Monday, December 13, 2010

Giveaway Winner

Hello everyone!

I know I am late. I was supposed to have the drawing yesterday, but I wasn't able to get to my macbook.

First of all I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to participate on my giveaway and for becoming a blog follower and ( or ) a fan of my facebook page! Thank you so much!

I used a random number generator to choose the winner!

*drummroll** and the winner is : Sharon Siqueiros ( Nr.52 ).

Congratulations Sharon! Please send me your address so that I can ship this necklace off to you. It might even get to you by christmas! 

By the way: I have gotten a couple of requests for the vanilla cookies recipe. Just haven't had a chance to convert the recipe. But I will do it either tonight or tomorrow for sure. 

Again, thanks to everyone!


Friday, December 10, 2010

City Scenes

Shared a nice couple of hours with my honey today. Had lunch at a local cafe and did some christmas shopping.
I try not to get stressed out purchasing presents. It just puts me in a bad mood and that is not the way it is supposed to be. I wouldn't want to receive a gift from someone that they purchased during a highly stressful time. I like taking my time, finding something that has some meaning and that the person receiving it will find useful.
Tonight, despite feeling a cold coming on, I am going to bake some more cookies. This time I am whipping up a my mothers vanilla cookie recipe. It is a traditional german cookie with real vanilla beans. They melt in your mouth. Actually just writing about them makes me drool..
I will be posting the recipe tomorrow. It needs to be converted first since all measurements are in grams instead of ounces and pounds.

On jewelry news: I have added a few more items on 50% percent off in my Etsy shop. There are some great items to be had. Check them out!

In the meantime be well and enjoy the season!


Here a couple of pictures that John took today when we were out :

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Winterwonderland it's cold outside. Yesterday it was a whopping minus 69 F or minus 21 Celsius! Winter has definitively arrived here in the beautiful city of Sandefjord.
I am thinking about starting to decorate the house a bit. Since we won't be having a tree ( lack of space ) I am thinking about having tons of candles and other items I have collected from all over the world. I really have to contain myself when I'm out shopping now since I can not pass on any shop that offers christmas decorations. Said lack of space is a major issue. We will have to be on the lookout for a new place in the coming year.
Today I am baking gingerbread cookies. Brings me back to my childhood, growing up in the south of Germany. We always visited these lovely christmas markets that are very common in Germany. The smell of freshly baked gingerbread, roasting chestnuts and sugar glazed almonds really is magical.

The view into the yard from our porch this morning

This year I will be giving homemade presents to friends and family such as Linzertorte, different cookies,chocolates and jam. 
I will take some pictures of my finished products and post them sometime in the next few days along with some recipes.

Backyard view this morning

The Harbour in Sandefjord, taken yesterday.

On another topic: I am working on new items. Not sure if I will be able to post them before sunday since I have quite a workload that needs to be finished by friday.
The incredibly high silver prices really make me grinch. I really hope they will come down soon. However, I think this is a great time for me to challenge myself to come up with fun and innovative designs using my silver scraps. I have a couple of super cool earrings in the works. Can't wait to show them off.

Here's to wishing each one of you a very warm and cozy wednesday!

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Time for a Giveaway

First of all I'd like to thank each and everyone who has purchased something in my Etsy shop during my SALE in the past couple of days! I really appreciate each purchase, small and large. So thank you so much for your support. You know who you are! :)
I am thinking about keeping the 50% off sale going until the end of next week. There are some super good deals for people to snaggle up.  Will be nice to have some of my "older" stock cleared out so that I can have tons of brand new items to show off in January. My design style needs to change a bit. I need a makeover and am working hard to come up with new designs with some very beautiful cuts of stones. 

I have also changed my company name now to "Echoes of Norway". It ties it all together, my inspirations  which mainly come from living in such a beautiful place and the man in my life who challenges and supports me and pushes me to continue on my jewelry venture. I'm truly lucky to have the life I lead. 

So, today I offer a giveaway for a lovely necklace that includes a bezel set ruby and a turquoise cabochon. All sterling silver construction.
It comes with an 18" inch long sterling silver rolo chain.
The finish is bright and shiny and a tad oxidized to offset the colors of the stones.

In order to enter the giveaway for this necklace I'll need you to do the following:

1. Leave me a comment on this post,
telling me how you found out about my jewelry.

2. Put a link and a comment on your own blog regarding this GiveAway,
and leave me a comment here so I know you did so.
Don't forget to include a link here to your own blog so I can check it out.
(Value: 1 Entry)

3. Post a Facebook comment regarding this GiveAway,
and leave me a comment here so I know you did so.
(Value: 1 Entry)

4. Tweet about this GiveAway,
and leave me a comment here so I know you did so.
(Value: 1 Entry)

5. Become a fan of Echoes of Norway on facebook:
Echoes of Norway
and leave a comment for me here so that I know you did so.
(Value: 1 Entry)

6. Become a follower of this blog, and
(you guessed it) leave me a comment here so I know you did so.
(Value: 1 Entry)

You have 6 total possible ways to enter this GiveAway.
Enter via one, two, or all of them!

Please leave a SEPARATE comment below for EACH ENTRY you choose to make.

The drawing will be on December 12th.

Thanks for participating!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Receive a 20% discount in my Etsy shop right until December 24th, 2010.
Just use the code " December 2010" upon checkout. The discount will be deducted during checkout! This offer does not include items that are already marked ON SALE"!

Thanks! Happy shopping!

xx- Sabine