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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 :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Celebrating 2200 Facebook Fans


Welcome to my blog celebration for reaching 2200 Facebook fans!  As always, I am first and foremost grateful to all of the fans, past and present, who have helped me reach such an amazing goal.  Every time I reach a new goal, I'm certain that the next one will be much harder to achieve than the last - and I'm always stunned when it happens when I'm not even looking.  That was certainly the case this time.

As many of you may or may not know, the last month has been very challenging for my family.  We found ourselves in the midst of a hail storm ( golf-ball sized hail borne by 80 mph winds) that damaged our house and our vehicles.  To make matters more difficult, we've had almost constant rain since then that has made having repairs completed an adventure.  I'm happy to report that we've gotten the repairs made and are well on our way back to normal (whatever THAT is) and look forward to the end of the rainy season.  I want to thank everyone for the patience, support and love that you've shown my family during this time.  It could have been so much worse for us than it was and we are grateful to be counting our blessings instead of our losses.

So let's celebrate, shall we?  The prize for this milestone is a 16 gauge copper Half-Persian 4-in-1 bracelet.  This bracelet is something that would appeal to both men and women and I will adjust the length to custom-fit the winner's needs.  It closes, at present, with a heavy copper lobster clasp, which I will switch out for a toggle should the winner prefer.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post with an email address or how to contact you through Facebook.

This drawing will stay open through Friday, May 6, 2011 at 9 pm CST.  I will then use random.org to select the winner.  Best of luck to everyone and thank you all for your continued support!

68 comments:

  1. Karen, you are the best! Congratulations on reaching yet another milestone!! I'm so very thankful your family was spared of any injury in that horrible storm, and also thankful that you're on the backside of clean-up and repairs! It really was a rough month for you, but you came through it with grace and positivity like always.

    Cindy Soulshine
    soulshine4me (at) gmail (dot) com

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  2. Beautiful bracelet, Karen! So happy to hear you are all back on your feet. <3

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  3. Thank you Cindy and Deb :) I'm so pleased to be on this side of it too - and happy to be back in the swing of things and being able to count my fans as one of my many, many blessings :)

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  4. Congrats on the fans. Hope you get better weather soon, of course here in CA we are already hot.
    Machell
    machell.duke@sbcglobal.net

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  5. Karen, congratulations again on reaching yet another fb fan milestone- you deserve every one of those 2200 and more! Glad to see you back online and on fb, and very happy to know that your family is safe! I think you know how to contact me...as if you could forget!

    <3 Maria

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  6. I'm so happy none of you were injured and that everything got fixed. Send some of that rain our way, though. Maybe it'll put some of those fires out on its way.

    Viking.jones.jewelry (at) gmailDOTcom

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  7. I am so happy for you, Karen. Your talent deserves a large following!
    You can find me on Facebook (ginnydrisc) <3

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  8. Your an inspiration to all going through difficult times, it is possible to rebound with gratitude and a smile. Congrats on meeting your goal, can't wait to help celebrate the next one! Reen Duncan

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  9. Gorgoues work, as always. Love seeing your creations ;')

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  10. OMG Karen...That is sooo gorgeous!! As is everything you make hun! <3
    You know where to find me! ;D

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  11. You make such beautiful jewelry. You deserve to have lot of fans.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  12. Congratulations, Karen....very deserving!! Of course I love all of your pieces and this is no exception!
    Elaine ~ e.gill@sasktel.net

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  13. congrats...and you weldeserve all the fans, your creations are always so unique and beautiful !!
    Dora Muller on FB

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  14. Sharon Wagoner said: Oh Karen that is just my size....lol I love it so much!!!!! Fingers crossed X

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  15. Sharon Wagoner...Woops I forgot my e-mail address: cokeacolaslw@yahoo.com
    sorry

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  16. Karen, you are an inspiration to me daily through your friendship and your stunning work & "mama hen" you are for us girls. I am so blessed to be able to call you friend & look forward to many more milestones & benchmarks & beautiful years of friendship! <3

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  17. Hope things get better soon!

    Colt

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  18. Karen!!!!! How's Texas treating u? I thought it was spring? Lol just stopping by to say Congrats on the growth of ur business and I continue to pass ur name along! :) <3 am

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  19. Cindy, Deb, Machell, Maria, Ginny, Reen, Teena, Patti, Eugenie, Elaine, Dora, Sharon, Cori (I love you baby - and if you make me cry one more time today, I'm going to make you jewelry from kleenex!) and Colt - you are each entered to win :)

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  20. So glad to hear things are looking up for you and your family. Everything seems to come at once sometimes. The bracelet is beautiful, and congratulations on 2200 fans!
    sljwogaman@gmail.com

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  21. Thank you Sandy - you are entered too!

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  22. I love your work with the chainmaille! Owning a piece would be awesomest :D
    http://www.facebook.com/Angelic.Clips

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  23. This is a gorgeous bracelet and awesome way to celebrate reaching 2200 fans. Congratulations! I can be reached sunshineshook@msn.com or http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561315833

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  24. Well done Karen. Been a bit behind the times myself with our own family challenges. I am pleased to hear that things are getting back to normal for you. This bracelet is stunning xx

    thetribe08@xtra.co.nz

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  25. Thanks for all the beautiful things you make.
    dove.rebecca@yahoo.com

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  26. yet another beautimous piece of jewelry Karen....as always! so glad everything is getting back to normal for you...we certainly missed you in your absence!

    Love ya...Kat
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595312204

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  27. Congrats on your 2200 fans, that is awesome, your work is beautiful. ashleysmomscat@yahoo.com

    June

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  28. YAY for you Karen!! So happy for you! emily@brighteyesdesigns.com

    Em

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  29. Congratulations on another fan milepost :) You are the best ever! So glad you came through the storms ok. Love you bunches :)

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  30. Way to go, Karen! I'm glad to hear you and your family are well. Thanks for yet another opportunity to win some of your amazing items. You really are the best! :)
    tribtanydesigns at yahoo dot com

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  31. One of the weaves I have yet to try and you did a gorgeous ( as always) job on it!

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  32. Amanda, Angel, Sharon, Anita, Rebecca, Kat, June, Emily, Michelle, Britt and Bette - you are all entered to win :)

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  33. Congratulations on your fan base! Glad everyone
    is o.k. after all the storms.
    Rene Viola
    rockhound22@rocketmail.com

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  34. Hi, I'm glad you survived the storm..love the chain.

    Drue Zell

    http://www.facebook.com/PurplePebbles

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  35. Thank you so much Rene and Drue - you are both entered to win :)

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  36. Karen-Congrats on your new milestone!! So,so happy to have been able to be a sponsor at your last fanfest and look forward to celebrating you again in many more times to come! Very happy everyone in your family was and is safe and sound! Also hoping your lil' Mickey and Minnie are on the mend!

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  37. Thanks so much Liz - you are entered! The little ones ARE doing better, thank goodness :)

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  38. I'm so glad that life is back to 'normal' as you define it for your family!! ;) Congratulations on this milestone. You're gonna go far girl!

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  39. It's a beautiful piece Karen, thanks so much for the chance to win it

    Atoxim at gmail dot com

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  40. Just gorgeous! Thanks for such a cool contest, Karen! And congratulations on the well-deserved milestone.

    feathermaye at gmail dot com

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  41. I love your Footprint pendant the best of all! I will be purchasing it very soon hopefully! cant wait to own my first piece of your jewelry!
    vangie_m23@hotmail.com

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  42. Leslee WoodyardMay 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Wow! Kudos to you Karen...what a great ride, huh!! You continue to impress, inspire and motivate me! I am so glad I 'found' you :)

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  43. Hello Karen, very seldom have I seen such talent! What you do is creative, innovative and simply beautiful. I love your work. I remember how I came across it, it was in the blissful beads page and was mesmerized by your work. You are indeed more than talented, you are gifted! Keep up the good work and may we celebrate with you, 3000 more!!!!

    Jennifer Fernandez (Jenny from Jennys Jewels)
    jfernandez@gibtelecom.net

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  44. Danielle, Claire, Heather, Vangie, Leslee, Jennifer and Ashlie, you are each entered to win :)

    Vangie, I wanted to tell you that I'm as impressed with those footprints pendants as you are, but they are not my work! Those are by Tricia over at Endless Possibilities and are SO special!

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  45. Bless your heart, Karen!!! You are always so gracious to share your successes and knowledge with others even when things aren't pleasant! You were missed when you were off taking care of the wrath of Mother Nature. Glad you and your family are safe! We are here to support you and more than willing to help you celebrate your milestone!

    Big hugs to you and your precious family! I, for one, am glad to be a part of your vast online family!

    Kat
    http://www.facebook.com/KatsCustomKreations

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  46. She made a custom order for me and I love it and I love this jewelry too. love love love it.

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  47. Karen my daaawwwwwllllliiinnnnggg! you're moving up so fast I MISSED this one lol COngratulations!!! I am hoping to get some repairs made here @ home too! I am just grateful you guys & gals are all ok <3 & as always LOVE your work & the inspiration you continue to give! *hugs from KY*

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  48. Congrats Karen.
    You have been so great to all of us smaller shops, giving shout outs, supporting us with questions and just being great.
    Your pieces are great and I look forward to seeing what else you create in the future :)

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  49. Wow! Congratulations! 2200+ is an awesome milestone - and well deserved.
    This bracelet, like all of your work, is gorgeous!
    heidig@gmail.com

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  50. Congratulations! I salivate over your new pieces every time you post, and would be ecstatic to be the lucky winner. :) My email is jessica.blacknall@gmail.com, and you can contact me on Facebook as Jessica Lee Blacknall.

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  52. Congratulation on 2200+ fans, Karen! I love all of your work!

    Praying that you and your family are headed for better days!

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  53. Kat, Joanna, Junie, Sherry, Heidi, Jessica, Sara and Jamie you are each entered to win.

    Thank you all for the love and kind words! When people ask me why I do so many give aways or why I do so much to support the work of others, THIS is why! I say it all the time - I have the BEST online family of fans and friends that a girl could ever want. You are all part of the blessings I count each and every day.

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  54. so sorry to hear about all the weather issues Karen, but glad to hear you're back on track. I love this bracelet!!

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  55. Glad things are better now.....love this chain...Suzanne Edwards....sweetsuetu@gmail.com

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  56. I am here to drool over this bracelet and ENTER TO WIN...hehehe! Great work like always and CONGRATS on the 2200!!!! Woot!!!!

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  57. Karen, you know how much I love your creations and this bracelet is no exception! I LOVE IT! I love copper, too. It is my new favorite metal :) Silver did go down a little over $3 today, but copper is still my metal of choice. Love this!
    Sue Pettit
    spettit1@gmail.com

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  58. Well Poo!!! I posted few days ago but was wondering if it went through as FB was being a total butt-head that night! I don't see my post so here I am once again....gotta get in on this!! LoL Your work is just absolutely beautiful & like I told you when I first saw & posted to your page; soon as my financial situation turns around....I am SHOPPING! :) CONGRATS on all your fans; you so deserve them & more with the talent you have...Just AWESOME!! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity & so glad life is getting back to 'normal' (whatever THAT is) for you & your family! Best wishes & God Bless....
    Kristi Larson
    dzsweetbaby@ yahoo.com

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  59. This bracelet caught my eye when I saw it on FB. Congrats on so many fans!

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  60. Deb (Daffydills), Suzanne, Amanda, Sue, Kristi and Jeanne - you are each entered to win!

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  61. Simply beautiful!

    Samhally at sbcglobal dot net

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  62. You are truly an amazing lady - everything that I have ever seen on your page is STUNNING - i love every single item - am so dreadfully untalented myself - apart from being a Dr Doolittle with my animals! Keep on turning out pieces like this - and you will be at the 2.5k fan mark in no time - I thank Junie for introducing me to your page - and thank you for making it so worth revisiting so often.... Jan Jamieson
    email addy janice-jamieson@hotmail.co.uk

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  63. So beautiful!!!:) Love the copper!:) Am going to have to buy something soon!!:)

    heatherjcramer@gmail.com

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  64. Samantha, Janice and Heather - you are each entered to win!

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