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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 :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

1000 Facebook Fans? YES!

Yet again, I find myself flabbergasted and grateful.  All of you have made it possible for me to reach the incredible milestone of 1000 Fans on Facebook!  I could say "thank you" for days and it just wouldn't convey how appreciative I am to be so blessed.  I get to make pretty things for a living, watch my children grow up, take the time to revel in my husband when he's home, and enjoy people like yourselves in the course of selling my creations.  Life is indeed sweet!

So what's a grateful girl to do when something like this happens?  Why, she weaves up something pretty to give away!  1000 Fans is HUGE!  It has to be special.  So....  how about a full troy ounce of 18 gauge sterling silver, woven into delicious Byzantine chain maille?  Byzantine will always be one of my favorite weaves but it wanted a bit more drama this time.  So I added some larger 16 gauge sterling rings to break the pattern up a bit and really draw the eye.  This is a new design for my line and whoever wins this one will own the very first.  The clasp is a simple toggle that I made myself.  I hope you all like it as much as I do!  The bracelet is currently 8 1/2" in length and I will customize the fit for the lucky winner.

All you need to do is leave a comment below with your name and email address to enter to win this glorious bracelet.  Thank you, all of you, for being a part of this wonderful event!  The winner will be chosen by random drawing on Tuesday evening at 9:00 pm.

47 comments:

  1. oh it's absolutely beautiful i would be thrilled to wear this on my oh so beautiful wrist ;) Thank you for the opportunity i love to view your work
    Regina
    dushane_r@msn.com

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  2. Congratulations on the huge milestone, may there be many many more ahead!

    Claire Ryder
    Atoxim at gmail dot com

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  3. you've done it again - I LOVE this bracelet (like I love all of you creations!)!

    Teshia xxoo

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  4. Love it...GREAT WORK AGAIN!!!!
    Amanda
    flowerskissing@aol.com

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  5. Beautiful bracelet! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Jessica Musgrave
    jessica_lee618@yahoo.com

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  6. It is a gorgeous gift from a talented and obviously very grateful lady. Life is good. :) Congratulations to you! I hope this is only the beginning of your success.

    Deb
    Angeliz742 at aol dot com

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  7. Oh! Thank you everyone for such wonderful compliments! Regina, Claire, Teshia, Amanda, Jessica and Deb - you are each entered to win!

    And Teshia? I'd know it was horrible if you didn't like it :)

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  8. This is lovely!! Simple & dynamic:) I really hope I win this one!

    junie_milam@hotmail.com

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  9. So proud of you for reaching this milestone, Karen! And glad to have been along for at least part of the ride :) Byzantine is one of my favorite weaves also and this bracelet is simply gorgeous. Congrats!

    Meredith
    tilleyjewels@gmail.com

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  10. Thank you Junie and Meredith! What a lovely trip this has been to 1000 :) You are each entered to win!

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  11. Congrats on this milestone! This bracelet is fab and would look great on me! gloriasimpson@hotmail.com

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  12. Thank you Gloria! I bet it would look great on you! You are entered to win :)

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  13. "Girl you sure are moving way up the ladder " !!!
    Congradulations to a very talented and sweet lady. The bracelet is so pretty !!

    twowild4tv@msn.com

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  14. You rock :) but then you already know that! im so happy for you, and ive been researching places to learn Chain maille over here, you have inspired me! talk soon Cx

    Carla dascar@xtra.co.nz

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  15. Thank you Dora and Carla! You are each entered to win.

    Carla: I can't wait to see what you weave up!

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  16. Karen, this is stunning. You are so incredibly talented. Everytime I start to look through your products, I find something new to love. Just a Question - I am in NZ, how long would it take between ordering and receiving products. I would like to order a gift for a friend who is getting married mid December (Beach wedding). I need to know how long I have to get the money together LOL. And congrats on the 1000 fans. It shows how wonderful your products are!!

    thetribe08@xtra.co.nz

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  17. Thank you so much Anita -- that's such a lovely set of compliments you've just given me! I've done several shipments to NZ now and it generally takes about 2 weeks once I ship an item for it to arrive. Depending on what is ordered determines how long it takes to make, but almost everything can ship within a week of receiving the order. Hope that answers your questions, but don't hesitate to let me know if you have more. You are entered to win the bracelet too :)

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  18. By far my favorite piece of chain maille ive ever seen Karen!
    hopemhebert@hotmail.com

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  19. absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful bracelet!

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  20. Wow! The bracelet is stunning! Congrats on the major milestone, Karen. Such beautiful things deserve a large following!

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  21. Congratulations Karen! Made mymorning to see you hitting 1000!

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  22. Congratulations Karen! And OMG that is gorgeous! (Maria)

    Gossamer.Memories at gmail dot com

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  23. Congrats!!!Bette sent me!

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  24. Rachel Maria the4marias@aol.comOctober 4, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Congrats!!! I would be so proud to wear this bracelet!!!

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  25. I want to be included and win this gorgeous bracelet!!! I bet you know where to find me...LOL!

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  26. Congrats, what a awesome bracelet

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  27. Karen :)
    You make the world more beautiful both with your amazing jewelry and with your kind heart.

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  28. Wow -- thank you everyone for the compliments! Hope, Kathleen, Anne, Bette, Maria, Rachel, Sally, Christine and Michelle - you are each entered to win!

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  29. This entry is for Rene Alfano since my blog wouldn't be nice to her :)

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  30. Congratulations on reaching 1000 Karen, an amazing milestone and equally amazing bracelet to match!

    Paula

    sieradendesigns@hotmail.com

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  31. Thank you so much Paula! You are entered to win it!

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  32. Congratulations on your accomplishment!!!! And for making this beautiful bracelet. I would be a big hit at this party I am going to in Nov. I would love to wear it there. Thank you for the chance on winning it.

    Nina
    Neguas98@sbcglobal.net

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  33. Congrats! I would loveee this amazing piece but you!

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  34. Thank you so much Nina and Ashlie -- you are each entered to win!

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  35. I hope it isn't to late to enter. I have been away from facebook (went to fair today)

    Love the item. What a great milestone you have reached. I am very proud of you and all your hardwork.

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  36. Not to late at all Elainea! The drawing is tomorrow night so you are entered! Thank you so much for always being so supportive and encouraging Elainea, I appreciate it :)

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  37. WOW - once again an awesome piece, you're a true inspiration. Getting to 1000 is totally deserved xxx

    Cushla
    cushy71@hotmail.com

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  38. Thank you so much Cushla - I must admit, I feel a bit like a princess right now! LOL! You are entered to win :)

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  39. OMGoodness Karen! This is a gorgeous piece. Congrats on hitting 1k- I Like the way You Celebrate!

    Tammy Capps

    txtam25@sbcglobal.net

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  40. This is a beautiful treasure, Karen! Congrats on 1,000 fans!!

    Pam Lash (aka Mama LoveBug@ LoveBug Creations)

    pam_lash at yahoo dot com

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  41. I'm so lovin' this beautiful bracelet. A really amazing piece....very eye-catching! I'm sure you'll have some great sales with this piece! Best of luck!

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  42. Thank you so much ladies! Tammy, Pam (Hi Mama LoveBug!), Karen and Dawn you are each entered to win!

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  43. Pretty sure this would look AMAZING with my earrings!! Plus, it will save on postage! ;) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  44. Still loving it to bits... great work, I love to do a bit of mailleling myself..

    Leeanne Gray

    beadweaver65@gmail.com.

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  45. From you newest fan, Lea Ann, whether or not I win thanks a million for you advise and assistance. Your bracelet looks wonderful. leacochran@yahoo.com

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  46. Thank you ladie! Emily, Leeanne and Lea Ann you are each entered to win. Drawing coming up in just a few minutes!

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