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Saturday, November 20, 2010

feeling lucky (& wired whimsey giveaway)

I have to be honest, I am feeling a little stressed about Christmas shopping this year.  We have a lot of extra people spending the holidays with us, and my role as "Santa" means I have a lot of stocking to fill.

I normally love finding special and unique gifts for each person on my list.  However, the sheer quantity this year is stretching both my creativity (of which I have little) and my budget.  I am pretty good at stretching my money through coupon shopping, which means that Santa will be bringing everyone a variety of toothbrushes, lotions, & body wash this year.  Unconventional, perhaps, but those low-cost (or free) stocking fillers are always needed, and will leave room in my budget to find something truly special for each person.

A few weeks ago I was poking around on Etsy.com and came across a little shop called Wired Whimsey, which was full of gorgeous and totally affordable handmade jewelry.
Each piece is completely one-of-a-kind, and the hardest part is choosing which one to get.  I loved everything and i couldn't choose, so asked Christy Klein, the enormously talented designer of Wired Whimsey, which piece she recommended.


She told me about her new Pennies from Heaven collection, which she hasn't "officially" released yet, and I was hooked.  Each necklace is made from a genuine penny that has cut in the center with a symbol, and then accented with a Swarovski crystal.  The symbols include a dove (for peace), clover (for luck), feet, (for perseverance), butterfly (for kindness), heart (for love), cross (for Christ), star (for hope), & angel (for faith), (and the necklace is a steal at only $15.50.)  I knew there was one special gal on my list who could use a little sparkle and a lot of luck, so I chose the clover.


It arrived a few days later in a box so adorably packaged, I was almost afraid to open it.  But I couldn't help myself, I had to take a peek.  The necklace is absolutely stunning and so perfect, I am almost beside myself.  One perfect stocking stuffer down.  If only I could get this lucky all the time.


But I hope you are feeling lucky too, because there is more good news.  To help celebrate 30 days of Holiday Cheer here at Living Well, Spending Less, Christy is giving away one Pennies from Heaven necklace to one very lucky reader.  This collection is not even available for sale yet, (it is set to release on Black Friday) so you are seeing it here first.  The winner may choose from any of the symbols listed above.


Here is how to enter:

Mandatory Entry:

-Visit Wired Whimsey's Etsy Shop and tell me which incredible piece of jewelry you like best, and who you would buy it for. (1 entry)

Optional Bonus Entries:

-Become a follower of Living Well, Spending Less via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, or RSS feed.  Leave a separate comment below to tell me how you are following. (1 entry)

-Visit Wired Whimsey's blog and beecome a follower via Google Friend Connect or RSS feed.  Leave a separate comment below. (1 entry)

-"Like" Living Well, Spending Less on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment below. (1 entry)

-Follow me on Twitter.  Leave a separate comment below. (1 entry)

-Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter or post it on your Facebook wall.  Leave 3 separate comments below. (3 entries)

-Post a link on your blog to this giveaway.  Leave 3 separate comments below.   (3 entries)


Entries for this giveaway will be accepted through Friday, December 3rd, and I will draw a winner at random using Random.Org on Saturday, December 4th.




57 comments:

  1. I am in love with those green apple czech glass earrings!

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  2. I follow you via RSS feed.

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  3. I like you on Facebook.

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  4. I love the "strength" breast cancer awareness necklace...I know two survivors so I'd give it to one of them.
    cherlynjpeters(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  5. I follow through gfc
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  6. I don't know how to pick. I see so many things I like (all of which I'd get for myself). The Vintage Marbled Blueberry German Glass and Silver Adjustable Ring really caught my eye. And I do love that pennies from heaven collection... thinking of that for my SIL.

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  7. Silk Swarovski Crystal and Sterling Silver Exclamation Point Necklace - Exclaim -

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  8. I would love the Vintage German Glass and Brass Flower Earrings for myself ;)

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  9. I follow you on facebook.

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  10. i LOVE the Gunmetal Swirl and Swarovski Bicone Necklace!! i would probably give it to my sister-in-law, but it would be hard not to keep it for myself!!

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  11. i shred you on my facebook page!

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  12. i shared you on my facebook page!

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  13. i shared you on my facebook page!

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  14. i am following you on networked blogs!!

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  15. What cute stuff she has!! I love it all...is it selfish to say I want the Lemon Lime Swarovski Crystal Filigree Flower Lariat Necklace for myself?!? :) And free shipping? Awesome!!

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  16. I follow you via networked blogs and google.

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  17. I follow Wired Whimsey via google.

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  18. I think the .Oxidized Silver Stamped Necklace - Achieve would be a great gift for my daughter's preschool teacher!

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  19. I love the Antique Copper Filigree and Vintage Glass Bracelet. It's got the uniqueness that I look for in jewelry. However, it's also right up my mother in laws alley, so it would be a gift for her.

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  20. Thank you for this review, Ruth! I've been looking all over for a "Mom" necklace for myself (initial charms and birthstones of kids) and haven't been happy with anything I've seen. I contacted Christy and she's going to make me exactly what I want - and for a fraction of what the other stores were charging!! :)

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  21. Ruth I am adding you to my RSS feed. Love your site and all your helpfulness.

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  22. I love the Wired Whimsy Necklaces - Imagine, Believe, Achieve........couldn't decide which I liked the most so if I buy I might have to do all 3. LOL!

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  23. I've added your site to my favourites when I viewed your story on Crystal's card making. You rock girl!

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  24. There are lots of beautiful pieces and I can't believe what a steal they are! I think my two favorites are the Lemon Lime Swarovski Crystal Filigree Flower Lariat Necklace and the Marbled Blueberry German Glass and Silver Adjustable Ring. Certainly my sisters would love them. What a great idea about a "Mom" necklace, too. Thanks for letting us know about all of these great sites.

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  25. Square Orchid Czech Glass Bracelet and Topaz Swarovski Teardrop Necklace are wonderful and I think I would choose those. Since I'm pretty much done with Christmas shopping it would be for myself.

    Tina "The book lady"
    http://holidaygiftsandmore.blogspot.com

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  26. I'm following you on Twitter @familyliteracy

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  27. I'm following you on FB - Tina Peterson
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  28. I'm following you on GFC - Tina Peterson
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  29. Visited Wired Whimsey's blog & followed on GFC
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  33. I would buy the green apple Czech earrings. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Prague and I loved all the Czech jewelry and this green is one of my favorite colors!

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  34. I follow with the RSS feed.. and cyberstalk most every day *blushing*... Love what you're doing here..

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  35. Following the Wired Whimsey site too!

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  36. I would treat myself with the Topaz Swarovski Teardrop Pendant Necklace on Sterling Silver - Topaz Tears

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

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  37. Google Friends Connect - following your blog publicly as Louis

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  38. I like your blog on facebook (Louis Here)

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  39. following you on twitter @left_the_stars

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