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The lucky winner of the CardsInk giveaway is Megan F.  She will receive 10 cards of her choice from CardsInk.  Megan, check your email, and congratulations.  And a thank you everyone who played!


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Happy Monday and Martin Luther King Jr day to everyone.  Hope most of you have the day off, and if not, hope today is at least quite and productive!  Boy do I have a treat for you today, anyone up for a little giveaway??  That’s right, CardsInk, a sweet little card shop filled with designs submitted by readers just like you, have come up with a pretty swell little giveaway for all the Our Designed Life readers.  Yay!  CardsInk will generously gift 10 cards to one lucky reader (and you get to pick which 10!), to enter it couldn’t be simpler.  Scroll down for the details.

To enter the CardsInk giveaway, there are several ways you have a chance to win.

*Hop on over to CardsInk and check out their SHOP FOR CARDS section.  Come back here and let me know what design(s) you would pick should you be the lucky one. 1 entry

*Check out the VOTE FOR CARDS section and vote.  Come back here and tell me what you voted on.  1 entry

*Tweet it out to the masses.  Be sure to include @Ourdesignedlife so I can see it, and come back here and leave a separate comment. 1 entry

*Become a fan of Our Designed Life on Facebook. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know.  Already a fan?  Just let me know in the comment, that totally counts! 1 entry

The winner will be chosen using Random.org, you must come back to Our Designed Life and leave separate comments to be eligible.  Contest will close Sunday, January 24th at 8 pm, Pacific Standard Time.  There are 4 possible entries per person.  Contest is open to US residents only.

And a HUGE thank you to CardsInk!

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As you all know I am a huge fan of Twitter, its such a great way to get to know people from around the world and last week, Shelly from Mystic Pieces sprung up in my inbox.  Well, lets just say, after a few clicks through her shop I just knew I had to share her amazing jewelry with you guys!

The Interview

So Shelly, how did you get started?

At the age of 7, my journey began in the art world when my Mother enrolled me into an oil painting class.  As the years continued my art background includes an art history major, traveling to many art events, working in a museum and now my favorite – creating delightful jewelry to adorn.   Jewelry creating started 12 years ago when I had a strong desire to create something.  Since then it has evolved into my Etsy store, local art shows in Phoenix, and selling my creations to boutiques in the Valley of the Sun.In the last three months, I have started creating full time.  I have envisioned this path for so many years and am tickled pink that I have finally arrived at one of my many on going destinations.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Inspiration for me comes in way too many places to list just one.  I am constantly fascinated by what other artist, jewelry designers, writers and musicians can create!  Talent and inspiration is everywhere.  I’m fascinated by design whether it be in an ad, billboard, interior decorating, or clothing.  Composition and materials are always running through my brain.

My current inspiration is to look for the positive in all events.  There is a reason and season for everything.  I’m constantly on the look out for quotes that encourage one to better themselves or to inspire to push the limits of one’s potential.  I think in life as with my jewelry its finding the right pieces of the puzzle to fit together to create something wonderful.

One of my favorite quotes:  “Life expands or contracts in direct proportion to one’s courage” ~Anais Nin

You mention Steampunk often, what exactly is it?

Steampunk is a genre of time traveling to an era of steam powered engines, Victorian motifs and attire, industrial, and mechanical (thus the watch parts) themes.  It’s a life for some including dressing the part, events and creations.  It completely fascinates me, however it’s a little warm in Phoenix to be wearing all those heavy Victorian clothes.  Steampunk to me is a time of romance and luxurious items.  The Victorian era is rich in details from the intricate Victorian homes to the elaborate laces, dresses and furniture.   I just love it all.  You can see more here.

What is your favorite piece available now?

One of my favorites is the Steampunk French Bee Necklace. (shown above, it was one of my favs too!) I love the composition, the many different components and the uniqueness of this piece.  It incorporates a time that once was from the vintage pieces, plus a little fun with a French bee and flower.  It’s just a delightful piece.

Have any favorite shops around Etsy?

I love The Home Centric.  Love her choice of materials and composition.  Just scrumptious!

Tilly Bloom, love all the unique images.  The black and white themes add to the richness of her whimsical and fun pieces.

A true Steampunk artist, Winona Cookie, features imaginative individuals with Victorian flair, love her work!

And of course, Stiletto Heights, a favorite photographer on Etsy, the richness of colors and romantic themes are gorgeous!

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Mystic Pieces over on twitter and facebook!

And a Giveaway!

That’s right, one lucky reader will be a seriously lucky winner!  Mystic pieces has graciously selected the Delicate Steampunk Crystal Vintage Necklace for one of Our Designed Life’s readers!

How might you enter to win this lovely little guy?  Well, its quite simple, and there are several ways to get entries!

~Hop on over to Mystic Pieces, find a piece that tickles your fancy.  Come back over here and leave me a comment about it.


~Tweet about it, make sure to include @Ourdesignedlife so I see it.  Be sure to come back to the blog and leave me a comment letting me know about it.


~Blog about it, again leave me a comment here on Our Designed Life!

That’s it.  Three possible entries per person!  Be sure to always leave me a comment, I will be picking a winner Sunday, November 29th at midnight, PST.  Winner will be selected using Random.org, so make sure your comments are all here!  This giveaway is open worldwide, so please tell your friends!

Happy giveaway and a huge thank you to Shelly at Mystic Pieces!

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And the winner is…

The lucky winner of all of the lovelies from Oh Hello Friend is Bunny B!  Bunny, I will be emailing you shortly, what a way to start a Friday right!?

Oh hello friend joy necklace

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One more day

Just wanted to pop in and let you guys know I haven’t forgotten about you!  Got sick over the weekend and am working on getting better.  In the mean time, don’t forget to enter the fun giveaway below.  You only have until Thursday at midnight (PST) to enter!

Im sick

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Happy Friday blogging buddies.  In honor of today, my birthday, I decided to spread the love.  Everyone loves getting gifts (between the wedding and today, the UPS guy knows me by name!) and today I wanted to bring to you our very first giveaway!  That’s right, thanks to the lovely Danni from Oh Hello Friend, I have some great goodies to offer to you!

(photo via flickr)

Bday cupcake

So, what am I giving away?

This lovely little Joy necklace

Joy Beautiful gold bird and tree necklace

Plus your choice of any of these adorable little buttons

Oh hello friend buttons

AND your choice of hair pin set!

Oh hello friend hair pins

So what do you have to do to win these bad boys?

1. Go to Oh Hello Friend‘s shop and come back here to leave a comment  on what you are currently crushing on

2. Post a lovely little blog entry and comment here to let me know about it!

3. Tweet it!  Be sure to include @Ourdesignedlife to make sure I see it and be sure to comment here to ensure you got a number!

Remember, unless its commented here, the number generator can’t find you!

The giveaway will be open until Thursday October 8th at midnight.  The winner will be announced Oct. 9th.  So get to entering and spread the love (its good karma!)  Winner will be picked at random using random.org and PLEASE be sure to include an email or a link to your blog so I can get my daily fix too!

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Whether you are a paper, book or art enthusiast, this book could be hours of fun!  In case you missed it over at Design Milk, they are giving away a copy of Paper Tear Fold Rip Crease Cut to one of their lucky readers!

Paper profiles over 50 artists and designers who work with the medium, from the vast sculpted installations of Mia Pearlman and the delicate paper incisions of Noriko Ambe, to the light-hearted illustrations of Robert Ryan and the forward-thinking furniture design of Tokujin Yoshioka. The book also charts the history of the material and its role as an art form, from the process of its manufacture in Ancient China to the most recent technological advances.

Following the medium as it is pushed to its extremes, Paper is an elegant and insightful look at the sumptuous world of paper today. A richly illustrated and beautifully designed book which will appeal to designers, art students and paper enthusiasts alike.

If interested, you have one more day (giveaway ends August 28th!) to enter over at Design Milk!  Everyone can always use a new colorful and inspiring book!

(photos and info via design milk)

Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut

Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut

Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut

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