Beads, Giveaways and contests

And the winner is …

I numbered pieces of paper for each comment I received on the 100th blog post, put them in a bowl and got my 8 year old to draw a number from it.


The winner of the necklace is



Congratulations! Let me know where you would like me to mail your necklace! And thank you everyone for playing!

Beads, Giveaways and contests

Still time to enter giveaway!

giveaway necklace collage

There’s still time to enter the giveaway for this necklace. Leave a comment on the original post here before 11pm Australian Eastern Time (that’s 9am on the East coast of the US and 2pm in London). I’ll post the winner tomorrow!

Beads, Giveaways and contests, Recipes

One hundred posts, a design update and a giveaway!

I recently reached a couple of blogging milestones—I’ve now got around 110 followers of my blog according to WordPress (this number includes those of you who receive an email from me every time I post a new update and those of you who follow through the WordPress Reader), and this is my 100th post!

So to celebrate, I’ve updated my blog theme (actually, if you’re a regular visitor, you’ll know I updated it a few weeks ago now) and added some new elements to it, to make it easier to navigate.

You’ll now be able to find links to all of my recipes on the Recipes page, which can also be accessed via the tab at the top. And I’m in the process of putting a link to all of the blog hops and challenges I’ve done on another page, which I hope to have up and running soon. This should make it a bit easier to find posts.

Now for the giveaway! Here’s a necklace featuring a gorgeous bead by Aussie ceramic bead-maker Natalie Fletcher of Peruzi, which I’ve used as a focal for a long necklace. The bead is glazed in olive green with subtle hints of blue and a bronze-y brown, and has a lovely embossed bird of paradise pattern. I’ve paired it with Czech glass beads and antique brass. It’s quite a long necklace, but could easily be shortened.

giveaway necklace collage

To win it, follow my blog—you can follow by email, through WordPress’s own reader if you are a WordPress user, or via an aggregator (there’s a button for Bloglovin’ in the side bar to the right)—and leave me a comment telling me how you follow my blog. I’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments I get!

Make sure you leave me a way to get hold of you. International entries are most welcome! I’ll close entries on Monday evening at 11pm Australian Eastern Time, which I believe is early Monday morning in the USA and Monday afternoon in Europe! (Can you believe I forgot to add a closing date and had to come back to edit this post? Doh!)

And come back this weekend for the reveal of the Summer Color Surprise Blog Hop, hosted by Lisa Lodge.


Pay it Forward—Handmade

If you’re looking for my Bead Soup Blog Party reveal, click here.

And if you’re looking for my Challenge of Travel post, click here.

There’s a new game doing the rounds for bloggers. It’s called Pay it Forward—Handmade. I’ve seen a similar thing on Facebook, now blogs are joining in the fun! I came across it on Karen Mitchell’s blog Over the Moon Design, and since then I’ve seen a few more bloggers playing too.

Here’s How It Works
I’ll send a surprise gift to the first three commenters on this blog post. The gift will be a handmade surprise by me and will be sent to you some time in the next 365 days (yep, mystery gift at a mystery time).

Here’s what you need to do, leave me a comment and make sure you include your email address (if your profile doesn’t include it). I’ll email you for your snail mail address and ask a few questions (likes/dislikes, favourite colours, sizes, general stuff like that). And I’m happy to send gifts overseas!

To complete signing up you MUST play along too. To do this you must blog a similar post and pledge to make a surprise gift for the first three people who comment on it.

So, do you want to play? Comment below and I’ll sent a thoughtful handmade gift to the first three people who do.

Let the fun and games begin!


We interrupt this broadcast to tell you about …

… a giveaway! No, not mine. Lori Anderson—she of the Bead Soup Blog Party—is having a massive giveaway on her Pretty Things blog and one of the requirements of entry is to spread the word by blogging about it. Consider it done Lori!

Oh, and what is she giving away, you ask? Well, there is not just one , but five different prizes up for grabs. A beautiful set of beads from the recent Bead and Button show in the US, a copy of her soon to be published book, a copy of her blogging inspiration e-book “Follow the path”, a Bead Soup tote bag and a mystery pack of beads and findings from Lori’s stash. Personally I’d be happy to win any of it, but the beads … sigh! Aren’t they beautiful?

I promise I’ll be back later this week with a new recipe, and on Friday/Saturday I plan to have something to show you as part of Erin Prais-Hintz’s Simple Truths Celebration Blog Hop.