Monday, June 4, 2012

the 2012 handmade WORLD CUP: round A

WELCOME to the 2012 handmade WORLD CUP!

with the great success of the rikrak studio 2012 handmade olympics, i thought it was high-time we celebrated the amazing handmaking world again! so today, i launch ... the 3rd annual 2012 handmade WORLD CUP: a superfun & friendly celebration cheering on the world of handmade while our football/soccer counterparts thrill the world at that their own fun competitions!

i hope it increases exposure to ALL of the amazing handmaking nations out there! yay world! it's great great free promotion for your country's fabulous handmakers, so spread the word (ps: i'll be featuring examples of each nation's work for rounds D, E and F!) 

our world cup  will work like this: from june 4th to 29th, each of you will have the opportunity to CHEER on (i.e VOTE for!) your favourite handmaking countries! 

in 2010 - our 1st HANDMADE WORLD CUP WINNER was the formidable SOUTH AFRICA, defeating the fabulous SPAIN in a gruelingly wonderful final match! the random entry winner was able to choose from the plethora of gorgeous SOUTH AFRICAN handmade etsy shops in which to spend her fabulous winnings! {congrats to skinny laminx, the chosen south african shop!} 

and last year in 2011, the 2nd HANDMADE WORLD CUP WINNER was the brilliant ITALY, defeating the wonderful SPAIN in the final match! the random entry winner chose the Italian shop homemade bags in which to spend her glorious winnings! yay!

so who will WIN in 2012? 
there will be 5 rounds of voting.
each round (except the final!) will have various matches in which you can cast your vote! the teams with the higher number of votes in each matchup will proceed to the next round!

the PRIZE is a $30 shopping spree in the Etsy shop of your choice, FROM the winning country! so for example: if Italy wins the 2012 handmade world cup voting, then the winning entry will spend their $30 prize in ANY Italy-based Etsy shop! :) (donated by me, rikrak! :)

woohoo!! each ROUND will be open for voting for approx. 4-5 days. so be sure to get your votes in.

the total number of entries will be the cumulative ballots from round 1+ round 2 + round 3 + round 4 + round 5!

NOTE: you do NOT need to have voted for the winning team to win. it will be a random draw of all entries!


round A :: 32 teams :: voting june 4-8
round B :: 16 teams :: voting june 9-13
round C :: 8 teams :: voting june 14-18
round D :: 4 teams :: voting june 19-23
round E :: 2 teams :: voting june 24-28
FINAL WINNING TEAM & lucky entry winner 
announced june 29th!


:: about the teams :: the teams were chosen based on the following criteria:
  • countries that are part of the 2010 or 2011 men OR women's world cup and/or
  • have an etsy team registered with more then 10 active shops
  • have a strong enough handmaking presence on etsy when *shop local* is searched
  • have a strong handmaking following online, as determined by me! :)
:: ROUNDS ::
* the country that receives the most votes each round will proceed to the next round! so be sure to VOTE each round to increases your chances!

match 1
usa vs. malaysia

match 2
england vs. singapore

match 3
greece vs. mexico

match 4
canada vs. russia

match 5
india vs. israel

match 6
japan vs. thailand

match 7
australia vs. germany

match 8
ireland vs. latvia

match 9
south africa vs. scotland

match 10
brazil vs. france

match 11
new zealand vs. sweden

match 12
denmark vs. belgium

match 13
the netherlands vs. turkey

match 14
portugal vs. switzerland

match 15
italy vs. south korea

match 16
spain vs. austria

:: PLEASE VOTE via the rafflecopter BOX below ::

you can earn a ballot for EACH match you VOTE on!

---> this ROUND of matches CLOSES june 8th @ 11pm EST
1. vote.
you can vote ONCE for each match. (i.e. this ROUND you can vote up to 16 times, once for each match!)

you can also tweet, do a facebook update, blog about the giveaway, pin it, etc. (please log in to rafflecopter with your email or facebook account to all the ways to enter!) 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
one way to enter is also to grab one of my rikrak studio buttons,
like this one for YOUR BLOG!

the rikrak studio

the rikrak studio

and add it to your blog!
{ ... just copy & paste the text in the box above  onto your blog sidebar! thanks! }

on june 9th,  the winners of each match from ROUND A will be posted, when the NEW round of matches/voting begins!

so come back then to earn more entries, too!
yay and happy friendly competition, nicies!
yay handmaking around the world!


a) it is possible to have numerous entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as its own comment. thanks!
c) as always, this giveaway is open to all contestants, worldwide.
e) the winner of this giveaway will be chosen from on
june 28th 2011 @ 11:01pm EST.
f) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account 
doesn't link to one. thanks.
g) the winning random ballot will be chosen from all rounds of voting added together. 
h) thanks so much everyone! and thanks for visiting the blog!


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  1. Oh, this is so super-fun! Thank you so much!

    Such competition is a great chance for small country like Latvia to be spotted and to fell in love with!

    So, my votes.

    Match 1 - USA

  2. Oh, mine was the first comment! Nice! I hope it means good luck!

    Match 2 - England

  3. Match 8 - LATVIA (of course!)

  4. Match 13 - The Netherlands

  5. hello :)

    i've voted on every match :)

  6. So much fun - I'm not sure if Rafflecoptor likes me but fingers crossed for me anyways!!!

  7. Great idea. Will go vote via the link now....

  8. Hello :) my votes:
    Match 1

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  11. Hi! :)
    Funny idea, I'll partecipate :D

    match 1

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  13. Hi, very funny idea!! I've voted on every match :)

  14. Thank you was cool to have such an olimpics...I'm curious now to see who'll win!!

  15. Hello! :)
    my votes are:

    match 1 :malaysia

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  17. Here are my votes!
    Match 1: Malaysia! Woot! ;)

  18. Here are my votes:

    Match 1: Malaysia! Woot! ;)


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