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Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Karen Snyder and I've been a crafter for about as long as I can remember. I am a stay-at-home-Mama of two beautiful children with a husband who makes my dreams possible.

This blog is about all sorts of crafting. I am a paper-crafter from early days, a jewelry-maker with an unending obsession for chain maille. I make chain maille purses, many of which will be chronicled in this blog as their future owners await their completion. I love metalsmithing. I am an indifferent beader and don't get me anywhere near seed beads... they scatter, screaming to get away from me. I love to try new things, have a short attention span so if its a long-term project... I'm probably not doing it LOL.

If you have questions, ask. If you have tips, share. Same with suggestions - share! I want this to be a great forum for people to brainstorm and problem-solve with a good attitude. Crabby Apples need not respond, this is a feel-good kind of blog :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

700 Fans Give-Away - Let's Celebrate Some More!

I know you have been wondering what the give-away will be for reaching 700 fans, right?  Well here it is!  These earrings are a brand-new O. Sebastian design and I'm in love with them.  I've been on a "fidget" kick lately -- meaning that I've been fascinated with making jewelry with elements that spin, twirl, or otherwise give you something to fidget with while you are sitting still.  Did I mention I don't sit still very well?  I bet that doesn't surprise any of you one bit :)  These earrings are made with sterling wire, beads and findings and those focal beads at the bottom?  Those are 15mm gorgeous, dark purple amethyst drum beads that have been in my bead box for a long while, just waiting for me to do something wonderful with them.  (The beads approve of this design, by the way.)  The best part is that the drum beads spin like little wheels, so you can sit and fidget with them as you wear them.  There are also a couple of crystal AB 6mm Swarovski crystals thrown in... you know I can't resist adding a touch of sparkle.  Hope you love them too!

Wait?  What's that?  OH!  You want to know how to win them!  That's easy -- just leave a comment on this post over sometime between now (which is about 8 pm on Thursday, August 26th) and 8 pm (central standard time) on Saturday, August 28th.  That happens to be my birthday -- see how clever I am with all this celebrating?  When you post, tell me what you think of the earrings and leave me your email address so that I can contact the winner after I draw a name on Saturday.

Thank you all for being a part of helping me reach 700 fans -- I could never have done this without you :)

36 comments:

  1. I love the twist to them :) i cant sit still either and i always mess with my earrings lol :) anyways like always your work is wonderful!
    love ya!
    ~Ashley
    ca320019@yahoo.com

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  2. Congrats and I LOVE THEM!!! Nice work !!

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  3. these are beautiful and I love the idea of fidget jewellery! I do twiddle with my drops it has to be said!
    twistedimaginings@hotmail.co.uk xx

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  4. Thank you Heather, Ashley, Amanda and Faye! I've seen so many fidget rings and I thought, "Hmmm... wonder if I could do something similar with earrings?" It appears the answer is yes!

    Heather and Amanda, you forgot to leave an email address!!!

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  5. Love them! I'm another one that needs something to fidget with. Monique xx

    originalmischief@gmail.com

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  6. Thank you Monique -- you are entered :)

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  7. This new earrings are different! I like different and I love beads that spin or twirl...very playful!

    fresapapaya@yahoo.com

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  8. Thank you for the chance to win these beautiful earrings. I love the fidget jewelry idea. Your work is wonderful and I love being your friend on FB.

    Penny
    pennyspad@sbcglobal.net

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  9. Karen, such a very different and creative pair of earrings...I really like these... you did good girl !!!! And have a great birthday too. :)

    twowild4tv@msn.com

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  10. The design is gorgeous! Color is fabulous! Your jewelry is so unique and beautiful...I absolutely love it! Cyndi
    altria72@yahoo.com

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  11. they are beautiful and one of a kind uniqueness. perfect for my ears :) hint hint lol

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    dushane_r@msn.com

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  12. Lisa White said....I think they are as wonderful as you are Karen!! LOL You can't really beat adornment AND functionality!! davlis@xtra.co.nz

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  13. OMG Karen - you've done it again!

    I MUST have them! All my fav things - amethyst is my birth stone as well as my fav one & I LOVE silver and sparkles!

    If I don't win I'm ordering some! mum2boys@live.com

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  14. Awusum design and the best part the drums moves as well. People like me who never sits without doing something will be playing with it for sure :)
    Thanks Karen and Happy Birthday in advance :)
    Im_not_a_princess@hotmail.com

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  15. Beautiful!

    Sylentskye at gmail dot com

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  16. Thank you everyone for the compliments and the birthday wishes!
    Vivi, Penny, Dora, Cyndi, Regina, Lisa, Anne, Ms. Passion, Toosh, Mia and Maria - you are all entered :)

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  17. Sorry I missed out on the drawing...

    BUT:


    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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  18. Bette you didn't miss out on the drawing -- its still going through Saturday! And thank you for the birthday wishes :)

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  19. (Clearing my throat...)
    Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Karen....happy birthday to you!! And many more!!
    Bet you didn't know I could sing that well, eh?!
    BTW, beautiful earrings!!

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  20. LOL Elaine! Lovely voice :) And thank you for the compliment -- you are entered :)

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  21. Beautiful as always! bjeweled_1@yahoo.com

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  22. Happy Birthday Karen!!! many happy returns and blessings to you :)

    the earrings are gorgeous! ohhh you could do a little windmill as a focal, you know the ones that the kids blow in the wind and they spin.... yeah, im crazy :p

    xox

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  23. Thank you Bev and Carla, you are both entered!

    Carla, you are a GENIUS... now I just have to figure out how to make a windmill out of beads that are not seed beads... because seed beads hate me LOL! Although I have been working on some glazed paper jewelry ideas. Hmmm....

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  24. Thank you twice Ashlie :) You are entered!

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  25. lol go on, make a silver windmill, you know you can :p

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  26. I've been drawing them out for the past several hours. I think I have an idea worked out LOL!

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  27. oh im excited, you will have to name it after me now :p lol

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  28. I know! How fun will that be, to have a piece named for you :)

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  29. Happy birthday! They are beautiful, no surprise coming from you! Congrats on the 700 as well! Tiffany Loveland

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  30. Thank you Tiffany :) You are entered!

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  31. Those are great!!! :)

    fluentedesigns@gmail.com

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  32. Thank you Jennifer -- you are entered!

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