Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Results are in...

We’re a bit more organised than expected so we can announce the winners of our Spring challenge a bit earlier than we originally said. We were thrilled by the response and got so many entries, we’ve decided to pick an extra 3 winners to take part!

I’m just going to keep this short, you don’t want to listen to me waffling on.. you want results. So without further ado, here are the winners of the Spring Challenge…

1 ShaLayne
2 Emma Quinn 
3 Kathy Lindemer 
4 Vicky Roberts
5 Lori Bowring Michaud
6 Leigh Thow 
7 Ailsa Jackson 
8 Steph L 
9 Kristi Harrison 
10 Merja
11 Lucy Haslam 
12 Penny Neville 
13 Linda – Earthshine beads
14 Kristen Stevens
15 Erin Prais – Hintz 
16 Klassy Joolz 
17 Jenny Argyle 
18 Shaiha 
19 Claire Lockwood 
20 Patti Gasparino 
21 Suhana Hart 
22 Toltec Jewels 
23 lori anderson 

Congratulations if you’re name was picked, we will be in touch soon.

Sorry to those who didn’t, and thank you to everyone who shared, liked and helped spread the word.

If you missed the draw and would like to play along you can find Lesley’s ceramic flowers, and Claire’s silks in their shops

And I will have more birds in my shop in a week or so, keep an eye on my Facebook page for updates…
Caroline x

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Spring Fever Design Challenge

What do we want? Spring! When do we want it? Now! Well all right then!

I usually love Autumn and Winter, but I don’t feel that we’ve had proper seasons this year… what should have been crisp frosty mornings and beautiful snow filled landscapes has turned in to a wet mess. We’ve had damaging storms across the country, and the South has been hit by awful floods.
We’re ready for it to be over and are looking forward to everything Spring brings. There are small signs in the garden of warmer times coming, the bulbs are starting to break the surface and over the last few days, the birds have been singing. So in the hope of things to come, myself and Lesley Watt are hosting a glorious technicoloured ceramic Spring Fever design Challenge! 
 There are beads from myself…

 There are beads from Lesley…

Everything has been specially made for the challenge with the theme of Spring. But that’s not all… this year, the lovely Claire Braunbarth of Smitten Beads will be joining us adding some of her sari silks in to the design packs.

Each pack consists of a surprise flower focal set from Lesley, a surprise bird bead set from me and a length of matching silk from Claire. Each bead is handmade and individual.
The challenge sets are offered at the discounted price of GBP£12 each + P&P (£2.50 uk/£3.75 overseas) and there are only 20 available. Winners of the sets will be randomly chosen from comments left on mine and Lesley’s blog.
If you’re a winner, we will let you know, get in touch for payment, and your pack will be posted out. You can create as many designs as you wish, using the beads and silk from us and anything in your stash. Designs need to be completed and ready for the big reveal and blog hop onWednesday 16th April.


All you have to do to enter is comment on this post or on Lesley’s blog post but please note – you must be willing to take part in the blog hop on Wednesday 16th April.
There are are lots of ways you can increase your chances of winning too… Do any of the following and leave an additional comment each time and you will get an extra entry for each one:
Share this giveaway on your own blog
Share this giveaway on your Facebook pages, Google+, Twitter etc.
Become a new follower of ‘The Gossiping Goddess’
Become a new follower of ‘Blueberri Beads’
Become a new follower of Smitten Beads
Become a follower of my Facebook page.
Become a follower of Lesley’s Facebook page.
Become a follower of Claire’s Facebook page
Follow me on Pinterest
Follow Lesley on Pinterest
Follow Claire on Pinterest
Like Lesley’s Etsy shops THEA jewellery and THEA too.
Like my Etsy shop Blueberri Beads
Anything else of you can think of to spread the word.
Don’t forget to leave a separate comment for each method to maximise your chances though! The draw will close at 8pm GMT on Wednesday 26th February and we will randomly select and announce the winners on Friday 28th February.
Winners will be sent an e-mail asking them to forward payment in Great British Pounds to my Paypal address – payments should be made as quickly as possible to ensure beads are shipped in good time.
We will aim to have all packed shipped by Monday 10th March which will allow five plus weeks for delivery and design. It’s as simple as that so good luck and I’ll see you back here on the 28th and hope you’ll be with us for the big reveal.
If you’d like to see what happened in the last challenge we hosted, check out the Pinterest board here to see the stunning Autumn design Challenge creations.