Since you asked:

"Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, to guard a title that was rich before, to gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
to seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, is wasteful and ridiculous excess."

~William Shakespeare,
ca. 1595

Yup, that's us.

October 05, 2008

Fall Blog Giveaway!

I think it really is fall now, and I am feeling rather celebratory about it. After a false start (such a tease), and the subsequent heat wave, I started to think I might never see the weather cool down. But yesterday was such a joy; a little gloomy and blustery, so much so I shut the doors to the shop more than once, and scattered candles all around for the ambiance. Best of all, when I got home, there was a fire lit and the smell of wonderful food emanating from our little kitchen, and a glass of red wine waiting for me. Heaven!

Anyway, enough waxing eloquent about that, and on to the giveaway below. It's a tidy little heap of fun things to work with, hand-picked by me, of course. There is a real vintage filigree ring shank from my hoard, a piece of copper Haskell chain with etched links, a whole hank of 5mm Haskell baroques, old silvery book chain, twisted brass hoops, one of my key of devotions charms, more pearls, some rubies and emeralds, buttons, antique brass rings, Eiffel Tower charms from a vintage souvenir bracelet, Haskell baroque and hand-cut crystal drops, more pearls, a lock, religious medals, antique french book chain with flower-shaped links, a hand-cut quartz crystal, more pearls, more chains, some bronzey vintage chain tassels and a little brass plaque to put on the door of your atelier.


Is it enough? Is it ever enough? I have to be honest and say no, so I shall keep tossing little treasures in from my drawers in the back room. All you have to do is tell me what you'd do with all of this loveliness and share the name of your favorite blog with my readers, and I will enter you in the giveaway (winner to be determined, of course, by the ever popular random-number-generator). Let the games begin!

N (and Lily)

28 comments:

cpullum said...

I love to take jewlrey and make my own style and my daughter love to help. We collect jewlrey!!
I like going to Dr. Laura's Blog!
http://www.Drlaura.com

Carla

melissa said...

i would decorate a christmas tree with all that loot, and my favorite blog is my own: http://myhalfofthebrain.com--more tutorials than you can shake a stick at!

melissa at myhalfofthebrain dot com

L.C said...

i would keep it all for myself, well i actually would give some away to my sister because she loves jewelry as much as i do, yup that's what i would do : )
my favorite blog is postsecret.blogspot.com
i LOVE it!

lc_intocable [at]yahoo[dot]com

Erika said...

HI Nancy,

Well, of course I would share it with my sweet mom. She and I are so bonded in the crafty world. We would both get to work on a bracelet or necklace...

I love so many blogs and seem to have hundreds in my google reader, but I do always enjoy reading
Posy Gets Cozy at rosylittlethings.typepad.com . Well worth a visit!


Best, Erika

Stacey Steimle said...

well, since I am taking Cindy forresters class this month I would use all these goodies to create fabuous neclaces and what nots. Gosh, there are so many good blogs out there, however I really enjoy www.mycountryroads.blogspot.com

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

it looks like i picked a good day to finally get back to some blog reading. and your blog was first on my roll to catch up with You! if i were to win these treasures, first i would clap, squeal and dance around wildly. then i would make a beautiful necklace and give to a special someone with a birthday coming up next month (my mom!). i am sure that i would find many special things to spin into presents for Christmas. it all looks too good to be true, nance! and one of my fav blogs (besides gilding the lily, of course :0) is a gorgeous food blog called www.smittenkitchen.com the photos are wonderful! thanks for a chance at all these gorgeous elegant dreamy treasures.

Maija said...

I think I would roll around naked in it!!!
Well, maybe not.
ox

Kristen Robinson said...

What a plethora of lovelies to be sure!!!!! I see decorative chandeliers of baubles and trinkets, swags of goodies, bracelets and earrings oh and my blog to share hmmmm perhaps my dear friend Sandra's blog http://sandraevertson.blogspot.com/ever so full of amazing creations and whimsical tales of delight.
XOX
Kristen

Annette R. said...

OMG, first I would jump up and down waving my hands wildly in the air, oh yeah, just one hand...sob, I fell at the beach last Thursday and BROKE my right hand...yeah so I would wave one hand and jump very carefully and then I would sit down with an ice pack on my horrible green cast and plan all the beautiful things I will make once my cast is off!! And while it is still on and if I am a winner I will drape everything I can on this ugly green cast and it won't be so ugly anymore and I betcha there are some very healing jewels in that bunch...I need 'em, yes sireee I need some magic right now!!

Annette R. said...

Oh, duh...I forgot to leave the name of my favorite blog...I really love Heather Bullards...Present Past Collection or is it Past Present...I hit my head when I fell...lol.

Anonymous said...

Oooh! I would make necklaces with all those gorgeous pieces. I have been loving Andrew's blog lately. He has such a great way of describing al the classes he's going to.

http://urbanpaperarts.blogspot.com/

Sally
sawhite1@aol.com

Babsarella said...

WOW! I would love to take some of the bits and pieces and combine them into a lovely necklace or bracelet.
One of the blogs I enjoy visiting is by Rebecca Sower...http://rebeccasower.typepad.com/rs_out_of_hand/
Her artwork and messages are so inspiring!

helamonstr said...

Oh my goodness - such a lovely giveaway of bling!!! I just found an old tarnished silver tray and these goodies would look absolutely perfect in it, and maybe a few candles for good measure. One of my favorite blogs is hollydoodledesigns.com

MMN said...

Hi !!
My best wishes from Spain. I enjoy every day reading your blog and i think about all the jewelry i can do with these lovely goodies.....
My favorite blog for inspiration is: http://www.carmenmazarrasa.blogspot.com/
Best regards and just tomorrow !!!
Sorry for my bad English.
Nuria
nuri128@hotmail.com

ida said...

I recently purchased a manequin for altering from Carol Wingert and would love to use these lovely trinkets to add vintage panache to her. Two of my favorite blogs are Carol Wingert and Donna Downey.
Happy Fall
Ida

psforma said...

i would hoard the beauties for awhile just staring at them in a beautiful glass vintage jar and then use them randomnly on special projects. my favorite blog is carol wingert's. thanks for sharing..........

Sherry Goodloe said...
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Sherry Goodloe said...

Great *or at least artistic* minds sometimes think alike (smiles) . . . I, like Stacey, would pack up every single piece and take to the CF workshops this month. A girl can NEVER have too much jewelry!!

Oh random generator have I told you how much I love you lately? *hee hee*

In all of the excitement, I forgot my favorite blog! Huuummm, so many . . .Colorful Adventures at the moment. http://colorfuladventures.blogspot.com/

Trish said...

I would finally learn to make jewelry!! I really can't say which blog is my favorite, I have so many that I love....I can't pick just 1-but at the moment I am loving any that has art journal inspiration, plus I like ones with plenty of tutorials, and if they have videos, that is great too (ok, I could go on and on, but I won't!) love this blog too of course!

Sweet Petunia said...

Oh what a fun give away! I use my goodies in jewelry and collage. One of my favorite blogs is Pam Garrison...but it is hard to just put one.

oldflowers4me said...

i hope im not to late-i love old bits of jewellery-id make a necklace-my favorite blog world -well thats so hard-there are so many-i do look in on sally jean-

Theresa said...

All these beautiful treasures and Miriam Haskell pearls are my absolute favorite. I am attending Cindy Forrester's workshop and am brand new to jewelry making so all of these goodies would be a wonderful addition to my very limited jewel supply! My favorite blogs are SimplyMeArt and Cindy Forrester Designs, two wonderfully talented artists who inspire and entertain me. Thank you for this beautiful giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Well..If I win.. I would keep them in a little antique dish on my work table in my new "home" to remember you Nancy for warm welcome to all us ladies on thursday nights.
I will take all you ladies with me, and am so thankful to you all for sparking my creative side. Being at the same table with such talented ladies is a treat.

priscilla said...

opps....Nancy..the post from "Anonymous" is from me Priscilla..question...is there a book called "Comment's for dummies" Sorry about the bo bo

wimsies said...

If I win, I would like to carry on my Mom's tradition of making jewerly christmas trees. Now that I have my first granddaughter, I would love to continue this art in my own style, but in loving memory
Becky
my favorite blog is to hard to choose, so I will name the first blog I discovered, sweetpeasandsnapshots.com

robin dudley-howes said...

OMG!! so glad I came to visit your blog! I love all the lovlies. Wow the first thing I think I might like to attempt is make a lamp/chandelier with all those beautiful trinkets....make it over the top! I have lots of favorite blogs, but recently I have been following maigirlz.typepad.com.
thanks!
robin

maminkagirl said...

My favorite blog is ullabenulla (ullam.typepad.com)ALWAYS full of inspiration. Would love to win your pirate's treasure!

Loribeth

Manish said...

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I am Manish Solanki From Jaipur.
I love jewelery. Those jewelery products are very nice and great.
Thanks for share it..
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