Monday, October 5, 2009

greatest hits & a giveaway!: with string me along

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what inspires you artistically & creatively? what would those inspirations look like visually? in this fun series, (please see the others here) ... i’ve invited some wonderful artists to share with us 4 images of inspiration in their artistic life, something of an interview in images! the guidelines were basically this: choose 4 visuals (something like your creative-stimuli *greatest hits!*) that you feel most inspires & expresses your art or craft today. for some, it might be a person, place or thing; a material; a pattern; a colour; a sound or song, etc. it might be a photograph, a drawing, a scan, etc. i’ve tried to leave it a bit open-ended so that we might better glimpse into these artists' motivations and their amazing, raw talent! today i’m delighted to present the next in the series : greatest hits with StringMeAlong (and a giveaway, too!)
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happy gorgeous monday, lovelies!

now i've always been the type of person to love an occasion to dress up!
but we all know that if we wait for one to come along, such occasions can be too few and too far between. i say, let's create our own!

so i've always enjoyed the idea of making everyday a great opportunity to add a little glamour & sparkle to what i'm wearing! whether i'm playing at the park, going to the grocery store or packing orders... i'm wonderfully guilty of incorporating fun jewelry and a little glam whenever i can!


so you can imagine how much i enjoy the lovely StringMeAlong handmade beaded jewelry shop. her wonderful collection of earrings, brooches, rings & hair-accessories has something to offer for both everyday wear, as well as an array of gorgeous special occasion delights, too!
i just love her beautiful hairsticks, too... and read on to learn how you can WIN a pair! woohoo! plus, a little glamour mixed with kindness goes a long way in my books. and the wonderful StringMeAlong is a wonderful, kind soul. and i've gotta say, when i saw her fun *inspirations* i knew that she was a kindred spirit, indeed! (and that for certain, she adds a wonderful bit of glamour to her days, too! )
so be sure to visit the StringMeAlong shop!



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and now...
what inspires StringMeAlong, in her own words & images...


1) "I find the most inspiration in an ever-present wanderlust. I love travelling in Europe, and find it brimming with inspiration at every footstep. From the well-trod cobbled streets, to crumbling architecture, from its electic mix of the ancient and the modern, to its rich tapestry of cultures. I love how a place can cling to a rich history, yet still embrace a bright and shining future. "


2) "The Natural World is full of inspiration. Anywhere one cares to look there is inspiration to be found. I can gaze dreamily for hours at rocky cliff faces, gently lapping waves, a soaring bird, or fields of gently blowing grasses. "(photo of Bon Echo)



3) "Flora, for me is the best place to find colour cues. If I am sitting at my workspace amidst a tumble of beads and find myself reaching for the same, safe colour combination, I get up and take myself out for a walk in a garden. Flowers and trees are not timid in their colour play, and they combine and mix hues beautifully."


4) "There has been talk that I might have been born in the wrong era. I turn to 1940's Big Band, or classic Parisian cafe tunes for musical inspiration. I'm not sure, to be honest where this springs from, but put on an Edith Piaf song and somehow I find a hidden well-spring of creativity."
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thanks so much, nicey!
and now... StringMeAlong is offering
one lucky reader an amazing

Set of her beautiful Bloom Flower Hairsticks

in gorgeous wintry white! yay!




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here's how to enter the giveaway!
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1. go visit the lovely StringMeAlong shop
... take a look around ... come back here and leave a comment in this post about your favourite goodie from her shop & where you'd wear it!= 1 entry

2. visit StringMeAlong's lovely blog

and leave her a comment on a post.
... then come back here and tell us about it. = 1 entry.

3. tweet on twitter
about this giveaway and leave us a link to it in a separate comment here. = 1 more possible entry.


4. blog about this giveaway
and leave us a link to it in a separate comment here.= 1 more possible entry


5. follow or subscribe to the rikrak studio blog
and leave me a comment here telling us that you do! = 1 more possible entry.

6. :: PLEASE NOTE: each entry must be it's own comment.thanks! ::

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:: RULES ::
a) it is possible to have a maximum of 5 entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as it's own comment. thanks!
c) the winner of the StringMeAlong giveaway will be chosen via random.org on
Tues. October 13th @ 9AM EST.
d) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account doesn't link to one. thanks.

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hope you can add a little glam to your day, nicies!

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63 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway! I love these earrings from the shop - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24244309 and I'd wear them EVERYWHERE!!!!

    lstessera@yahoo.com

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  2. This is MY fave...the Trillium Brooch
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25857940
    I'd wear it on my tweed jacket ALOT!

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  3. And I visited her blog and told her that I saw Santa!

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  4. her shop is delightful! i love the volcanic earrings so classic!

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  5. My favorite is Partly Cloudy - Necklace
    egateris at gmail dot com

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  6. I am subscriber (netvibes)
    egateris at gmail dot com

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  7. i like the turquoise christmas stocking

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  8. i also retweeted the giveaway. etsygiveaways twittered and i retweeted.

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  9. I'm gushing over this shop! I'd love to spice up my boring work suits with the First Flush - Earrings!! THANK YOU! --Michelle, blogattoday[-at]gmaildotcom

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  10. I'm following your blog!! =D --Michelle, blogattoday[-at]gmaildotcom

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  11. I commented on StringMeAlong's lovely blog because she loves pumpkins and so do I! (http://stringmealong-carol.blogspot.com/2009/10/favorite-things-october-5.html) --Michelle, blogattoday[-at]gmaildotcom

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  12. I would wear the buttery flower earrings to work everyday because buttery yellow is my favorite color!

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  13. I commented on StringMeAlong's lovely blog because she loves pumpkins and so do I! (http://stringmealong-carol.blogspot.com/2009/10/favorite-things-october-5.html) --Michelle, blogattoday[-at]gmaildotcom

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  14. I love the cactus flower lapel pin http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25655023
    and I'd wear it with my pea coat.

    hrfarley at gmail domt

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  15. I love teh "MOre Adventures of a Hoot" earrings :) I'd wear them with jeans, my cowboy boots and a shirt - I'm a casual girl
    eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. commented on her personal blog about pumpkins :)
    eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. i love the Dusted Grape Ring and i would wear it to a movie with my friends on the weekend.

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  18. I love the Ice Wine - Flower Hairsticks these are gorgoues I would wear to my knitting groups vbarton24 at gmail dot com

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  19. I commented on the september 7th post vbarton24 at gmail dot com

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  20. twittered http://twitter.com/morgaine24/status/4643802444 vbarton24 at gmail dot com

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  21. im following your blog as vickie vbarton24 at gmail dot com

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  22. I love the Plum Nouveau - Necklace and would wear it to an art gallery opening or music show.

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  23. Posted on "slow down, you move too fast" on string-me-along's blog. It is lovely!

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  24. I love the Sand Sea and Sky necklace and I would wear it every day

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  25. I love http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28633908

    Regards from Barcelona

    Laia
    laiafortuny(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. My Sweetheart - Necklace . I would wear it on a wedding! it's lovely!

    i follow you!

    cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

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  27. The Sweetie Olive Studs. I'd wear them right now!

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  28. Lovely stuff!
    I especially like the "More Adventures of Hoot" earrings. I'd wear them everwhere...and anywhere.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  29. My favorite thing in the shop right now is probably the Cactus Flower Lapel pin:
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25655023

    Amazing!

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com

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  30. I follow Rikrak blog!

    carapacenatori(at)gmail.com

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  31. I like the Dreaming in Brown Sugar necklace. I would wear it out to dinner.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  32. I like the Dreaming in Brown Sugar Necklace and I'd wear it to the holiday party at Christmas time-its beautiful

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  33. I like the A Rose by Any Other Colour-Necklace the most. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. I love the Drama Queen necklace. So pretty! I would wear it for christmas or out to dinner. This shop is so amazing! Thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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  35. I commented on string me along-post- Pumpkins. A house just looks more homey with a pumpkin and I am going to buy some white ones this yr. Thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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  36. I love the Little Black Dress earrings. Where wouldn't I wear them? They're dressy enough to wear them with the little black dress, but I'd also wear them with a sweater and jeans.

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  37. Love the 'Plum Nouveau' necklace. . .I would wear it for my e-pics, since I have a plum dress. . .

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  38. I would so buy this

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19678020

    And i would wear it while doing housework naked :)

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  39. and I posted on her blog about pumpkins :)

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  40. stringmealong is where i turned to find a quality, unique and impressive gift for someone impossible to please - and the recipient LOVED her bracelet! I'm a big fan :) I love this filagree ring http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28097635 and likely I would wear it everywhere!

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  41. I love the Mon Cherry, Amour - Burgundy Bobby Pin. In a dream world I would wear it to a fancy restaurant in France but in reality would wear it to a nice Greek restaurant we enjoy!

    lankylegslass(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  42. i like the bottom of the rainbow necklace. it would go great with most of what i own!



    amiddleton85
    gmail

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  43. It was very hard to pick a favorite because everything is so nice! I chose, as my favorite, the Persian Peacock Plume Necklace because of it's nice colors. I would wear this to work. Thank you for this nice giveaway.

    chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I follow your blog.

    chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I shared your giveaway on Twitter:

    http://twitter.com/chinook92/status/4708684893

    chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I like the Luminous Cascade.
    jswandrn @ gmail.com

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  47. Such a hard choice, they are all lovely. I absolutely love these earrings though: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26377910

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  48. I left a comment on her what do you see in the cloud pic post. (ship!)

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  49. I'm a Twitter follower and tweeted! http://twitter.com/ahensnest/statuses/4747512572

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  50. Blog follower! Henrietta @ A Hen's Nest

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  51. I really like the butterscotch swirl hairsticks, and I think they'd be nice to dress up an everyday outfit.

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  52. I love the Baroque - Filigree Ring - Amethyst.

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30248305

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  53. I left a comment on her blog post "Enter to Win".

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  54. I blogged.

    http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com/2009/08/list-of-worldwide-giveaways.html

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  55. I'm a follower.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  56. I tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/4810274209

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!