It’s a Black Friday Giveaway – It’s also my FIRST Giveaway!!

Happy Black Friday everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I know we did. I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas. I’ll be spending my Black Friday decorating my little rental house. I wish we were in the new house, so I could go crazy, but I guess that will have to wait until next year. So who couldn’t use one of these fabulous prizes AND an Amazon gift card? $500 total value! I wish I could enter. Please share with everyone – the more the merrier.

42 blogs are bringing you an amazing giveaway to get your holiday season underway! We’re hoping to make the holiday season easier for one of our lucky readers, $500.00 worth of easier that is! 
The winner will be able to choose from an XBOX 360 Kinect Nike+ Bundle, a Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, or a KitchenAid 5 Quart Stand Mixer in the color of your choice! Oh and to top it all off, we’re going to give you the difference in an Amazon gift card to make your grand prize total $500.00
For example, if you choose the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ as your prize, it’s $229.00. 
$500.00-$229.00=$271 Amazon gift card. 
Amounts based on price at time of shipment.
Sounds like something you’d like to win, right? Well, without further rambling, on to the giveaway! Good luck!



Snowballs and Holly Berries – Christmas Jewelry

I started making jewelry last year. I made some zipper pulls for a few friends for Christmas. I’d seen a picture of one in a catalog and of course, in true diy fashion, I thought, I can totally make that. I went to Michael’s, gathered up some supplies and got to work. I’ve learned a lot since those first zipper pulls. I’m not sure my stuff could stand the test of time back then. I’m using better quality products now and I continue to learn new techniques and perfect my skill. So this past summer I found these beads at Hobby Lobby that I thought looked like snowballs. They were shiny but had the texture of brand new snow. I knew they would make beautiful Christmas jewelry. I paired them with some red beads I had on hand, and this is how they turned out. Now, I have to apologize for the photos. The flash kept reflecting off the beads! I really need a better camera…Santa!

Jewelry, Holly Berries, Snow balls, Bracelet, earrings

I really love how they turned out, and I can’t wait to start wearing them.


Here are a few of the supplies I used.

elastic cord, beads

The first time I made a bracelet with the elastic cord I was very unsure of the knot I tied to secure it together. I put a little glue on it to keep it from coming apart. I’m still a little paranoid about the knot, but I’ve gotten better at it. Having the correct tools helps, and I try to get something new when the budget allows.

Here’s one of those zipper pulls I was telling you about. My sister is a photographer so I made this for her.

camera zipper pull

She really loved it. She’s got it hanging from her rear view mirror instead of using it as a zipper pull and that’s totally cool.

Well, I hope you liked my Christmas jewelry. Stay tuned for updates on the new house, or the spot where the new house will be, once they break ground. Until next time…


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