weekly giveaway - $100 to blush envy:

July 12, 2010

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update: 7/13: blush envy has generously offered a larger prize -
one lucky winner will get a $100 gift certificate!

the jewelry from blush envy is simply gorgeous. i can't really write any words to describe it, i think you can only see through pictures and i am sure in person these pieces are all the more beautiful. brandy's lovely shop is brand new (just created in may!) but she's already made it to the etsy front page! she creates the most amazing pieces and has a great eye for photography too. i love all her unique clay floral pieces - the bib necklaces are definitely my favorite. this week, brandy is generously offering a $100 to anything in her shop!

please note: this giveaway is only open to us & canada residents:
sorry to our friends in other countries!

win: $100 gift certificate to
blush envy!

Hello, please tell us a little about yourself: Hi! I've been in the product design business for what seems like forever-all kinds of products from holiday to wedding to kids rooms. I come from a large family, and we were pretty poor growing up-something I'm grateful for now. "Whaaat" you say-lol! Yes, I am grateful! It gave me opportunities to dig down deep and tap into the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and creativity passed down through the genes of amazing parents who had no choice, but to stir up those gifts in themselves. But how incredible they are is a whole 'nother story~ for now let's just say, I'm eternally grateful to them and grateful to God that when you let Him work it out-even the ugly can become beautiful in your life.

How did you get started making your lovely jewelry pieces? Necessity really - I have to make a living and am a terrible employee-scratch that, I'm an excellent employee-I just have no desire to be one anymore. Once you work for yourself, it tends to ruin you for other opportunities of employment-lol. The jewelry has been in my sketchbook for a while, just waiting for a chance to come to life- I had been doing bouquets for Brides, but it was wearing me out quickly. The work was extensive, tedious, and extremely costly. In the end I wasn't even breaking even. It wasn't an end, but a beginning-the opportunity my sketches had been waiting for.

What inspires you day to day? I think this is the are I've been neglecting lately-I've been so caught up in working, I've forgotten to feed my imagination. I'm so inspired by random things, but brain storming with a creative friend and having fun conversation about what we're both working on is top of the list. After that it's pretty much visual for me-magazines, shopping-who knows? It can be anything...

Any advice for aspiring small business owners?
1-Keep your sense of humor in tact. It's such a privilege to work for yourself, but you chance burning out faster doing it than anything else because the commitment is so huge.
It takes ten times the time, effort, hours and money to make it happen. If you loose your joy-you loose.

2-Surround yourself with encouraging people who have succeeded! This one is so important- you can never learn enough to become better at what you do. If you don't have supportive family, don't use it as an excuse to feel sorry for yourself- get out there and make friends with successful people in your town. Get involved, start friendships and learn their secrets...you'll find that most people are very willing to help you as long as you're willing to put in the work to make the changes and grow! Find the business networks-they are full of resources. Your product, your work, your art isn't perfect and can always be improved-so take the criticism and grow!

3-don't get stuck in a rut! Grow, move, change...be flexible! Time moves forward and so must we as business owners, or else what we offer gets stale-yuck!


3 chances to win!

( COMMENT TO WIN )
simply visit blush envy and leave a comment
with your favorite item from glenda's 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 19th at 8am, pst
please check back next week to see if you are the lucky winner!

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ps: the winner from last week's giveaway from ninu
is #35, kelly! check the winner's page for a list of all winners.

296 hello's:

  1. i love Paper Rose Floral Ring Burnt Gold

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

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  2. Oh Gosh, Oh Gosh, I have to DECIDE?! They're all gorgeous! They look like fresh floral arrangements! Completely fantastic...uh..uh...my favorite...uh...Paper Ranunculus Rose Floral Necklace.

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  3. Paper Rose Ring in Snow is to die for :) beautiful collection.

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  4. Wow, I've never seen such unique stuff before. If I have to choose, I'd go with the Paper Rose Floral Ring Burnt Gold.

    nystrom.jen@gmail.com

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  5. The Classic Green Envy Pearl Necklace is beautiful :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I am a follower of your blog.

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I would LOVE the Paper Rose in Jade. So simple. So stunning.

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  8. I love the Daisy Chain necklace. Overall, the collection is absolutely beautiful and unique.

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  9. I had the hardest time deciding between either the Ivory Pearls on a Pendant or the Paper Rose Ring in Ink Blue and I know I have to choose the ring, one because i love love love rings and two because I have fallen in love with this one! It's so cute and can go with so much stuff!

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  10. And I am a facebook fan!

    emily@eClairecreations.com

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  11. fave: dots modern earrings
    deannalw47 @ hotmail.com
    xoxoxo

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  12. I love the paper rose necklace in jade! So beautiful!!

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  13. i love the Grass Green Paper Rose Floral Ring so pretty.

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  14. mmm...i love the daisy chain with the greens/yellows/blues...such lovely things!

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  15. I love the rings, but I could really use a new necklace...I've been wearing the same one to everything! I think I like the clay rose necklace the most, the one that's supposed to be a smaller version of a hinged bib necklace. :)

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  16. Also, I'm following the blog! :D

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  17. I like them all! I think my fave is the lavish bird on a wire necklace?? I can't decide ;)

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  18. Love the paper rose rings and the rianunculus necklaces!

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  19. My favorite is Classic Green Envy Pearl Necklace !

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  20. I love Paper Flower Bib Necklace (Ranunculus And Roses Grey)

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  21. I am a follower of your blog.

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  22. Ohh they are all so beautiful and unique! I have to say my favorite is the Secret Garden Paper Rose Bib Necklace In Pool and GrannySmith! Beautiful

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  23. i love the paper rose ring in snow! i am also a facebook/twitter follower :)

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  24. i really like the golden lotus blossom necklace. it's a very interesting pendant and is a gorgeous color!

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  25. I've actually been following her shop for a while so I'm very excited about this giveaway! I love everything!! But if I had to choose for the gift certificate I would get one of the ceramic bib necklaces:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/50051350/garden-roses-clay-small-bib-necklace-in

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  26. i love the daisy chain necklace in aqua!

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  27. My favorite is: Secret Garden Paper Rose Bib Necklace In Pool and GrannySmith! thanks for a chance to win!

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  28. i'm a google follower of you!

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  29. I love the hined garden roses necklace - simply beautiful!

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  30. I love the Paper Rose Floral Ring.

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  31. I am also a follower of your blog!

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  32. Beautiful stuff! I can certainly see why she made it to the front page in such a short amount of time!

    I love the Paper Flower Rose Choker Boudoir Vintage Style. Gorgeous!

    Alice
    thepetersons13@mchsi.com

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  33. I'm an earrings girl, through and through, and I love the Dots Modern Earrings. Gorgeous jewelry! The bib necklaces would also be beautiful statement pieces.

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  34. so so gorgeous and delcitae
    one of my faves is the Paper Floral Garden Bib Style Necklace In Grey And Tan
    Thanks!

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  35. love the Dots Modern Necklace. Simple and sweet, indeed! classy and elegant, not too showy but totally cute with a simple white tee.

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  36. I follow you on twitter too! @jtonini

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  37. Beautiful work & a lovely store! Will be tweeting the giveaway, too :)

    ~ Kristen

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  38. I love the daisy chain necklace and the rosebib hinged necklace as well.

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  39. Lovely! My favorite item is the Paper Ranunculus Rose Floral Necklace. So pretty! Hoping to win!

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  40. OH! LOVe everything on there, ESPECIALLY the Ranunclulin pendant in coral blush OR the green envy pearl necklace. How would you decide! what a delicious giveaway. this jewelry is so unique!
    (tj28@mi.rr.com)
    Tereese :)

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  41. Love her works! My favourite has to be Modern Triple Bud Necklace in Island Waters.

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  42. oh wow! i love this
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48240906/secret-garden-paper-rose-bib-necklace-in

    so pretty!!

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  43. i already follow your blog!

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  44. My favourite is the Lotus Necklace in Grass and Coal!

    selena.lambertini(at)yahoo.it

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  45. posted on fb!
    http://www.facebook.com/littlemissswan

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  46. I love the Secret Garden Paper Rose Bib Necklace In Pool and GrannySmith. GORGEOUS! I think I would drape it across the corner of a picture frame in the living room instead of wearing it though. It's a work of art for sure.

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  47. what a beautiful shop! i LOVE the classic green envy necklace! so cute!!

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  48. and of course i follow your wonderful blog!!

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  49. i posted about your giveaway here:

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

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  50. gorgeous shop..such lovely pieces! esp. love this Island Necklace...
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/47903940/modern-triple-bud-necklace-in-island

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  51. Seriously, I have to choose just one? Then I want the Paper Ranunculus Rose Floral Necklace, it's my favorite.

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  52. I'm also a follower on twitter! http://twitter.com/jtonini

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  53. Love the paper rose ring in burnt gold!

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  54. oh so difficult to choose!!
    The modern daisy chain may be a favourite!!
    -K

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  55. Love the "Rose Bib Hinged Necklace."

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  56. I love the Garden Roses Clay Small Bib Necklace In Oatmeal :)

    jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

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  57. I follow your blog!

    jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

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  58. I'm also a Google Follower :)

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  59. How beautiful! I love the Secret Garden Paper Rose Bib Necklace In Pool and GrannySmith.

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  60. I LOVE the Lavish Bird on a Wire Necklace!

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  61. These pieces are so beautiful, like a fairy tale!!! It's a real pity only us and canada residents can participate =(

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  62. oooooooooooo I love everything in that shop! can't decide..........

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  63. I love the garden bib necklaces!! :) I think my favorite is the grey & tan one (colors I normally wear :)
    Thanks for this fantastic giveaway, Danni!! :)

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  64. Ooh, and I'm a follower (of course :)

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  65. Of course the garden bib necklaces are all gorgeous! I also love the paper ranunculas.

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  66. I think the daisy chain necklaces are my favorites, but it's so hard to choose!

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  67. I'm a follower of your blog through Google.

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  68. Hinged Bib Rose Garden Necklace gets my vote...so pretty!

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  69. Oh definitely the paper rose necklace in jade green...lovely!

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  70. What a gorgeous shop and a talented woman! I adore all of the paper rings! I would take one in every color! Thank you for another lovely giveaway!

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  71. i love the dots modern earings! So cute :)

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  72. Stunning! I love the Secret Garden Paper necklace
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46137590/custom-secret-garden-paper-floral

    SO pretty!

    tweetheartwallart@gmail.com

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  73. I'm a blog follower :)

    tweetheartwallart@gmail.com

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  74. Loving the Ranunculus floral cluster garden necklace.

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  75. I love the
    Paper Ranunculus Floral Cluster Garden Necklace

    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

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  76. I love the Dots Modern Clay Necklace. What a great mix of modern and frilly pieces!

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  77. eeeekkkk, what a gorgeous giveaway, please enter me! thanks

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  78. I just adore! the Dots Modern Clay Necklace

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  79. wow, they are all just stunning! but i love the paper rose necklace in jade green.

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  80. i love the paper rings!
    especially in mustard yellow!
    thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  81. That Paper Ranunculus necklace is too insanely stunning for words. These are breathtaking!

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  82. I think that these earrings are amazing!!!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46599786/dots-modern-earings

    kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

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  83. I adore the "Garden Roses Clay Small Bib Necklace In Oatmeal" - it's so gorgeous!

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  84. I really like the purple daisy chain necklace. It's super cute!

    georgessister (at) gmail.com

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  85. Wow. I never knew flowers could look so great and pretty!
    I really love the colour of Paper Rose Ring in Snow. The pale purple colour is just soooo irresistable!
    ; ) Lovely interview btw :)

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  86. facebook fan (melanie a)

    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

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  87. Hi Danni! Of course I follow your blog. =) I love the Secret Garden Bib Statement Necklace! It's so beautiful!

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  88. Hi Danni,

    I tweeted the giveaway too! =D

    Carol

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  89. Here's my tweet :)

    http://twitter.com/Taralee13

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  90. I love the Paper Rose Necklace in Jade Green!

    mrunamistry at gmail dot com

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  91. Oh my goodness its all so pretty! Ranunculus are my favorite flowers, so I love the ranunculus necklaces.

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  92. i love the
    Garden Roses Clay Small Bib Necklace In Oatmeal!! so lovely!

    blythehill@gmail.com

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  93. oops, i'm also a follower via bloglines and blogger

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  94. anddd i posted about it on The OC Gazette's facebook page!
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/TheOCGazette?ref=ts

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  95. I love the Secret Garden Bib is beautiful. I love those colors and have so much I could wear with it. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Debbie

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  96. I am a follower of your site.
    Debbie

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  97. Loving the Custom Secret Garden Paper Floral Necklace
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  98. Oh my goodness. I'm in love with this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/48370475/paper-ranunculus-floral-cluster-garden

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  99. Loving the paper rose necklace in Jade green!

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  100. My favorite is the Hinged Garden Roses necklace.
    Christina, considerthecoffee(at)gmail.com

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  101. I follow your blog!
    Christina, considerthecoffee(at)gmail.com

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  102. gorgeous giveaway! My favorite item is the Classic Green Envy Pearl Necklace.

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  103. i love the paper rose floral ring in plum!

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  104. I'm a blog and twitter follower ;)

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  105. I absolutely love the Modern Elegant Necklace! :)

    Michelle H.
    Michellemlhuynh@gmail.com

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  106. I am a fan on FB!!! I love it!!! Thanks!

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  107. loovee this "Modern Elegant Necklace" so elegant!

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  108. i am your blog follower and twitter follower too.

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  109. tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/ditamaulani/status/18376153330

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  110. Just one?? Ok I loooove the one as your profile pic on FB. the Secret Garden Bib Statement Necklace! Gorgeous!!!!!!

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  111. Some seriously gorgeous bling.
    I love the lipstick red paper rose ring. That is divine. All are lovely. Thanks for the inspiration! Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  112. I am a follower ;-)
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  113. I shared on FB. (Janea Soliven).

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  114. i liked the dots modern clay necklace. so gorgeous!

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  115. Love the daisy chains necklace in green! so pretty!

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  116. Here's a tweet about it! http://twitter.com/jenny0125/status/18378059069

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  117. And I'm a fan on facebook! :)

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  118. I just became a facebook fan!!! The stuff is so pretty!

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  119. I like the paper rose ring in snow :)

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  120. The Paper Ranunculus Rose Floral Necklace is so beautiful! I love ranunculus and featured them at my recent bridal bouquet. I wish I had known of this shop a few weeks ago!

    I am a fan on facebook and I shared the giveaway on facebook too.

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  121. I love any of the Paper Rose rings, and the navy dots necklace! Gorgeous pieces!

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  122. I am also a Facebook fan, a blog follower, and a twitter follower! I'm @seattlestevie

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  123. Everything is beautiful. Since I have to choose, I'm going with the Paper Rose Floral Ring Burnt Gold since I don't really dress up to warrant the statement necklaces.

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  124. Oh my! Sooo gorgeous! I love the Hinged Bib Rose Garden Necklace!!!

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  125. umm . . . I like everything. I think the Paper Ranunculus Floral Cluster Garden Necklace is one of the top favorites!

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  126. I like the Dots Modern Earings. They are so cute!

    jasminekwong@gmail.com

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  127. Tweeted ... http://twitter.com/catisakitty

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  128. I like the Ranunculus Pendant in Coral Blush. Beautiful!

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  129. I follow you through google reader.

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  130. I love the white paper Ranunculus necklace! So elegant! Thanks!

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  131. I love the Ivory Pearls on a Pendant and the Athena Large Round Clay Pendant in Pear.

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  132. Oh I adore the paper rose floral ring in plum! It's such a gorgeous deep color!
    kikisescapades(at)gmail(dot)com

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  133. Following your blog :)
    kikisescapades(at)gmail(dot)com

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  134. I can't decide! Honestly she is so talented and I agree that she is a great photographer. I love the Paper Art Vintage necklaces. Gor-to the-geous!

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  135. Definitely in love with the Secret Garden Bib Statement Necklace!

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  136. All so beautiful, it's a difficult choice but I choose the hinged bib rose necklace. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  137. Facebook post: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/hollycaur

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  138. My fav is the Secret Garden Bibb Necklace. It is sooooo beautiful.

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  139. What a beautiful shop! Thanks for sharing! My favorite item is the Secret Garden Paper Rose Bib Necklace. Gorgeous!

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  140. Follow on twitter (@lincolnlog)
    :)

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  141. The paper flower black choker. It is sooo pretty

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  142. amazing! I love Paper Ranunculus Floral Cluster Garden Necklace!

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  143. the hinge bibbed rose necklace is to die for!!!!

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  144. My favorite has to be the Clay Bib Necklace Garden Roses. The purple one is so cute.

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  145. It's all so beautiful...even her photos are gorgeous! I love the Dots Modern Necklace Tri Purples.

    Devin
    dbwais[at]gmail[dot]com

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  146. I'm a blog follower <3

    Devin
    dbwais[at]gmail[dot]com

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  147. These are breathtaking pieces of jewelry! My favorite is the Dots Modern Clay Necklace - I have quite a few dresses that this necklace would look absolutely stunning with!

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  148. love her paper rose necklace in jade. gorgeous green!

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  149. i also follow your blog via google reader.

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  150. Gosh I love ALL of her stuff. I really am loving the rings. I would love to see one up close and personal (ie on my finger!)

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  151. and I am a blog follower!

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  152. WOW! To have such talent - they are all so beautiful but a favorite of mine is - Secret Garden Bib Statement Necklace. Have you ever seen anything more beautiful1!

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  153. I couldnt choose 1 favorite so I chose 2...lol Either the Paper Ranunculus Floral Cluster Garden Necklace or the Lipstick Red Paper Rose Floral Ring. Both are so gorgeous!!

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  154. I am a blogger follower!

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  155. I love the Hinged Bib Rose Garden Necklace!

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  156. love the paper and antiqued brass necklace! so pretty!

    kylie

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  157. I LOVE the Paper Ranunculus Necklace and Paper Rose Ring in Snow.
    Her works are gorgeous!
    Beyza.

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  159. I'm loving the Paper Rose Ring in Snow! [lyndagp at gmail dot com]

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  161. this one's my fave:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/46156814/secret-garden-bib-statement-necklace:)

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  162. Yowsa's! I love it all! She truly has a gift. My fav is the Hinged Garden Roses Necklace. So sweet.

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  163. twittered it too
    https://twitter.com/theshopbug
    thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  164. i love love love her paper rings. either plum, or snow. everything is gorgeous!

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  165. omygosh how can younot just adore those paper ranunculas?

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  166. wow what a gorgeous shop and no wonder she's made the Etsy front page! I love the paper art vintage necklace but really, everything is just lovely! : )

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  167. I'm a google follower! : )

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  168. My favorite is the Paper Art Vintage Style Necklace!

    sparkle_and_fade@yahoo.com

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  169. oh wow, this is one of the most unique etsy shops i have seen in awhile! i LOVE the Daisy Chain Necklace! thanks for a chance to win!

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  170. Definitely the hinged bib necklace. So beautiful. Thanks.

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  171. Definitely the hinged bib necklace. So beautiful. Thanks.

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  172. I love the Ranunculus Pendant in Coral Blush. Thanks!

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  173. I love this shop! My favorite is the dots modern necklace in purple- so unique!

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  174. awww i'm head over heels in love with her pieces, they're stunning! my favorite has got to be the Garden Roses Clay Small Bib Necklace In Oatmeal :)

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  175. I love the Lotus Necklace in Grass and Coal! Favorite!

    Here is my facebook post:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/michellehergenrether

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  176. And I love the Paper Ranunculus Floral Cluster Garden Necklace- in pink. So pretty!

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  177. I like the navy dots modern necklace!

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  178. I really like the classic green envy pearl necklace or the trapeze pendant with silver pearls.
    flowerpower0097@live.com

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  179. tweeted http://twitter.com/cmjhawaii/status/18419559159
    flowerpower0097@live.com

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