Giveaway Pool 04-10-09

We’re riding the waves this Friday! Giveaway Pool Fridays will feature an amazing review or giveaway and provide you with a way to share some linky love your way by promoting your own giveaways on Blessings Abound! Please leave your links in this format: Blog name (prize information- ending date) and link to the actual giveaway and not your homepage.

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Meet the Artist:

“Creativity has been in my blood since the day I entered the world. I would say it’s genetic but I was also influenced and inspired by my family…mostly by my amazing mom who was my elementary and middle school art teacher and by my younger sister who made all kinds of arts and crafts projects with me so we could sell our goods to kind people in our front yard. I was also influenced by my upbringing…by growing up in Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico; I was always surrounded by vibrant colors, shapes and textures. By the time I was in high school, it was inevitable that I was assigned to projects like creating yearbook covers and musical play posters and that I was focused on a career in graphic design.

However, my practical side took over when Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania recruited me to join their management program in the publishing and printing industries. So I left San Juan and via the college route, I landed in a sales and marketing job in the hustling and bustling business climate of the Northeast. Although I managed to dabble in creative hobbies, I became fully immersed in my corporate career as a direct marketing professional in Philadelphia (although I never got used to the winter).

As time went on, I got married and had 2 exceptional kids and while my personal life was amazing, I got really-really bored with work. As much as I continued to learn so much about business and it continued to result in successful jobs and great experiences, I knew I missed my calling. So I started taking a hodge-podge of art classes at a local college…and thrived. I had fun in drawing, totally dug my color theory teacher, got frustrated with classical painting, poked around graphic design programs and absolutely fell in love with metal smithing.

Once I was exposed to the craft, I trained for over 4 years learning all kinds of jewelry making techniques and was completely captivated once I started creating dimensional and colorful pieces by fusing glass and clay. I became obsessed with this material and how to use it to make wearable and edgy art. Right about the same time, my sister turned the big 4-0, so she picked out her special birthday gift…this very cool glass necklace I made with scrap glass in one of my classes. And as she wore it, she said it literally enhanced her mood. People would stop her in all kinds of weird places and kept asking her where they could buy a necklace just like hers and the rest, as they say, is history.

I decided to say good bye to my boss, ditched my suits, bought a cool car and started my own business over 4 years ago…the answer to my obsession. Since then, I’ve continued to design, create and enhance moods using my craft and finally, with so many people continuing to ask where to find my jewelry, I created this very cool web site. And now…the world knows.”

Through the Mom Trials:

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and I know many of you are pondering what to give your dear mother this year.  Have I got a hip find for your mom!  I received a chic and personalized toggle necklace from Hip Fusion Designs that puts the ordinary hand stamped necklace to shame!  It is a handcrafted necklace with sterling silver beads and features bar tags that are anchored on a clasp that you take off and fasten from the front instead of the back creating a fresh, unique look that’s easy to wear.  You can add up to 6 tags and customize the front and back with whatever you’d like on them and you also have the option between several different types of beads to be strung on the necklace to fit your preference.  I personalized mine with my children’s name on it and I love wearing this beautiful piece of jewelry that speaks volumes of my love for my little blessings!

All Neida’s creations are stunning pieces of art that is durable and made to last and even includes a lifetime guarantee!  Along with providing personalized and made to order items. she offers many ready to go designs that she keeps on hand and are available to ship right away.  Neida is pleasant to work with and provides terrific customer service and takes her time to ensure that your purchase will arrive the way you have specified.  Last but not least, her items are shipped at a flat rate of ony $7 and comes packaged in a beautiful gift box and lovely ribbon made out of recycled and Eco-friendly materials that takes the headache out of gift giving!  Any of the gorgeous pieces of jewelry found in this collection would be a terrific gift for any occasion and a personalized necklace would be a heartwarming gift that any mom will cherish!

Giveaway Time:  A lucky Blessings Abound reader will win a $100 Gift Certificate to Hip Fusion Designs!  All you have to do in order to be qualified for a chance to win is to sign up for their newsletter here!

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Winners who I am unable to contact and who doesn’t claim their prize within 72 hours of me posting the winner of the prize will forfeit their prize and I will redraw a new winner. Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! This Blessing is open to bloggers and nonbloggers alike. You have from now until April 24th at 11:59 PM (Alaska time) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. I will randomly pick a winner and announce it here on my blog shortly after April 25th! Blessing open to the USA and Canada only!

Enjoy your weekend!