Friday, September 2, 2011

Unique company, opportunity & $50 gift certificate giveaway

I am thankful for the many things that I have collected as a military child and military spouse from the many countries that we have lived ....or for the gifts from my dad, husband and brother whenever they had deployed with the military ...or for the gifts our children have picked up on their travels.

Places such as Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Germany, Poland, Turkey, China, Honduras, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, Iraq...


This week, I was introduced to & would like to share with you:

 a Unique website. 

After Ricky from NOVICA contacted me with information of "one of the leading fair trade artisans websites", I wanted to take a look first to see what it was all about.  

This collage I made are of just a few of the many amazing pieces I really liked on NOVICA.

batik scarf created by Mayda of Bali ~ Sterling silver pearl earrings created by Buana of Bali ~ 3 colorful woven boxes created by Wayan Genep of Bali

Hand blown glasses by Javier & Efren of Mexico ~ Kashmiri chainstitched rug by Sajad of India ~ Cotton Hammock, "Manaus Majesty by the women pf Ceara, Brazil

Ceramic vase, "Sowing Fields" by the Huaman Paucar family of the Andes ~ watercolor painting "Girl with Bucket" created by Carlos Morales of the Andes ~ Sterling silver cuff bracelt created by Ploy Intha of Thailand

Unique Fair Trade Artisan website:

So many beautiful handcrafted items created by artisans from various countries 
around the world.

(image taken from NOVICA website)  

& I loved reading the stories of the artisans that are featured. Some of them are the sole bread winners for their families.


& for any of you interested...
a Unique opportunity:
Be a Consultant!

(image taken from NOVICA website)

As a consultant, "...getting in early is a big opportunity in direct sales. ..a lot of promotions going on for...early consultants, including anyone that becomes a 
Director this year will go to Bali next year."

For more information on how to be a consultant, please go here: Novica Live
And if you become a consultant, please be sure to let them know you heard about NOVICA from my blog. Thank you so much!


& a Unique Giveaway:
$50 gift certificate

NOVICA also gave me $100 to use as I choose on NOVICA's great website. So I am looking forward to using $50 and also give away a $50 gift certificate for one of my blog readers to shop and use towards any of their many beautiful items on their website.

Giveaway ends midnight September 29, 2011. And winner will be announced on September 30th.

Here are the ways to enter:

Mandatory entry & in one comment for Entry #1: 
Please go to at least three of the following 5 sites and let me know an item from each of the three that strikes your fancy :o) 

Novica has items from jewelry to home decor, so be sure to peek around at all they have to offer.

 & for more chances to win...These are additional entries (if you choose to enter with these additional entries, please leave separate comments for each and your email address):

Entry #2  Follow my blog
Entry #3  Follow my facebook art page, by "liking" it :o)
Entry #4  Post about this on your blog and let me know which post, so I can visit.

Thank you for stopping by and entering. I've only done a couple of reviews before, and I really have been so pleased with those, as well as the opportunity to share this Unique company today.

Joining in
...Free Pretty Things For You's Whatever You Want Wednesday.
...with Jenny's  Alphabe-Thursday's "U" 
..with Mel for Fancy Friday Blog hop.

One last thing, I usually post something about my family or the things in my neck of the woods, so that you can get a glimpse behind the art that I do...this week, I am not, but as always, I try to share some past art orders on every post. If you are new to my blog, every drawing that I do is drawn entirely with an individual's name.

These are a few landmarks from various countries.

This is the Arc de Triomphe. An order for a customer's daughter-in-law who loved this structure when she visited France.

This was from a windmill in the Netherlands. This was drawn for a customer for someone that became a dear friend of theirs while stationed in the Netherlands.

This is the Neuschwanstein castle in  Schwangau, Germany.  This was ordered for a son who also was intrigued by this beautiful castle when visiting it years ago.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and comment. All the best to those that wish to participate in this Unique giveaway :o)

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Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Maria, I'm proud of you.. Someone with your talent should be able to show it off on Novica... That's a perfect place for you/your work. Congrats.

I don't participate anymore in Giveaways --but I'm sure that many blog friends will love it... Thanks..

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Aw! Sweet Betsy! Thank you for your sweet words! I am not one of those selling on NOVICA, although that would be super cool :o) This is a site of talented artisans, that Ricky of NOVICA asked me to share with my blog readers.

Blessings & Aloha!

Jennifer said...

Wow!! What an amazing site!!! I could spend a weekend browing and selecting items!!!

Jennifer said...

I follow your blog!!

Jennifer said...

I've been following your FB page for awhile! I've always admired your work!

xinex said...

I have ordered something from Novica, they have neat ethnic and global products. I used to have a Smithsonian subscription and I still get regular emails from them. Congrats and good luck on this new venture, Maria! How generous of you to share the gift....Christine

xinex said...

I already follow you here and on Facebook....Christine

xinex said...

I love their alpaca scarfs. In fact I ordered some from Ebay a few months ago to give away for Chirstmas presents and ordered shawls for myself too. I also like the hand carved canes and I saw a lot that appeals to me in their tableware....Christine

Kel said...

What a great website. I love their collections. I love the Guatemala Fall Shoulder bag and the Loyal Hound walking stick (it reminds me of one my dad used in Germany). I also think my hubby would love an Alpaca Wool Scarf.

Kel said...

I follow your lovely blog and adore your art work. :)

Kel said...

I like you Facebook page.

Debbiedoos said...

I have browsed their site before and I have to say I love their items. Very unique indeed. I believe they contacted me recently and offered me a review. So don't count me in on the giveaway as I would want someone else to win. Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful site.


A GAL NEEDS... said...

I visited Novica and I love the Alpaca wool blend wrap called 'Serenity', the 'Spotted Boston Terrier' by the Ramirez Brothers and the 'Silver Elephants' cufflinks by Shanker! I love all this beautiful art!
daisydoo200 at yahoo dotcom

A GAL NEEDS... said...

I am a blog follower! (Helena)
daisydoo200 at yahoo dotcom

A GAL NEEDS... said...

I am a new follower to your FB Page! Beautiful stuff!
daisydoo200 at yahoo dotcom

Barbara F. said...

Thanks for sharing this interesting site. Very nice giveaway. xo

Anonymous said...

The alpaca scarves are exquisite. The colors are gorgeous!

Monica said...

Hi Maria! I'm already a follower of your blog.

Monica said...

I've started checking the websites - already I've seen some beautiful handbags and scarves! I must go check out the rest!
As always, I love your sketches!!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What a great site to do some Christmas shopping!

I love the Midnight Blue Belt, the Violet Houndstooth shawl and the Serpentine cufflinks...

andisueks said...

I love Novica! Here are some things that I found that I love:

Batik scarf, 'Happy Hibiscus'
Garnet cufflinks, 'Lyric'
Alpaca wool scarf, 'Silver Gift of Warmth'

andisue at hotmail dot com

andisueks said...

I am following you on GFC, andisueks.

andisue at hotmail dot com

andisueks said...

I like your page on FB, andisueks.

andisue at hotmail dot com

Jenny said...

Hi Maria. I've ordered from the before and they have lovely things.

Please don't enter me into the giveaway (I'm so awful about getting thank you's out I just feel too guilty!) but good luck to someone!

This was a fun stop today! It sounds like exciting things are happening for you!


Thanks for linking up.


Keri {One Mama's Daily Drama} said...

Ooh, too many nice things! I really like the ladies handbags and belts. Hubby has just gotten into wood carving though, so I would have to order him a walking stick - perhaps the Master of the Sky.

Anonymous said...

I liked a lot of what they had but I have to say- I'd be picking from the ladies list. There are just so many things we'd love. My top 3 right now would be the luna negra wool wrap, coconut shell handbag, and tropics silk batik fan.

Anonymous said...

I'm following you via GFC now.

Anonymous said...

I liked you on FB too!

kate blue said...

you know I'm too lazy to jooin in but just popped by to say that I have been a NOVICA fan for years...their stuff is truly unique and well crafted so my wish list for them is always super long :)

A GAL NEEDS... said...

Blogged it here -
daisydoo200 at yahoo dotcom

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

I follow your blog and facebook page.

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

things I like are a cotton sling tote bag with elephant and coconut button from the accessories catalog; loyal hound walking stick from men's walking stick catalog; joyful roses cotton and silk scarf, for me, form men's scarves catalog. Nice items!

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