautiful! It's hard to choose! I really love the Petite Dragonfly necklace.

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  45. The "Tree Crown Earrings." OH MY GOODNESS! So lovely! I would love to win them! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

    xoxo Maddie
    http://www.spidatter.com

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  46. I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter. I'm @youngsinla

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  47. I now follow you on Twitter! :)

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  48. The Bird Nest brooch is absolutely adorable!! Definatly my first pick!!

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  49. i love the little girl silhouette necklace!

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  50. I love the vintage flowers pendant! So pretty!

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  51. loooove the ironical locket!

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  52. I am a Twitter follower! I can be found @jillianturner

    XOXO

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  53. So many gorgeous items! My favorites are Autumn birds Pendant (red) and Little Girl Silhouette necklace.
    Ivana

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  54. I love the cats earrings!And the clover ring!And the red butterfiles earrings!Aaaah!Too cute all!
    Ria
    freeeedz(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. I am a blogger follower and a fb fan as Ria Kod!

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  56. I love the Spring Branches earrings. How gorgeous!

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  57. I love the red butterfly earrings!
    so pretty!

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  58. Love the Color Swirl's and Spring Branches necklaces, ca't decide!

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  59. my favorite item?"catbeads" sure!!!

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  60. just blogged here! :)
    http://bussolacreazioni.blogspot.com/

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  61. Oh I think it is too late for me to join this giveaway, since it says June 21st, but I absolutely love the tweet-tweet earrings. They are adorable!

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  62. Oh wow. These people make stunning jewelry, really. It's hard to say, but I think I would have to go with the Tweet-Tweet ring for my favourite.

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  63. I absolutely love all things with birds right now as I plan our wedding next year. So my two fav items are the tweet tweet ring and the Fly Birdie ear Studs

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  64. I LOVE the flower garden bracelet! So lovely.

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  65. I love all their jewellery. Polina and Sergey are so talented. At the moment I think my favourite piece in their shop is Color's Swirl necklace
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48899262/colors-swirl-necklace

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  66. Love the birds on a wire necklace! so cute! Everything in the shop is so gorgeous!

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  67. I tweeted the giveaway @lightkeeping

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  68. Heres the link to my tweet as well! :)http://twitter.com/jenny0125/status/17269994745

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  70. I follow your lovely blog now.
    lightkeeping[at]mail[dot]ru

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  71. What a lovely shop :) Thanks for all the advices!
    I love all the pictures on your shop and my favorite item is the animal brooches, my daughter would love it! It is so hard to choose between the royal bear, the bobo sweet and the hedgehog!

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  72. The red butterfly earrings are right up my alley!!Love this jewelry!

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  73. Hello,

    I adore the Hedgehog and Apple brooch!

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  74. I am a blogger follower !

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  75. I love The Cutest Rabbit necklace
    really pretty

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sumikoshop

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  76. I add on facebook http://www.facebook.com/sumikoshop

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  77. Beautiful, lovely, perfect. I love this shop so much! I have a hard time picking favorites! I think, perhaps the dragonfly necklace? Or the clover jewelry. So beautiful!

    Do you have the deadline wrong? I hope we're not trying to win something that ended in the past... :)

    I love your blog!

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  78. I love the little princess necklace! Her work is amazing!

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  79. I like the Spring flowers locket. It would be awesome to win, and have pictures of my two kiddos in it.

    llwaltz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. I really like this brooch: http://www.etsy.com/listing/48244442/bird-nest-brooch

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  81. love the Omm earings and the Spring Flowers locket!

    I'm a follower via blogger and bloglines... :)

    blythehill@gmail.com

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  82. LOVING the typewriter bracelet!!
    -K

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  83. i love the ommm earrings!

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  84. I love everything!! The little girl silhouette necklace caught my eyes though.

    PS: it says... giveaway ends june 21st at 8am.....??

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  85. I didn't have to go through 3 pages to find one thing i like because I love it all.. it just so happens that the beautiful clover necklace lays on that page in all of its glory.. ugh i need that necklace =]

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  86. Love the Ommm earrings and the Petite dragonfly necklace!

    Also, I am a blogger follower.

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  87. Tree crown necklace is awesome!!!!

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  88. Oh how I loveth the Little Girl Silhouette necklace and the bird song bracelet! I added this site to my favs so hubby will "find it" when picking out my b-day present! LOL! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  89. I love the Egg Nest Brooch. It's so cute!

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  90. And I'm a blog follower!

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  91. Love the clock!

    XOXO,

    http://outfitidentifier.com/

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  92. Oh, this makes me wish my ears were still pierced... but, failing at that, I love the dreaming ring! What an absolutely beautiful painting.

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  93. The Ironical Locket would work beautifully for me. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  94. Definitely the tweet tweet ring. So sweet!

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  95. I like the petite dragonfly necklace.

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  96. The red butterfly earrings are awesome! I'd wear those all the time =)

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  97. What lovely and clever jewelry at Beauty Spot!!! I could give the Paris ring to my daughter's best friend, the cupcake earrings to my friend's daughter, love the colour swirl necklace. So many wonderful things to choose from.

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  98. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nannos-Shop/286053445441?ref=ts Posted a link on my Facebook page!

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  99. I am also a follower of this blog. =)

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  100. Love the Spring Flowers Locket!

    Happy Monday!

    o(dot)moronu(at)gmail(dot)com

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  101. I also blogged about the giveaway at
    http://barristerbride.blogspot.com/2010/06/giveaway-oh-hello-friend-50-gift.html!

    Thanks!

    o(dot)moronu(at)gmail(dot)com

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  102. wow beautiful jewelery!! i love the Ironical Locket Delete necklace!! very cool!

    im also a blog follower! thanks

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  103. I love the Red butterflies earrings!

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  104. already following on twitter!

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  105. I love the little rabbit necklace. So sweet!

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  106. i love the flower garden bracelet. gorgeous stuff.

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  107. Love the tree crown necklace!

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  108. I love the turquise Tree Crown Earrings! So lovely!

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  109. I love those butterfly earrings and the clover ring! Just Fabulous!!

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  110. i love the spring flowers locket & petite dragonfly necklace. but everything is so beautiful!

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  111. i love the spring flowers locket :)

    abbymartell@hotmail.com

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  112. Oh, the Little Girl Silhouette locket is lovely!

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  113. ooo! i love the spring flowers locket!...or the paris ring :) too much pretty to decide. haha!

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  114. & im a follower of your lovely blog!

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  115. I adore the "Paris Ring" the most =D

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  116. I am also a follower of your blog!

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  117. I adore the "Flower Garden" Bracelet!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  118. "Tweet!"
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/17303373048.
    Again, many thanks!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  119. I follow your blog via Google
    Friend Connect...
    Merci, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  120. So many pretty things, I think I like the Butterfly Ephemera bracelet most. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

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  121. Such whimsical things! Love her things! My favorite is the Spring flowers locket. So beautiful!

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  122. i love the tree crown necklace!

    squirrelgonutz [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  123. i'm also a blog follower!

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  124. They are so delicate, elegant and melancholic! I love the flower garden bracelet, the birds on the wire earrings, the petite dragonfly necklace and the tree crown earrings.

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  125. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/DiaLaChrysomele/status/17310571146

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  126. I'm a follower of your blog and Twitter.

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  127. oh, I'm loving the Colour Swirl necklace. Stunning!

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  128. I love the clover necklace and the princess necklace! Such delicate pieces with a fun childish twist.

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  129. This is a beautiful shop indeed! And I like the 3 rules they live by :) I have a thing with dragonflies, so naturally I'm smitten with their Petite Dragonfly necklace! x

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  130. I didn't know her shop and now I can't stop looking at it! her creations are so beautiful! I love the Catbeads necklace!

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  131. Published on my facebook profile! http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=655535161

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  132. My favorite are the Red Butterflies earrings. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win such a generous gift from such a beautiful shop. :)

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  133. I follow you via Google Friend and Twitter.

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  134. gorgeous jewelry! love the girl's silhouette necklace.

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  135. oh, i am LOVING the petite dragonfly necklace... adorable!!

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  136. i also posted about it here:

    http://leighashley.blogspot.com/p/giveaway-central.html

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  137. Well, though it was hard to choose, my favorite item is the "Little Girl Silhouette necklace"

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  138. And I do follow you here on blogger as well as on Facebook (and I think Flickr too...)

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  139. I love the Ironical Locket... Ha! Think if I wore that, I'd be able to delete whatever I wanted? I'm gonna go with yes. :)

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  140. fly birdie ear studs!!! I even like typing the name!!!

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  141. ps- Im following your blog!!

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  142. I love the Tree Crown earrings. Gorgeous color, and neat design as well. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  143. I am a follower on Blogger!

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  144. I love love love love the clock locket!

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  145. I also became a follower on facebook =)

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  146. i like the ironical locket! perfect since i have a bit of a nerdy husband. :)

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  147. also blogged :)
    http://missprovencio.blogspot.com/2010/06/gorgeous-giveaways.html

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  148. One of my favorites is "The Cutest Rabbit necklace".

    hotpepper71 at bell south dot net

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  149. tweeted: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/statuses/17353501393

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  150. following you on twitter as SnowflakeDay

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  151. I love the Dreaming Earrings.

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  152. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/cmjhawaii/status/17368399737

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  153. love the windsong necklace!
    brookebee at gmail

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  154. I love the spring branches earrings! (:

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  155. My fave item:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48899262/colors-swirl-necklace

    ashley l.
    jepeuxetsy @ yahoo . com

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  156. I'm in love with the "Once Upon a Time" locket. It would serve as a sweet reminder to always take advantage of the time I've been given.

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  157. I like the color's swirl necklace... but I had a tough time picking a favorite!

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  158. I love Once Upon a Time locket «3

    semyachkina@gmail.com

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  159. + http://www.facebook.com/semyachkina

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  160. I haaaave to have that muffin ring! :D oh my. :) It's ordered this second. thanks for showing me! :)

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  161. Oh! Lovely items! My fav is the cutest rabbit necklace! Thanks!!

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  162. So many wonderful things...
    I was in the hospital and missed my Mom's B-day so I'd pick the Birds Nest Brooch and give it to her!

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  163. the ironical locket is so fantastic! i don't think a piece of jewelry has ever made me laugh so hard!

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  164. i twitted and am now following you on twitter!

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  165. Oh my! This silhouette necklace is divine..
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48592050/little-girl-silhouette-necklace
    thanks for the intro to such a lovely shop!

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  166. follower of your lovely blog

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  167. I have to choose just one? Oh, that's going to be hard! Well, I think I'd wear the Ironical Locket every day but I also like the Little Princess necklace - it's so cute! :)

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  168. And of course I am a follower of your lovely blog + twitter :)) xo

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  169. everything is just too cute! if i had to choose, the tree crown necklace definitely tops the list.

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  170. everything is just too cute! if i had to choose, the tree crown necklace definitely tops the list.

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  171. everything is just too cute! if i had to choose, the tree crown necklace definitely tops the list.

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  172. that is so lovely!

    cauthen.ashley@gmail.com

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  173. I just adore the retro chic accessories she offers!

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  174. I follow you on Facebook :)

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  175. Of course it's Once Upon a Time :)

    http://gavrylyanka.blogspot.com/
    right panel

    http://vkontakte.ru/album20141760_112760095

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  176. And I'm a follower of your blog :)

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  177. Tree Crown necklace, i love it :)

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  178. What a lovely shop! I love the Cutest Rabbit necklace, with those tiny paste-colour flowers, the cute bunny and the shape of the pendand!

    PS: I also follow your blog! ^__^

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  179. My favorite item is the Vintage Flower pendant.

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  180. I like your blog !!Thank you. They are really great .
    do not miss my goods , they are very beautiful !!
    Fashion watches
    Discount watches
    Antique pocket watches
    Engraved pocket watches
    pocket watch

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  181. Мне очень понравился медальон "Силуэт девочки:)

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  182. also posted about it here
    http://telyuk.blogspot.com/

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  183. For some reason I wanted to cry when I saw the "Paris ring". Definitely a favorite item.

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  184. These items are so unique and lovely!

    My favorite is the Tree Crown Necklace - great colors!

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  185. Everything's beautiful, but I think the Birds on the Wire earrings are my favourites!

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  186. i love it all but my favorite was the sweet cupcakes ring!!

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  187. p.s.

    i facebooked toooo. =))

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/che.lumbres

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  188. What a lovely giveaway and an adorable shop! I'm particularly fond of the spring branches ring and the spring flowers locket. So feminine!

    Thank you!

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  189. ooh i really like the: Tree Crown necklace

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