Monday, September 21, 2009

Everyone loves "Falling In Love" - Here's Your Chance to Win

This week's giveaway is titled "Falling in Love" and happens to be one of the favorite pieces of its designer, Kari Bailen of DesignsbyKari on Etsy. This lovely design retails for $18.

Kari describes it with these words... A lariat design, this necklace measures a long 24". A single Green Obsidian Stone passes through an oval shaped connector. Swarovski crystals dangle from the oval to add a bit of color and sparkle. Double the loop for added security, wear this piece at any length.

Before I tell you how you can win this gorgeous piece, let's find out a little more about Kari through her answers to the interview questions I asked her...

Many jewelry artisans create their designs based on a "connection" that they have with a specific subject or historical period that holds an allure for them. What inspires your styles? Simply, Color. I love to play with color and combinations of color. Sometimes coming up with an unusual duo I [have] the most fun. As far as style, I look to what I like, what catches my eye and what’s popular now. I confess, I read the gossip magazines too!

Being the mother of 2 and a navy wife with a husband who's away alot must get hectic. What's a typical "day in the life" of Kari? Oh gees! My children are split, 9 and 2, so my day begins early, around 5:30, getting the kids up and ready for school and daycare. I work full time for 2 brothers who are engineers. They are busy and quite demanding at times. Then shuttle kids home, make dinner, bath time, story time, bedtime, kiss the hubby if he’s home, and flop. I simply must find time for crafting or reading or something just for me in there somewhere as well, but you can see there’s not much room to groove!

You have an October birthday coming up. Being an October baby myself (and also having a son whose birthday is in October) I've always loved being able to celebrate autumn in a special way (and combining birthday parties with Halloween parties!). What do you like about being born in October? Oh, being from the North East, Maine in particular, I love fall! I love the smell of the air, how crisp and fresh it is in the morning. I love the changing of the leaves. As a young child raking the leaves into monstrous piles and leaping in was the most fun to be had in a weekend. I’ve even jumped in a few piles as a mommy. It does seem to hurt more than I remember.

My Birthday is the day before Halloween, birthday parties were always themed; mom always wanted it to be fun and different. These days birthdays come and go, but I can let my kids have those fun Halloween parties.

While you currently are making Mississippi your home, can you tell us a little bit about some of the other places you've lived? As a military spouse I’ve been all over. I was lucky enough to spend a three year tour in Germany. We were able to use the transit system to see a lot of Europe. My fondest memory has to be of the “Neushwanstein Castle” It was magical. I also lived in Georgia and Oregon.

What one television character do you simply adore? With my schedule there is not much time for TV. However, I do get a bit excited when Dora the Explorer comes on. It means mommy has 30 minutes uninterrupted…

What is the best birthday present you've ever received? My hubby is the best; he’s always thinking and listening. Two years ago I got an amazing sewing machine, and table. It’s gained a bit of dust here lately, but I’ll be dusting it off soon.

Now that you know a little more about Kari, I'll tell you how to win this gorgeous necklace!

To receive your first entry in the drawing for this lovely necklace, simply visit DesignsbyKari, find your favorite item in the shop, come back to this post and list the item description along with your contact information for an entry in this giveaway.

Additional entries may also be obtained by a separate comment as follows:

To receive 2 additional entries, make a purchase at DesignsbyKari and post the item description (title) in this posts' comments.

Receive one additional entry for following Kari on twitter at http://twitter.com/designsbykari

Receive one additional entry for following Kari on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DesignsByKari

Receive one additional entry by becoming a new blog follower at http://mysticwynd.blogspot.com/ - post the date you began following in this posts' comments. (If you already follow this blog, that counts as well!)

Receive one additional entry for blogging about this giveaway (Post your blog link in the comments on this giveaway)

Receive one additional entry for tweeting about this giveaway (Post the tweet url in the comments on this giveaway)

In addition to the entries for the giveaway, I'm adding a little extra incentive to anyone who enters one of my weekly giveaways between now and December 20th. See the details here.

The drawing for this giveaway will be made promptly at noon (MDT) on September 28, 2009 - good luck everyone!

(Don't forget that everyone who enters any giveaway on my blog is also automatically entered in a quarterly drawing for a $25 gift certificate to my shop, Mysticwynd on Etsy. The next quarterly drawing will be held on December 1st!)

69 comments:

lin3arossa said...

I love the hot pink links.
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lin3arossa said...

I put a link back to this post on my blog.
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lin3arossa said...

I'm a new Bloglines follower
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Altered Beauty said...

I have been a follower of this wonderful blog for a while :-D
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Altered Beauty said...

Here is my favorite item. I love this color; what a beautiful set!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30919348
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BeadedTail said...

Wonderful interview and beautiful necklace! In her shop, I love the Pocket Full of Posies earrings!

BeadedTail said...

I'm following Kari on Twitter now!

BeadedTail said...

I've been following your blog for awhile now! :D

The Giveaway Diva said...

Love love love the Pocket Full of Posies earrings! they are sooo cute!!!

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Suzanne said...

My favorite item in the shop is the Teal Chrysanthemum Necklace.

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Suzanne said...

I follow on twitter. (kiddo47)

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Suzanne said...

I'm a fan on facebook.

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Suzanne said...

I tweeted.

http://twitter.com/kiddo47/status/4169911195

kiddo47.etsy.com

Egater said...

i love Turquoise Delight

Egater said...

i follow Kari's twitter

i-am-amazed said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30852352

Diana said...

I love the A Candy Drop 4 Every Day. All the 7 colors are wonderful and you can even mix them together.
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Mer said...

i love the purple chrysanthemum necklace! thanks for the opportunity!

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wendy said...

I love all the items.. My favorite is The Rock of Love necklace.

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wendy said...

i'm a new follower. September 22 2009

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AlisonWonderland said...

I love the Lemon Drops...the weather's been gross here lately-all damp and grey, it's wonderful to see cheerful bright colours!

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TopHat said...

My favorite is moon glow necklace because I just love purple!

Lily said...

I love the Cranberry Chrysanthemum Ring and Earring Set!
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Dina (XYYan) said...

my fave is Lily Fields Necklace

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Soy Pea said...

I love those opal lights earrings. I love the colors.

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Soy Pea said...

I'm following Kari on twitter

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Soy Pea said...

I'm Kari's fan on facebook too.

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Soy Pea said...

I'm following your blog as of 9-22-09

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Soy Pea said...

I tweeted

http://twitter.com/soypea/status/4176042315

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michiganhemp said...

I love Kari's rings! I have two on the way to my house right now, and this is my favorite from her shop!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28204320

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michiganhemp said...

I have been following Kari on twitter for a while now! :)

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michiganhemp said...

I have also had her as a friend on facebook for a while. :)

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squareby said...

I keep alternating between the Plum Trumpets and Lemon Drops. They're both so pretty, one flirty and the other modern. Very nice!
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Bombtastic Belle said...

I like the Daisy Mae necklace and the Lemon Drop earrings :)
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Liane said...

I like the Candy Drop 4 Every Day!

Liane
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BrigaBauble said...

Kari's "Bluestone Honker Ring" (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29326686) is absolutely gorgeous and, of course, the name is fab!

Flamingo Junction said...

I love Kari's jewelry and have a few pieces already!

My favorite in her shop right now is these:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25537528

Love the color and shape!

Abigail said...

I really like the Tiered Pearls earrings.
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apgovalias said...

my favorite item is the turquoise delight necklace

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30305959

description: An Indian feel, this necklace has a 35mm filigree brass focal piece with a turquoise glass cabochon secured to the center. Ribbed turquoise glass beads accent the two sizes of brass cable chain. A simple lobster claw clasp makes for easy on and off.

thanks!

caitlinhyla at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I love the Purple Chrysanthemum filigree necklace! The flower is so pretty!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29458941

janetfaye said...

I like sea shells necklace: A lovely Aqua dyed Mother of Pearl piece is centered between two cobalt sea glass beads. Delicate silver plated chain and a hook and eye clasp.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

DesignsbyKari Facebook Fan - Janet Fri

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AmandaSue said...

Antiqued Silver Beach Charm Bracelet- is cute! I really like it because it reminds me of all the wonderful beach vacations I've taken. Thanks for entering me into this giveaway.

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bison61 said...

I like the Rose O earrings I love the pink color
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29682830

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The Fam said...

The Pocket Full of Posies earrings!

beautifulwithbrains said...

I like the falling in love necklace, it's beautiful!

Aik said...

I love the Sweet Enough for a Honey Bee earrings and the Moon Glow necklace.

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Aik said...

Following on Twitter @aikchien

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Aik said...

I'm a Facebook fan. (Aik Chien)

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Aik said...

I'm a new follower.

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Linda K said...

I love the Chunky chalk necklace

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Kat said...

My favorite are the The Looking Glass
Description
These are the cutest little fused glass earrings. Jet black glass with satin blue centers. The glass cabochons have been provided by Etsy's own, FirstLightGlass. They are approximately 10mm square and secured to hypo-allergenic surgical steel posts. Ear nuts included.

Kat
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f.sarah said...

i love the Cranberry Chrysanthemum Ring!

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f.sarah said...

i follow you now!

The Snob said...

the appletini earrings are perfect. i'm bookmarking them now!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31206582

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designsbykari said...

I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments and Mystic for hosting such a wonderful giveaway.

Keep entering, lots of time left. :)

Kari

Andrea said...

I like the pansies in red earrings the best.

malibu.bunny.xo said...

Love the Lemon Drops earrings!
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malibu.bunny.xo said...

I follow Kari on Twitter
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malibu.bunny.xo said...

I'm following your blog starting today, September 24 :)
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Kate said...

many beautiful pieces, and what a great interview! what a busy and talented lady!

my favorite is the pocket full of posies earrings : http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29727749

and i just bought these beauties at an insanely great price!

http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=19780531



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Salad for Breakfast said...

i like the Sea Shells necklace!

Heather said...

I like the Earth Candy - Green Ring.
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Michelle said...

I really like the Opal Lights earrings. Thanks for the chance to win.

Melody said...

I like Lime in the Coconut Earrings.
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andrea v said...

I really like the opal lights earrings. thanks
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Mona said...

I liked the Turquoise Delight.

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Mona said...

I became a follower.

sabrita said...

My favorite is the Lily Fields necklace. The simple flowers and silver are so elegant.



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