Thursday, 8 September 2011

100th post and yes another giveaway...:0)

Well goodness me I am stunned that I have already reached this landmark. One hundred on earth could I have written all of those?

It's only when I look back I realise just how many things I have made, grown, visited, celebrated, admired and so the list goes on.

Do I have a favourite post....hmmmmm, that's a tricky one, I really enjoyed writing my Countdown to Christmas ones last year and this one is one of my all time favourites, but if I look at my blogger stats the favourite post of all time is actually  this one.

I know I have had a few giveaways this year but I just cannot let this landmark go by without doing something. So I decided to let you in on what I am working on at the moment. If you remember in April I made some bag charms as gifts for my family and friends who came to celebrate my big birthday. Here are photos of some that  I made.

They really went down so well and the recipients genuinely loved receiving them. Even the mens' key chains I made were really popular. I get a real buzz when I spot them on my family and friends' bags.

I have been thinking for some time to start to sell these at my jewellery parties and in my Etsy shop and recently I had an enquiry about a commission for making a few of them.

This spurred me on to making some more.

They are quite time consuming to make as I have to wire up the lampwork beads and putting everything together is quite fiddly. Obviously there is no sterling silver in these, the costs would be far too high. I do use silver plated wire though and all the clasps are really good strong quality ones.

 I have made 4 new ones and I am going to offer one of them as a prize for my 100th post giveaway, in return for a  little bit of customer research!

Below are the 4 new ones I have made, captioned A,B,C and D. I also had fun giving each one a name. To enter my giveaway I would like you to say which is your favourite and also if you were buying bag charms either for yourself, or as a gift, what others colour ways/ themes would you like to see? This could be something completely different to the ones I have shown. Please don't be shy, I would like as many people to comment as possible. It will give me valuable insight into what people like to buy. My giveaways are always open to anyone who visits my blog, you do not have to follow me etc etc.  I really can't quite get my head around all of that, there are no requirements from me, it's all just for a bit of fun.You don't even need to have a blog to enter but if you don't you will need to leave an email address that I can contact you on if you are a winner. I will also post worldwide.

So here we are;
A. Girlie fun
B. Handbags at dawn
C. Time for tea
D. Gardener's delight

 Below gives you an idea of how they look on a bag. I plan to sell them at around £6.75 each depending on the lampwork beads I use. What do you think of that price? Each bag charm is totally unique and one of a kind. Although I can make similar they will never be identical as the beads are handmade glass, not factory produced.

The final day for entering my giveaway will be 4pm on Thursday 22nd September. I will then pull one name out of the hat.

The winner will win their chosen bag charm so please ensure that you at least write A,B,C or D in the comments box, any additional feedback would be really appreciated.

So there we are 100 posts already written. Thank you  for being such great blogging buddies. I really so enjoy your company and friendship, from here in the UK and all around the globe. I love sharing my journal with you all and reading all you comments you so kindly leave me.

After all the lovely late summer sunshine we had last week the weather has turned so autumnal. It's been so windy and dull. I even thought about turning my heating on last night...but I resisted and put on another layer instead. Now I am such a lucky girl as I am off on holiday to catch some of the last summer sun early next week. I will leave this post up and will not be commenting on it whilst my giveaway is running.

There are no surprises this year where we are going as you have seen my photos from this lovely island just to cheer everyone up who is not blessed by year round sunshine...

Here's to the next 100 posts. Cheers!

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Congratulations Jane on your 100th post!
    I so enjoy visiting you here and having you as my bloggy friend. :)
    Your bag charms are gorgeous and I know this from first hand experience as I am very lucky to have one of my own, which I love!!
    They are all beautiful and personally I'd probably put them in D C B A order but that's only because I'm not really a pink girl. I was thinking though if my 23 year old daughter was putting them in order she would probably do the opposite and choose A B C D!
    I think there would be a market for all of them!
    Hope you have a wonderful relaxing sunshiny holiday and 'see' you when you get back!!
    Vivienne xxx
    P.S. Don't enter me in the draw as that would be greedy of me as I already own one of your beauties, someone else should have the pleasure of having one. :)

  2. Hi Jane, 100 post that's quite amazing! Congratulations! I love your bag charms so much. My order would be c,a,b,d,! Although they are all beautiful. I would love to be a proud owner, but I would also purchase one! They are just my cup of tea. If I were to suggest other themes, do you have any with knitting or sewing or owls? Those are some of my other favorite themes. Thanks again for this lovely giveaway! love, xoRobin❤

  3. Dear Jane!
    Congratulations! I'm always waiting your posts and enjoy them!
    A. Girlie fun is my favourite, even all of them are so beautiful!
    Even I think I'm your blog friend quite time, I can't remember where you are going for holidays?
    Have a wonderful journey!
    xxx Teje

  4. wow 100 posts, well done, I love your blog and all your creations so it has been great fun reading it.

    I like either the teapot of the fairy one although they are all lovely (I think that is a and d).

    Hhmm ideas, I love green so green combinations would be an idea. Also things like dragonflies, toadstalls, teapots with little tea cups, little bottles (viles) are cute too. x

  5. 100. posts! Hooray, Jane! And I have enjoyed them all so! Here's to next hundred to come!

    And ALL your bag charms are adorable, and as you know, I love anything blinging in my bag! I also love pink (big surprise!) but I am going to amaze you and all by picking the brown one first! As I have a new bag to match :) So my pick would be:
    C-B-A-D but they all are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for this pretty giveaway, dear, and happiest holidays! Raise you glass for all of us, please!

    See you later!


  6. Congratulations on 100 posts Jane! And what a generous giveaway you are offering! Quite a difficult choice, but as it's autumn I think C would go best with my bag...if I was lucky enough to win!!! My order of choice would be C B A D. They are all lovely though in their own way! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
    Helen x

  7. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* on having such a lovely post and your 100th celebration! I love the charms.. my selection would be D, A, B, C.

    I am also celebrating a year of blogging and am so happy that I've made friends, such as you.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Congratulations Jane! Wow 100 posts!I like C best (closely followed by D) simply because I love the teapot charm!

  9. Congratulations!! Quite an achievement, and lots of fun for me to have followed your accomplishments and travels. DCAB, but D and C were hard for me to choose between. I might buy something with cats on it for someone else. I'm thinking anything whimsical and fun would be a hit with these charms, but the prettiness and color of the beads would be a factor too. I'm not sure how money spends in the UK, so I can't offer an opinion on price other than to say that I hope that price lets you earn enough money for your effort. Keep up the great work!

  10. Congrats on your 100th post and a big thank you for another giveaway!

    I like all of the charms and I'd put them in C D A B order. I'm not so into pink like Mia.(-;

    I think your price is just right. (I converted from pounds to US dollars.)
    Here's to more posts and a wonderful time on your holiday.


  11. Congratulations on your 100th post.
    Your bag charms are amazing and you are a very talented lady. Every time I look at the photos of your charms I choose a different favourite! However I have finally decided on D... and I'll say goodbye now before I change my mind again!!

    PS I think the price is just right and they could sort out quite a few Christmas present dilemmas!

  12. Many congratulations Jane on your 100th post. That is some doing! Your bag charms are so lovely - the beads are so unusual - if I really had to choose, I would choose B, D, A, C - but they are all so nice, I would be over the moon to receive any one of them!
    Thinking of different themes, what about the seasons? Winter could have a snowflake, snowman, Christmas tree and the bead could be white for a snowball?
    Summer could have sunglasses, beach ball/bag and the bead could be red/yellow/orange for the sun?
    Anyway, hope you had a great time in the Greek Isles and return relaxed and ready for your 101st post!

  13. Dear Jane! Happy 100th post!! Oh my, you are one of the most generous people I've ever "met" here at the blogs. Your sunshine spills over to all of us and it is such a joy to pop by and see your lovely posts. I wish you 100+ more!
    I'm excusing myself from this giveaway as I have already been the recipient of your gorgeous earrings (of which I'm posting about today, finally!)..I wanted to just say hello and hope all is well. Things are busy here but I am wrapping up a big project and hoepfully can tend to my blog a bit better from now on. Lovely, lovely work you do..they are sincerely gems!

  14. Hello Jane! Congratulations to you on your 100th post! How generous of you to offer another giveaway of your wonderful jewelry creations, though visiting your blog and reading about your latest adventures (island hopping?! Wow-wee!) is a treat in itself! I would love to be included, though it's too hard to choose. D, C, B, A? You're so kind- I wish you well this week!
    I have a special favor to ask of you- would you please contact me @ my email? There's a link on my profile page. Thanks! :o)

  15. Right guys, it's time to close this post and get out the hat for the draw. Thank you everyone for some really helpful and kind comments. I shall be back soon with the winner.
    Jane x


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