Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pay It Forward Giveaway

As I posted yesterday, I am doing my turn in the PIF Giveaway, which was started by Staci Louise of Staci Louise Originals

Below are a couple of pictures of what I will be giving away.  I don't have much in the way of "beading" items, so I have added some of my lampwork beads, and one of my Little Misses pendants on a rubber cord.

The first photo shows a couple of packets of those Ugandan paper beads (I love the concept behind those), 2 honey jade oval stones, 2 moon faces (I purchased those ages ago, and just don't know what to do with them), a strand of gold leaf agate (I think that is what the lable says), 10 brown disc-like stones (it says Autumn Stone on the pkg), one moss opalite oval, a package of green vintage glass beads (I was given these a long time ago, and can't verify the age), a package of green quartz, 2 little green shell "thingies", and a package of New Jade rondelles.

The second photo shows my lampwork pieces, a string of ivory seaweed and scallops, Little Missy in her orange Hawaiian dress, a string of 4 chalcedony glass barrels,  one large lime green scallop with 2 spacers, and a little orange shell.

I hope that is enough to interest everyone.  Here is the catch:  You have to comment and tell me how someone has touched you with kindness when you needed it the most.  AND - the winner promises to do their own PIF.


I will do the draw on Sunday, so please be sure to leave me some way to get in touch with you, or be sure to check back to this blog on Sunday.  If I forget to do the draw, as my memory is useless these days, will someone please remind me - LOL.


39 comments:

Sandi said...

What a gorgeous giveaway and your beads are to die for. Makes me want to pick up my torch again!

Not sure if this will qualify but this meant the world to me. I have been changing my Etsy shop over to a new name and tag line...my tag line is "Jewelry Artist" but I was very hesitant about calling myself an artist. My dad sent me this note yesterday, "I like your new layout, and you are an ARTIST. Daddy". I could not have received a kinder word.

Penny said...

Hi Jane, I am your newest follower and I also live in Canada. Airdrie, Alberta. Love all the items in your giveaway they are wonderful. I hopped over to your Esty shop and you have a awesome selection of beads to choose from. Hopefully on my next bead buying splurge I will be able to get something of yours.

Take care,
Penny

Sandra said...

Hi Jane. I'm loving your giveaway. Please include me for a chance to win it.

Keep up the great work!

Sandra

jamberry_song said...

I love the idea of this giveaway! Count me in. :D jamberry_song at yahoo dot com is the best way to reach me.

Let's see... people can be so kind. Just this last week, I was getting involved with my first art gallery to show my work and this other jewelry artist who shows her work there already came out and basically has taken me under her wing. She has been so kind, offering advice, giving feedback, sharing resources; all while expecting nothing in return. Her kindness has really touched me and I want to be able to reach a hand out to people just getting involved with jewelry-making like that someday, too. :)

Lois Moon said...

Although I had been teaching for 15 years, four years ago I switched areas and began teaching HS Spanish. I had taught English, math, and English as a second language, but this move was a huge switch for me because I had taught myself Spanish and managed to pass the state exams. I had one class that just drove me crazy that year. I posted something on FB about being a little down in the dumps because I just could not seem to get this class to pull together well. I didn't feel that I was reaching them. I got a long detailed message from a student I has taught very early in my career who was working on her PhD. She told me about all the ways I had touched her life and inspired her...lots of things I would have never guessed. I carry around a copy of that note and whenever I'm having a bad day, just thinking about it cheers me up and puts things in perspective.

I would love to participate and have a great PIF package in mind of a book and some supplies.

I'm email linked through my comment. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jane Perala said...

It is so nice to see other peoples stories of the kindness of others, be it family, friends or even strangers. It really uplifts my spirits. Thanks everyone!

Sally Anderson said...

I'm loving your give-away! The beads are gorgeous and would be given a good home w/ me! Thanks for doing this!

Pretty Things said...

OMG I would got NUTS over this!!!! I've been sending PIFS all over the place (still have about 30 to send) and seeing these has me going crazy!

Alice said...

What a lovely concept, and a great PIF prize package!!!

A few weeks ago a blogger friend, one that I've never met in person, sent me a sweet package 'just because'. Unbeknownst to her, the days prior were a struggle, both emoitionally and phyically for me, and the package arrived just when I needed it the most.

I'm a new follower here. Thanks for the chance to participate in this PIF.

Alice
thepetersons13@mchsi.com

Michelle L. said...

Wow, I would love to be the lucky recipient of this gorgeous giveaway! And I love to PIF, as so many people have helped me.

I have a recycled jewelry blog, and every few weeks I post a "Guess the Mystery Thing" challenge, my readers try to guess the weird material I used in the challenge jewel. They love playing, and lately people have been sending me random bizarro materials for my mystery jewels. I think it's so cool to get these goofy, sweet packages of weirdness in the mail. Means a lot to me because it shows people are really enjoying my funny contest.

beadworkbyh said...

Awesome! Who wouldn't want to own those beads? :)
I'm very touched by anyone who makes an effort to put a golden lining (Swedish saying, hard to translate) to someone else's day. Personally, I'm a big fan of giveaways and try to hold them as often as I can afford. It's actually almost even more fun to give than to recieve, I think!

Helena

Karen said...

Hi Jane, I love your giveaway. Your beads are wonderful. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thank You
Karen

moonlitfantaseas said...

what a wonderful generous give away!

one-eared pig said...

What a great opportunity!

A needed kindness was just the other day when a total stranger included me in a Treasury. I haven't sold anything in a while online, and it lifted my spirits!

And I would love to PIF!

Norma's Clay said...

This is my second time trying for a PIF giveaway. I love the concept. Your beads are awesome. The world will be a better place if we "Practice Random kindness and senseless acts of beauty."

Deci said...

Lovely beads. So many acts of kindness, the best this year was my birth sister, who i had never met, sending me airfare to meet my birth mother for the first time. Rather remarkable experience.
I have a PIF on my blog as we speak.

Cynthia said...

What a wonderful give away. Thanks you for the chance to win it!

Without getting too specific, I witness kindness, almost on a daily basis, in the beading/ blogging community. I guess the best example is all the fabulous money that was raised for Andrew Thornton, for his medical bills!
All of you (you know who you are) are ROCK STARS!!!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful giveaway! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the acts of kindness that have been bestowed on these bloggers. I find myself reading more than posting, but I am going to have to get busy with the beading and the posting as I have been unemployed for a little while here, and no hopes of a job in the near future. My bead stash is not fancy or full of handmade items, but I know I can come up with a good PIF. That would be a very good challenge for me.

My story of kindness to share is this -- My daughter is in her school's showchoir and they planned a trip to Florida to go to a competition and to have some fun in Universal Studios. Living on the tight budget that we do, there was absolutely no way for us to pay the amount needed to let her go. One of her classmates, who btw is not in showchoir, bought one of the items she was selling as a fundraiser. When she delivered it, that classmate said to her, "My mom wants to pay your way to go on this trip." WOW! Now, that is, and was, such a blessing to us. Tears followed. She not only paid the remaining amount, but she also left an envelope of spending money for her. She is on that trip as I type this, and is having a wonderful time. Their competition is Saturday morning. Please keep them in your prayers!

LeeLu Creations said...

Would love to win these!

The other day I blogged about how I was just feeling blah and how my wedding plans were kinda going off track and that I was nervous about finding a wedding dress b/c I'm a plus sized girl. Well, four of my blog buddies had the kindest words of encouragement for me. And these are people that I have never met, only know them from reading their blogs. It just really meant a lot to me that they took the time to leave positive comments.

Of course I will pif!

Thanks!
Anitra
leelucreations@yahoo.com

Liz said...

Your beads are gorgeous. I love the shell beads! Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

liz@villagedevelop.com

Janet said...

Beautiful Giveaway! PIF? Ive had three Lampworkers encourage and help me! Send me pictures etc. Willing to..reaching out and friendly. That means a whole lot. I remember that Movie too and that was one hard movie to watch! Thank you for the chance. Your beads are really lovely Jane!

Deb said...

What beautiful items you have put up for pay it forward, they are gorgeous.
My little girl touches my heart with kindness every day, she is always writing me little notes and letters telling me how much she loves me and how beautiful she thinks I am. It is especially touching because her father left just before she was born so we have always been just the two of us.

Thanks for sharing your pay it forward with us x

somethingunique said...

Hello Jane, what a wonderful idea & your lamp work is gorgeous!
I would say that my pif would be all of the bloggers that i have met over the past several weeks.i have been really down in the dumps the past several months.i came across a blog while checking out a design in Bead Star Mag,i signed up for my own blog and clicked to follow several creative people with the same interests as me,everyone i have met has welcomed me with open hearts and made me feel so special. i have only been selling my jewelry at summer festival & a few fundraisers, all of the wonderful people i have met have inspired me to open and Etsy shop of my own.i have been working hard on getting that done. I have a renewed spirit in my heart for life everyone has made me feel not so alone sharing stories of happiness,sorrow and pain as well as all of the wonderful creations i get to see.no matter what is going on in our lives everyone seem to be there for each other be it a kind word or a thank-you,a compliment on a beautiful creation this wonderful blog world i have become a part of has made my world a better place.so thank-you to all of my new friends! ttfn :)< my happy face

Pam Chesbro said...

So many people have been kind to me but the most recent kindness is my fellow co-workers at my brand new job stop by my office to ask me to eat lunch with them each day. This might not seem like much, but I am just a part-timer, sort of a low-level hired help who does telemarketing 3 days per week for a few hours. I've been doing mostly temp work since the recession took my good job. Most people don't really include new part-timers in their social circle let alone eat lunch with us. Makes the work day so much more special!

Love the little girl bead, she looks a lot like me. Pear Shaped!LOL Thanks for sharing your PIF giveaway.

Leigh said...

We were snowed in a month or so ago and all the roads were frozen over. Our regular Chinese delivery man parked his car as close as he could get to our neighborhood and WALKED several blocks in the ice and cold to deliver food to us!

my email address is:
liamsamuel@gmail.com

Loretta said...

I love PIF's, and yours is gorgeous. My random act of kindness was from my husband. After a lumpectomy to remove breast cancer I was in quite a bit of pain and unable to get in a comfortable position. My husband brought in some earphones and a CD player (no ipod at the time) and selected some really soothing music for me and I instantly fell asleep. When I woke up the pain was gone. I love that man!

Terry Biz said...

I have just discovered you! And I'm so upset about all I've missed! Thank you for your generosity - I would LOVE to win these!!

Jackie said...

I'm new to all of you artists and admire your talent and courage. I hope I can someday be in a class with y'll. I have been shown so many kindnesses in my life and always remember that when I see a need. Thanks, Jackie

Christine said...

What a great PIF - the lampwork beads are so fun & colorful!!
I recently moved my Dad, who has dementia, to a wonderful Alzheimer's/dementia care facility in OH. He doesn't always recognize me, but whens he does, he's always the sweet man I remember & he tells me I look beautiful! I couldn't ask for a better gift!

ChristyH said...

How sweet. I loved reading everyone's comments.

Currently an anonymous sponsor pays for my son's piano lessons otherwise we couldn't afford them. Also a few years ago I had posted on a homeschool board that I was worried about affording my next years curriculum and someone offered to purchase it for us. Despite the news there is still good in the world.

indigo heart said...

i love those moon faces! PIF is *such* a wonderful concept...

Shirley said...

Oh, all these stories have me crying! My "kindness" story is truly from strangers. I am a homeschool mom. One of the things that is very important to me is politeness. For me, it shows a sign of respect. I work very hard on teaching this to my kids. There have been several instances of strangers approaching me in the store to compliment me on my children. The last one was a lady in the grocery store at the other end of the aisle from me. My son and daughter passed by in front of her on their way back to me. She came up to me and said, "Your children just said Excuse me when they passed in front of me. That is so wonderful."
These instances always come at a time when I'm frustrated with their behavior! :)
I love your selection of beads for giveaway. That is so generous. I am also holding a PIF on my blog.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tricia said...

Hi Jane - I just stumbled upon beading blogs last weekend and, it MUST be fate because one of the first I stumbled upon was the Bead Soup Blog Party. Imagine that, 210 like minded people right at my fingertips! Bliss!!

Now I happen upon your PIF and have spent the last hour between your site and Staci Louise's (shhh don't tell my boss...;). Not sure I feel right putting my 'name in the hat' since this is all so new to me but really can't resist...

After we bought our first house, about the time when you're feeling penny-less, I opened an envelope to find a $100 check from my sister's husband. There was no note and when I called she explained that after they had bought their first house many years earlier they had a received a $100 from our grandmother. She explained it was only a loan and someday, when they had an extra $100 they were to pay it back by passing it on to someone in need. It couldn't have come at a better time and I have since been able to pay the loan too.

As for my own PIF? That's why I bead - 100% of my profit is donated to the fight against cancer. I started last year when trying to think of a year round fundraising activity for Relay For Life. There's a longer story to it but that's enough for now. I'm hoping to open an Etsy shop soon. Thanks for the consideration! ~~Tricia (Creating Cures)

French Elegant Jewelry said...

Wow such georgeous beads. I am going to do my own PIf I am also going to pick out a few things for my wonderful friends and family that are watching my kids this weekend so I could get away with my husband. he travels so much and works long hours so it is good to have some time with him.

Valerie said...

Your work is beautiful! What a nice giveaway. The most recent act of kindness I've received is having one of my pieces on Etsy listed as someone's favorite. Since I've not been selling alot of pieces, this was a big boost for me!

stacilouise said...

:)

Deana said...

An online friend of mine (whom I've never met) was wanting something that I had and never use, so I asked for her address and mailed it to her, I've always loved the concept of PIF!
Deana

roseworksjewelry said...

Last night I got a comment on my blog telling me that she was going to skip it when she saw the subject (the 80's) but decided not to because she loves my work - and that I'd made an 80's item she actually liked! It made my night :) And yes, if I win I'd PIF :)

Jane Perala said...

Thank you all so much for all your responses.
I drew the winners name on Sunday, and it was "somethingunique". Congratulations.
I have been in touch with her, and will be sending out the beads in the next day or two.