Tuesday, June 1, 2010

giveaway & a collection: with Maid of Clay

i just love seeing what folks are collecting. i guess i kind of feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their home. today, i'm delighted to present the next in the rikrak studio's collections series: 11 & a 1/2 quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they're collecting, (apart from their art supplies! ) you can also check out my new *the collectors* series on Etsy, based on these posts! hope you'll just love: antique animalia with Maid of Clay!

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when it comes to gift-giving, i love a gift that is personal, thoughtful, unique & of course, beautifully handmade. it's therefore a delight to see the handmade clay vessel work of acclaimed ceramics artist felicia of Maid of Clay.

whether it's a personalized custom monogram vase or name & date vase as a wonderful wedding, mother of the bride or groom, birthday, graduation or anniversary gift (read on to see how YOU can WIN one!) ... or a special mug for a family member (think dad for father's day!) or charming teacup for a friend, co-worker, or yourself, Maid of Clay offers something special for everyone.

i love the modern, fresh appeal of felicia's works, and i know you will too!

catch her etsy featured seller interview here. her beautiful shop here. and personal site here. and now.. let's see what felicia's collecting!






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Who are you? Hi, I’m Felicia, my Etsy shop is MaidofClay. My Twitter (which I just realized I haven’t used in 6 months) profile describes me as a mud-slinging pyromaniac and cat-lover.

What are you collecting? They say that 3 of anything constitutes a collection. If that’s the case, what aren’t we collecting?! The constant has always been old oil paintings (pre-1920), small antique animal bronzes, and small antique picture frames - metal or micro-mosaic.

When did you start? My husband, Paul, and I started going to flea markets about 18 years ago, when we got married and were decorating our home.

How many do you have? We live in a small 1920’s Tudor house so we are limited on space - we have enough that a number of pieces are in boxes in the attic. We switch out now and then as the mood strikes.

Where do you find them? We have some great flea markets here in Southern California and we’ve gotten a lot of good finds from there.

What’s an interesting story behind one: We once found a great little antique bronze at a flea market but I couldn’t find any information on it even though I could tell it was a quality piece. One day, we strolling around the Metropolitan Museum in NY, turned the corner, and there was our bronze!! It was supposed to be mounted on a signed marble base which is why I couldn’t find out anything about the artist.

Why do you love them? I don’t know, they just make me happy. What’s that saying? Beauty feeds the soul.

Which one is your favourite and why? Being the inveterate cat fanatic that I am, it would have to be the cat pieces.

What else do you collect? Heintz sterling and bronze pieces, American Art Pottery - Weller and Rookwood mostly, monogrammed love tokens, antique enamel charms, just about anything that catches my eye.




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wonderful - thanks so very much, felicia!
and now... Maid of Clay has kindly offered to give one lucky
rikrak studio reader
a personalized Monogrammed Handmade Vase!
woohoo!


1. go visit the lovely Maid of Clay shop!
... come back and tell us about your favourite goodie from her shop & why you love it!
=
1 entry

2. next, visit the Maid of Clay ceramics SITE!
... come back and tell us about something you adore from this amazing archive of felicia's works!
= 1 entry

3. follow Maid of Clay & the rikrak shop on twitter.
(she's
http://twitter.com/MaidofClayEtsy and i'm http://twitter.com/therikrakshop) . come back here and tell us!
= 1 entry.

4. tweet on twitter
about this giveaway and come back here and tell us! please be sure to include @therikrakshop so i can find you! :)
= 1 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. do a facebook update about this giveaway
come back and tell us.
= 1 more possible entry

7. do a blog post about this giveaway
come back and tell us!
= 1 more possible entry

8. :: 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 7 entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as it's own comment. thanks!
c) using random.org, 1 winner of the Maid of Clay giveaway will be chosen on wednesday, june 9th @ 9pm EST.
d) open to contestants worldwide.
e) 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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396 comments:

  1. I am in love with her Frida Kahlo face pendants...huge fan of Frida and these are just gorgeous in her Etsy shop...what a talent!
    Char.
    P.S. what a GREAT giveaway!

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  2. Just popped over to her website and I'm in love with so much...but those Art Nouveau vases are SO pretty!
    Char

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  3. I'm following both of you on Twitter.
    Char

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  4. I am and always be a follower of your blog!!!
    Char

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  5. I love the "Wedding Vase Personalized with Bride and Groom's Name and Date"! Such a unique idea!

    natosha haskins at gmail dot com

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  6. I'm a follower!

    natosha haskins at gmail dot com

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  7. On her website, the first necklace under face pendants is beautiful!

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  8. Tweeted as @jenni20designs

    sooo pretty! RT @therikrakshop: --> wish i could WIN the beautiful new giveaway on my blog today! so lovely! http://tinyurl.com/24nnf8d

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  9. The custom monogram vases are my favorite so I hope I win! ; )

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  10. Love that first flower necklace in the ceramic jewelry section!

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  11. Follow you both on Twitter!

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  12. and I LOVE this blog so of course I follow!! ; )

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  13. I don't enter things often but WOW do I love Maid of Clay's stuff! I tweeted one of your tweets on this :) (@leeleykeel)

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  14. I love the wedding vase with two names, so fun!

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  15. I love her art nouveau work, especially the daisy vases!

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  16. Following you both on twitter!

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  17. Retweeted the giveaway! {@dsgndbyrj}

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  18. I'm already a blog follower!

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  19. I love love her Couples Retro Tattoo Heart Mug, its been on my favourites forever! Her new manly man mugs are pretty awesome too, wish they were customizable, I'd love to get one for my carpenter boyfriend.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  20. Omg, her art nouveau collection is fantastic! I love the floral vases, just beautiful.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  21. I'm following rikrak on google reader.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  22. I love : Shinp Vase Lots of great items on this Etsy site, though!!

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  23. On website: love the art nouveau vases the most! gorgeous.

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  24. following on twitter. I am @beingtazim

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  25. Oh, that wedding vase - what a wonderful mix of porcelain perfection with handmade wonkiness! Awesome!

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  26. Oh - her arts & crafts style and art nouveau work is FABULOUSSSSSS!

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  27. I'm now following maid of clay on twitter!

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  28. I of course love subscribing to your awesome blog!

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  29. I Facebooked my friends about the giveaway too!

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  30. from the first shop i would LOVE to own the Lilac - Flower Child - Porcelain Pendant on Sterling Silver. I have been eyeing that item for a while now! It is so cool...i love how it is only half the face with the flowers for eyes...such a wonderful piece of art

    kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

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  31. i am already a follower of your blog!! under kshuttle

    kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

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  32. the item that i love from the second shop is the pig bowl! hehe that is so cute...i love it cuz one of my nicknames (from my stepdad) is piggy...cuz i eat ALL THE TIME!

    kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

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  33. I love MaidOfClay! We are fellow CCCOE teamies and I am particularly fond of her sculpted heads. Check this one out, amazing.
    http://bit.ly/bQjLhX

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  34. For me it's all about the cats! So adorable and full of personality.

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  35. I'm following you both! I would love it if you would follow me as well.
    xo Jane
    http://twitter.com/lovejanejewelry

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  36. I'm following both rikrak & maidofclay on twitter.

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  37. Follower 1301 on your great blog!

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  38. LOVE
    Kitty container
    SheilaC

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  39. Love the cat cream and sugar set :)

    SheilaC

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  40. love the red-headed devil girl..devilish things delight me!

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  41. My favourite goodie is the sweetheart vase. I think it would be a great gift.

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  42. I tweeted and retweeted and twittered @rikrak!!

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  43. I really like the Manly Man Dad Mug - Raw Wood and Screws in Sky Blue

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  44. The Mud people on Maid of Clay Ceramic site are all whimsical and lovely!

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  45. From the Maid of Clay ceramics site, I love the floral ceramic necklace. It reminds me of a necklace I saw at an Ohio museum that I loved but just didn't sit right on me. Sigh.

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  46. i love the ceramic flower necklace she made
    http://www.maidofclay.com/ceramic-jewelry.html

    its the first picture

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  47. I am very happy to have found your blog via MaidOfClay via CCCOE, it's great, look forward to reading your posts. Thanks, Jane

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  48. i follow you and maidofclay on twitter
    @cmumpy

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  49. http://twitter.com/cmumpy/status/15214873477

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  50. i subscribe to your blog!

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  51. Following MaidofClayEtsy and already follow you on Twitter. @myshewasyare

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  52. Already a rikrak studio blog subscriber.

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  53. I just told my FB friends about this amazing giveaway! Join me on FB too:
    lovejanejewelry.

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  54. Tweeted. http://twitter.com/myshewasyare/statuses/15215228966

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  55. Love all of her creations but especially the monogrammed vases... they're so clean and modern looking! Beautiful!

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  56. Went to MoC's site... the hedgehog vase is soooo cute!

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  57. alas, my blog is not ready to publish so this last request I can not fulfill!

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  58. I LOVE the wedding date vases! What a brilliant and beautiful idea!

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  59. Love this!! http://www.etsy.com/listing/46163090/custom-monogram-vases-for-individuals-or

    Such a simple piece with such a lovely touch of personality!! Would be such a great piece to have for a lifetime!

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  60. i love this Sweetheart Vase - Two Names, because this is unique.
    black11angel at yahoo dot com

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  61. I tweeted the about the giveaway! http://twitter.com/ceemee/status/15223738786

    christienne.raikielle@gmail.com

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  62. I adore the Cat Teacup Set - Kitty with Flowers and Butterfly Wings. The gray cat looks just like mine!

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  63. On her website, I adore her Art Nouveau period vases. They are beautiful!

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  64. I DO follow your blog! You have some outstanding giveaways, as well as some beautiful Etsy stuff!

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  65. I'm following you both on twitter - I'm kmp50!

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  66. I tweeted about your giveaway, too!

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  67. I've updated my Facebook page and given you a shout out there - http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/kathybear

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  68. The custom wedding mugs are cool!
    huffychic@gmail.com

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  69. The Art Nouveau vases are beautiful!
    huffychic@gmail.com

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  70. judyliebo@hotmail.com02 June, 2010 00:12

    Just visited the shop and wished I'd known about it last week. Attended a wedding and would have loved to give them a personalized vase. So beautiful!

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  71. i love the ceramic necklace, so unique and beautiful
    black11angel at yahoo dot com

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  72. following both of you at twitter
    black11angel at yahoo dot com

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  73. blog follower
    black11angel at yahoo dot com

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  74. blog post
    http://gustosa-giveaways.blogspot.com/2010/06/personalized-monogrammed-handmade-vase.html
    black11angel at yahoo dot com

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  75. judyliebo@hotmail.com02 June, 2010 00:23

    Love Love Love the face pendants!

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  76. Large Monogram Vase for Couples or an Individual is my fav

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  77. love the wedding vases on her site!

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  78. I like Gray Cat Teacup Set - Kitty with Flowers and Butterfly Wings because I love Cats and Butterflies and this is adorable.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  79. Maid of Clay ceramics SITE - I love Cat Teapot Snowball Fight.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  80. I follow Maid of Clay & the rikrak shop on Twitter - Janetfaye

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  81. I follow on GFC - janetfaye

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  82. I love the Sweetheart Vase from the Maid of Clay Etsy store!

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  83. On the Maid of Clay website I am in love with the dog sculptures, especially the first one on the page!

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  84. The large monogram vase is my favorite ~ it's simple, yet has a bit of a curve to its shape that makes it so lovely. http://www.etsy.com/listing/46451499/large-monogram-vase-for-couples-or-an

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  85. I love the Wedding Vase, such a cute idea!!
    thanks for the giveaway!
    escuishi(at)homtail(dot)com

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  86. I am ultra in love with the Art Nouveau work, the first one on the page is amazing.
    escuishi(at)hotmail.com

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  87. I love the Yarn Bowl! it's gorgeous and interesting with the cut out yarn word. I love it because it's very different to most bowls that simply emboss or print words onto the surface.

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  88. There's so many amazing work from Maid of Clay ceramics but I adore the animal bowls the most. It's so cute and I know it'll look great empty or with anything in it.

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  89. am a follower of rikrak studio blog with google friend connect and google reader

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  90. Tweeted the giveaway!
    http://twitter.com/honeysucklelane

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  91. Thanks for the giveaway! Love her shop!

    Entry #1 - My favorite item from her Etsy shop:

    Large Monogram Vase

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  92. Entry #2 - Favorite from her sold items:

    Anything from the arts and crafts section. The trees are awesome!

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  93. Entry #3 - Follow on Twitter:

    I follow both of you!

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  94. Entry #4 - Retweet:

    I re-tweeted this giveaway!

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  95. Entry #5 - Follow this blog:

    I am a follower!

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  96. Entry #6 - FB Post:

    I posted this giveaway on FB!

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  97. I love this http://www.etsy.com/listing/48182897/wedding-vase-personalized-with-bride-and with the cursive handwriting!

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  98. Loving the wedding vase with the block letters! It'd be the perfect decoration for our new home together :)

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  99. I love the Art Nouveau vases on the Maid of Clay ceramics site. I also started laughing when I saw a vase that said "Tony & Jess" since that was the bride & groom in the last wedding I attended!

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  100. Her archive is such a treasure trove! My favorite is the animal bowl of the wiener dog :) My fiance's parents have one back home and he misses him all the time.

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  101. I love Felicia's work. My favorite is the monogram vases - this one in particular: http://www.etsy.com/listing/46163090/custom-monogram-vases-for-individuals-or

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  102. Felicia's website is gorgeous! I love her bunny scuptures!

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  103. I'm following you both on twitter!

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  104. My favorite from Maid of Clay is the Sweetheart Vase - Two Names because I love the cursive and the shape of the vase1
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  105. I went to Felicia's ceramics site and I love the Frida Kahlo necklace!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  106. I follow the RikRak Studio blog!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  107. I've put the link on Facebook!

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  108. I love the I'm not easily amused pendant! What a great shop!

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  109. i love the wedding vase (Maid of Clay shop)

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  110. love the white flower necklace (Maid of Clay ceramics site)

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  111. my favorite is the Wedding Vase Personalized with Bride and Groom's Name and Date, but I am having a slight love affair with the Frida Kahlo face pendant, I did a huge project on her for my Art class in high school.

    leighDOTonedayatatimeATgmailDOTcom

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  112. follow her on twitter (@sandro619)

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  113. tweeted! http://twitter.com/sandro619/status/15253029749

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  114. The vases are very neat; I've never seen anything like it. But in the shop, I like the mug with the VW and butterfly wings. It's whimsy and fun.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  115. love the Wedding Vase - Custom Names of Bride and Groom with Wedding Date!

    thanks for the opportunity!
    meredith dot targarona at gmail dot com

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  116. love the ceramic jewelry (face necklaces)! thanks for the opportunity!
    meredith dot targarona at gmail dot com

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  117. blog follower! thanks for the opportunity!
    meredith dot targarona at gmail dot com

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  118. I love ALL of felicia's work - but her Frida pendants are my faves! Someday I hope to commission her to make a personalized vase!

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  119. I LOVE the cat mugs. They are so funky and cute!

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  120. Over at Maid's site - I have to say that i just adore her kitty scuptures - most specifically the creamer & sugar bowl! Adorable!!

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  121. After looking through the main website, it's pretty amazing to see the range of items and styles. Oh, to be so talented.

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  122. Oh gosh, I already follow both of you lovely ladies on Twitter! xo

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  123. RikRak - I love your blog! And, I follow it very regularly via Bloglines! xo

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  124. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of Felicia's gorgeous pieces!! xo

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  125. I love the Sweetheart Vase!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  126. I love the personalized vases! The monogram one especially! xo

    -Skully
    sharkseat@hotmail.com

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  127. And the ceramic jewelry from the Made of Clay site is unbelievable. I've never seen anything like them. How neat! xo

    -Skully
    sharkseat@hotmail.com

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  129. My favorite from her Etsy store is the Little Sicarius cat vase, because it looks like one of my own cats:)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  130. From the Felicia's site archives, I like the Art Nouveau style vases.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  131. I'm following your blog via Google

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  132. Love the Wedding Vase Personalized with Bride and Groom's Name and Date!

    christina.coursey@gmail.com

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  133. I love the Wedding Vase! What a unique wedding gift!
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  134. From the ceramics site, I really like the Art Nouveau pottery.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  135. Following both on Twitter @maybaby522.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  136. Following via GFC.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  137. tweet:
    http://twitter.com/maybaby522/status/15262676637
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  138. I LOVE the Large Monogram Vase for Couples or an Individual and the Wedding Vase Personalized with Bride and Groom's Name and Date! So cute!!!!!

    kelseylaster@gmail.com

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  139. This is my fav: http://www.etsy.com/listing/47438942/calico-cat-teacup-set-kitty-with-flowers

    I am following you both on twitter & I retweeted the giveaway!

    Crossing my fingers in hopes I win!

    Mary
    hoganfe handmade
    handbag originals

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  140. tweeted as @sallykeller814

    love love love these!!

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  142. I have to say the monogram vases are my favorite from the Etsy site. Love them!

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  143. The Art Nouveau vases on the ceramic site are lush and gorgeous. Wow!

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  144. I love the Large Monogram Vases! They are so pretty :)

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  145. I am following you both on twitter.

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  146. i'm following your blog :)

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  147. The face pendants on the Maid of Clay ceramics site are adorable! I like the Frida Kahlo one in particular :)

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  148. I love the Wedding Vase - Custom Names of Bride and Groom with Wedding Date. It is really elegant and fun.

    sarahbobloblaw@gmail.com

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  149. love this yarn bowl...
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/47961557/yarn-bowl-deep-red-and-ivory-ready-to
    it would be perfect for my sister in law!

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  150. Love all of the WEdding Vases from Maid of Clay's site!

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  151. I love everything that Felicia makes. Right now I adore this sweet kitty tea cup http://www.etsy.com/listing/47438942/

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  152. On her ceramics site, I adore Felicia's sake set with the faces on the bottom. And the cat sculpture that is pulling the bunny toy behind it is super cute!

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  153. From the Made of Clay shop I love the Sweetheart Vase and wish someone would get it for my Fiance and I for our engagement!

    dlogstonATgmailDOTcom

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  154. From her ceramic shop, I like the little whale figurine that looks to hold a single flower. My Mom does a lot of stuff to protest Japanese hunting of whales so I'm sure she'd love this guy on her desk!

    dlogstonATgmailDOTcom

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  155. i LOVE the Art Nouveau vases, they are soo fabulous!! If I were to win, I would get me and my husband's names on it!

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  156. Since I am a cat-lover like Felicia, my favorite is the "I lurve Mah Kitteh" mug!

    Thank you!

    em9499 at gmail dot com

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  157. My favorite is the "Lurve Mah Kitteh" mug, but I ADORE Felicia's Annoyed Feline - Handsculpted Gray Tabby Cat Sculpture / Rattle! She really has a way of capturing a cats personality!

    Thank you,

    em9499 at gmail dot com

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  158. I follow the Rik Rak Studio.

    Thank you!

    em9499 at gmail dot com

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  159. Well I cant help myself I LOVE the yarn bowl!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/47960427/yarn-bowl-deep-red-and-ivory-ready-to

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  160. From MOC personal site I LOVE the Tree Plate from the Arts&Crafts style:)

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  161. I am now a follower of Rikrakstudio:)

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  162. Following you both on Twitter as amymaydesign:)

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  163. I love the Wedding Vase Personalized with Bride and Groom's Name and Date in the script text. It is such a unique gift and I love the clay in script. beautiful!

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  164. I love the Art Nouveau series. The floral vases are stunning. Thanks.

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  165. I love the Large Monogram Vase from the Maid of Clay etsy shop!

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  166. I love felicia's art nouveau work, the white flowers are my favorite pieces! :)

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  167. I follow the rikrak studio :)

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  168. I blogged!

    http://livingabeautifullyblessedlife.blogspot.com/

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  169. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(d0t)com

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/39288963/sweetheart-vase-two-names

    I love that beczause it's so sweet!

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  170. i love the sculpture on her website of the man that looks kinda like a friendly giant. :)

    ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  171. My favorite item from her etsy shop is the Sweetheart Vase, although her Frida Kahlo pendants are gorgeous and also calling to me!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  172. My favorite piece from her website is the green art nouveau vase with the wood nymph's face in it. The expression is amazing!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  173. I love everything in Maid of Clays Etsy shop but this is one of my favorites, the Secret Message Heart Sulpture....such fun! http://www.etsy.com/listing/39253339/secret-message-heart-sculpture

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  174. I am now a new follower of your blog!

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  175. Now following you both on Twitter!

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  176. Shared this link on my Facebook page too! http://www.facebook.com/PearlieGirlDesigns

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  177. I love the face pendants! ^^ My favorite is the Frida Kahlo Icon - Porcelain Face on Sterling Silver. c:

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

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  178. Visited her site as well! c: Really loved the Art Nouveau vases especially the one on the 4th row, right picture, 7th one from the top). ^_^

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

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  179. I subscribe via email. c:

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

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  180. Love the custom monogram vases. But the wedding vases are great too.

    nordstromemily(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  181. I really enjoyed looking at your work. It really is incredible. I love all the flower vases. They are like paintings, so intricate and beautiful.

    nordstromemily(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  182. I follow.

    nordstromemily(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  183. laura4him@bellsouth.net
    I like the art neaveau vases

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  184. I am IN LOVE with the "Fangbanger" mug. LOVE!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  185. I love the sculptures on her website- the clay looks so delicate & fine. It's hard to imagine it started out as just a lump of clay!

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  186. I subscribe to the Rikrak blog in my Google Reader!

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  187. I love the "Manly Man Dad Mug - Raw Wood and Screws on Moss Green" because it's perfect for Father's Day!

    samyrocks92 at msn 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!