Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year Giveaway!

Do you make New Year's resolutions? I used to, many years ago, until one year I realized that I was just setting myself up to fail. Judging from all the jokes about resolutions and long we can keep them up, I'm not in the minority on this one. Instead I like to come up with a theme for the year. One year was my year of taking risks, another was a year of creativity. There's no way to fail at a theme, and I've learned some very cool things this way.

As I was thinking over the different things I want to increase in my life, I realized that everyone around me has been encouraging me to put more attention on myself. Mr. LuckyGirl kindly calls me "frugal," but what he means is that I don't buy myself anything. Ever. I probably shouldn't tell on myself like this, but last June when I visited my daughter and new grandson, my daughter complained about my everyday shoes. They had a few tiny holes, and she thought I should replace them. She even phoned Mr. LuckyGirl and asked him to make me go shoe shopping. Here we are a good six months later, and I have not replaced those shoes. The holes are a bit bigger now, and they are not the least bit attractive.

So my theme for this year is Pretty. I will replace the shoes with pretty ones. (No real time limit here, I have 365 days, so I can't fail!) I'll make myself a few new pieces of jewelry. I may even do a bit of decorating. Or I may not. But whenever I'm stuck on making a decision, I'll ask whether a choice improves the prettiness factor around me, and if the answer's yes, then I have my decision.

I'd like to help you with your plans for 2009! The prize is $15 store credit toward anything in my Etsy shop. Take a look around Lucky Girl Trading on Etsy, then come back here and post a comment telling me which item will fit into your plans for the year. I'll accept entries until midnight (Eastern U.S. time) January 7. On January 8 I'll use the randomizer thingie to select a winner.

For an extra chance to win, post about this giveaway on your blog, including links to this post and my etsy shop, then come back here and post a second comment letting me know where to find your post.

Happy New Year!

53 comments:

Daisy Bookworm said...

Believe it or not but the cobra pendant and the "Red, With Benefits" pendant on your Etsy site would help me with my own goals for 2009. Among these goals I'm attempting to liven up my jewelry selection as I tend to go for muted pieces that have no real flair in them.

kat c. said...

Happy New Year!

The Sterling Silver Mermaid Charms DESTASH is nice...it would fit nicely with my new year..reminds me to take care of the people around me =)

katch05(at)gmail(dot)com

Sabiq said...

happy new year..!!! :D

John @ Family, Fitness and Finances said...

Looking forward to a great 2009! Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Marly said...

A blessed new year to you Peggy. The pink jade necklace is so pretty :)

Broadway Matron said...

I just got my sterling silver hearts and gemstone bracelet today - It is so GORGEOUS, you can't imagine. Well, I guess you can since it came from your shop. I did blog about it so maybe more business will be coming your way. Thanks!

Mariuca said...

May this New Year bring you more love, joy and success. HAPPY 2009!

Wishing on a Falling Star
Mariuca’s Perfume Gallery

PurrPrints said...

What a great idea--I like the theme concept much better than the resolutions one--I think my theme for this year will be tranquility/acceptance--I have a tendency to sweat the itty bitty stuff sometimes, and i think your circle of real life pendant would be the perfect reminder to me that circles don't always have to be, well, circular ;)

Rambler said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6805804

The Streaky Blue Rainbow Bubbles Dichroic Pendant is my fav item. Unique and fun the way I want my 2009 to be.

Shelley said...

My favorite is the Purple Pink Butterflies Fused Art Glass Pendant.

May all who read this have a HAPPY and Healthy NEW year.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Chris said...

My Fave is the CObalt Blue Swirls Pendant! Such fun stuff. I would love to start wearing more jewelry in 2009. As a mom to 5 young kids I tend to forget about myself, so fun new jewelry to make me feel pretty would be great in 2009!

kissyjensen at gmail dot com

Idiot on a Stick said...

I liked the Stripes Interrupted, on Mint. I'd like to learn to make that myself, although I don't really have access to a kiln.

You're very talented.

Split Rock Ranch said...

My favorite item on your site is the Layers of Purple and Green Dichroic Pendant. Purple and Green are my favorite colors and I especially favor them together! I love your idea of coming up with a theme for the new year and not putting unrealistic expectations or limits upon yourself or your life. My theme this coming year would be to take better care of myself and let my creative being soar like it never has before. I want to start making jewelry again so this purple and green pendant would be an awesome way for me to make a "test piece" for myself by adding gemstones and crystals to a necklace with the pendant as the focal point. Wishing you health, happiness and prosperity in 2009. May all your themes come true!

Teresa said...

I absolutely love the Stripes Interupted, on mint pendant. This year I plan to take better care of myself. This pendant would make me feel like I was pampering myself a bit.
TRigell at aol dot com

AmandaSue said...

I love the theme idea, I've learned to keep my goals simple so I can actually achieve them haha! This year its to worry less and have the best year possible! The "Rainbow Stripe Dichroic Fused Art Glass Pendant" would be wonderful because it would look cute and looking cute makes it easier to have a good year :) Thanks for entering me and Happy New Year!

RippingItDown said...

I like the idea of a New Years theme! I think mine for this year would be... Simple. I tend to overdo things, and come up with 15 ideas when one would do (and since I'm busy coming up with 15 ideas, I don't ever do the one). I think the Frosted Pastels Dichroic Glass Pendant would help me out here, because it looks simple, but yet very pretty, and would coordinate with almost anything!

On another note, one of my resolutions is to limit myself to craft supplies I'll actually use, ones that mean something to me, and I really like Celtic Rose knot charms- I studied in Britain for a year and a half, and I'm interested in Celtic literature, so they're a fit for me too!

JewelryInfusions said...

For me, the circle of life pendant is perfect stylistically and thematically. I love your idea of a theme for the year...and mine would be 'new beginnings'.

JewelryInfusions said...

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Jenna said...

My favorite item is the Green Striped Fused Dichroic Glass Pendant. Thanks for the giveaway!

Daisy Bookworm said...

Thanks again for hosting the give away. Here's the link to my post about it: Daisy's Thoughts .

RippingItDown said...

Thanks for holding this giveaway! I'm sure the winner will find it a great way to start the new year! I've just linked to your shop and back here in my blog post about the new year - http://etsysrippingitdown.blogspot.com/2009/01/welcome-to-2009.html

crystal said...

I enjoyed checking out your shop..Wow..way over 600 items...you go girl!! I found Many treasures and i will check out your shop often:)

I really love the Silver Musical Notes and all of the Lightning Bolt Pendants are so pretty!! I think those would be great for me for the New Year to make a charm bracelet with(it has to be my year to be crafty!!)

cyclona66@aol.com

Rita said...

I think the Lot of 3 Sterling Silver Shamrock Charms would represent my goal for getting into the college I want this year and the shamrock will remind me that its bit all about luck.
bookworm112292@gmail.com

Chris said...

I really like the Multicolor Red Orange Embers Dichroic Glass Pendant with silver. This is so beautiful and I love the colors. I'm going to try and be more "colorful" in 2009.

tiff said...

i think the Ocean in a Sea of Blue Dichroic Glass Pendant would look great for any occasion!

texan_michael(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Whimsical Creations said...

I would get a couple 16 inch Sterling Silver Twisted Rope Pendant Chains.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

elaine said...

Happy New Year! I really like the color of the Shades Of Blue Dichroic Earrings-gorgeous!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

That Girl Who Likes To Go, Go, Go said...

I am so drawn to the Golden Glow Fused Dichroic Glass Pendant, even after looking at all the rest, I had to go back to it

It's so full of joy, which is a great way to be any time.

Misty said...

i love the Green Sparkle Fused Art Butterfly Glass Pendant.
hope to win.
thanks
mommy2skie@yahoo.com

Mama Kelly said...

As with other years my hope for 2009 is transformation. In hat spirit, your Purple Butterflies Fused Glass Pendant would fit the bill nicely as a symbol of that desire.

Blessings to YOU in 2009!

sarah said...

i like the Red and Pink Dichroic Glass Pendant.

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

Vidia2Be said...

My fav is the Red and Black Abstract Fused Mosaic Pendant- its lovely!

Nicole said...

I really like the Circle of Real Life Fused Art Glass Red Donut Pendant. Thanks!

Cher said...

I am a butterfly freak so I would choose Green Sparkle Fused Art Butterfly Glass Pendant. Thanks!

Nothinglikeit said...

Your idea is SO much better than my concrete list of things that are sure to haunt me for months!

I like this piece - it looks good enough to eat!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7199631

Robin

britt farris said...

I'm loving the Cafe au Lait Fused Art Glass Pendant.... it prob won't help with the starbucks cravings though lol!
britt.farris@yahoo.com
thanks for the giveaway!

Rajee said...

I love Black and Silver Elegance Dichroic Glass Pendant

Rasberryswrlgirl said...

You have a lot of beautiful pieces. For me it's a tie between the Cobolt swirl pendant and the gold on the rocks pendant.

Happy new years to you!

dmlxray@yahoo.com said...

Lavender Blue Fused Dichroic Glass Pendant very beautiful and different

judybrittle said...

I just love the Green Sparkle Fused Art Butterfly Glass Pendant. That is really pretty. Mine is just going to be take one day at a time.

clenna said...

I love the Sterling Silver 4 mm Herringbone Chain 18 inch and need it for several pendants that I have but broke the chain.

Becky said...

I really like the idea of a theme. I didn't make a resolution but I know that I need to take better care of me and sometimes that means being a little selfish and taking time out just for me. I really love the colors you use in your jewelry. I have been wearing more jewelry this year than I ever have and it makes me feel better. My favorite piece from you is the Tri-Color Circles Dangle Earrings. I would love to try some dangles and these really caught my eye.

Thanks so much and good luck with your theme.

Tamara B. said...

I like the Aqua Blue Fused Glass Earrings. Too Beautiful. My New Year goais to get out of the housewife mentality and start dressing like my old self.

Sherry said...

I like Cheery Blue Stripe Copper Dichroic Pendant

Minxy Mimi said...

I like the Purple Butterflies Fused Glass Pendant
I wanna take this year and dress up more and wear jewelry again!
mimibunny31@gmail.com

Shelley said...

I am so partial to green that the 'spring snow glass pendant' spoke to me. Really, all these pendants are like candy on a chain! So pretty. My 'baby' is graduating from High School this year...kind of sad to see then grow and go, but good in a way too as they launch out on their own. I'd gift her with the certificate to memorialize this big stage in her life....maybe we could do a mother/daughter pendant to make it extra special or something...enter us please!

Diana D said...

Very lovely glass artwork. The piece titled color, color, color really caught my eye.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

H.S. said...

Purple and Pink Dichroic Glass Pendant seems to fit into my plans for this year! It's so sparkly and reminds me to shine in whatever stuff i love to do!

H.S.
tan.huishan(at)gmail(dot)com

mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

I think the Color Color Color Hodgepodge Dichroic Glass Pendant sort of tells me that life is made up of ups and downs which makes life colorful and interesting for one.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Cheers,
Melody
mel_88_88 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The Purple Hearts Dichroic Glass Pendant would help me achieve my goal of loving all the people who have a special place in my heart in 2009!

Crystal(manhattandolls[at]gmail[dot]com)

Mel said...

I love the Purple Butterflies Fused Glass Pendant! Also partly because it falls into one of my goals this year= to appreciate nature more..

dancerinthemaking(at)gmail(dot)com

mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

I blogged about your shop and blog giveaway at:
http://mel-88-88.livejournal.com/16918.html

Thanks for the giveaway!

Cheers,
Melody
mel_88_88 at hotmail dot com

chani said...

I really like your dichroic glass pendants.