Monday, March 25, 2013

Paying it Forward With a Chance to Win

This project began with a lovely brooch I had won in a give away listed on a blog called "Work of Our Hands" back in early February.

Work of Our Hands is one woman's story about life in Okajanda, Namibia Africa, what a small group of women are doing there to improve a standard of living. Namibia is a relatively young country having gained independence from South Africa in 1990 and being located along the western coast of Africa bordering Angola, Zambia and Botswana.  The blog author, Val has lived in Namibia with her husband since 2001 and has gathered experience working with these women and exporting their handmade products to the US and EU. She is back in the US presently and hopes to return to Namibia soon. You can find her blog by clicking on Work of Our Hands.  Also stop by her shop at ValsCeramicGarden where some of their handmade items including "Okawa Beads"  are sold. The profits from her etsyshop go back to benefit African women in the Work of Our Hands project.

And Now On With the Give Away...

As you may have guessed, I am so inspired with Val's project that I decided the best thing I could do with my winnings is to sponsor a 2nd give away. I really do love this brooch and was so inspired by the colors that I decided to make some polymer clay beads to match.

The beads have been strung into single strand or lariat style necklace which the brooch can be attached to and displayed as a focal at two different lengths. Like so...

All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment with a link to your email address. It would make me so happy if you decided to promote this give away on your blog or spread the word on facebook or will gain extra chances to win each time you choose to promote. If you happen to be a jewelry designer please consider entering to break up my strand and use the beads in one of your own designs... all I ask is that you display the new design on your blog or facebook and be sure to promote Val and her Work of Our Hands Project. I also have left over beads to add to this give away in case you would like more to make a bracelet!
To Win:
  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. For extra points, promote this give away on your blog, facebook and twitter etc. and let me know  in a comment here.
  3. Make sure I have a way of finding your email address.
The Winner Will be Announced on Wednesday April, 10th
4/10/13 Update: Congratulations to Christine Altimiller


  1. I like the colors too. What a unique piece!

  2. oh wow I really love this very much, and would love a chance to win. I will post back when I promote thank you

  3. Hi Lisa, I just posted your giveaway on my blog here

    and my email is

  4. Hi Lisa, What a pretty piece of jewellry! I've found my way here through kathyinozarks, who was kind enough to post the link. My email is

  5. Fabulous! I love the colours!

  6. the focal is beautiful and the beads you made go with it perfectly. love the fringe at the bottom! it looks like a sweet candy necklace :-)

  7. Very beautiful work, and very significant initiative! I'm going to share the giveaway on fb and twitter!!! Have a nice day!

  8. Lovely work Lisa! Thanks for dropping by today, good to 'see' you!

  9. Lisa, what a fabulous necklace - it's so beautiful!! I've got a post up today about another blogging friend's give-a-way, so I'll tweet this for now and do a little facebook link for you as well. Who ever wins this is surely fortunate!!Cheers! ~Shel~

  10. This is such a beautiful necklace! Work of our Hands sounds so special too!

  11. What lovely work Lisa. Would love to have a chance to win it!

  12. Lovely necklace! Great colors!!!

  13. Beautiful colours and a very lovely necklace!


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