Monday, January 18, 2010

Goldfinch Giveaway by Handy Maiden

Handy Maiden, run by Danielle is a neat little store that has all types of handmade jewelry and accessories. She is supposed to be attending SDSU right now but California's massive budget cuts to education have made her college aspirations to study Western and US history an impossibility (for now). She and her husband will stay local until he finishes grad school and then they will move so that she can persue her degree. While waiting for her husband to finish school, she spends her time meticulously painting tiny lumps of polymer clay. I personally love all her floral bibs and the tiny painted creatures made from polymer.

She's always liked artsy stuff. She draws all the time and always gets really excited about learning a new material. She has tried embroidery, crocheting, made beaded and button jewelry as well as copper wire window hangings. The majority of the items in her closet have been upcycled/ altered in some way. A while ago she got her hands on some polymer clay and made a bunch of things. She learned shortly after that she preferred to paint the clay rather than use different clay colors. This is not the typical way most polymer artists work, as they use different polymer colors rather than painting white polymer. This gives her polymer creations much more detail and more vivid colors. Now whenever she is out and sees something interesting she wonders: "How can I turn that idea into a pendant?"

She also just opened a new shop, Terra Farma, where she will be selling terrarium decoration supplies (dinosaurs, castles, bears, snails, mushrooms, etc.) for etsy sellers or people who simply want to add something surprising and fun to the terrariums they build.

Now about the giveaway!

The pendant that Handy Maiden is giving away is a goldfinch from her finch series, inspired by the birds that loiter about her front yard every day. It is about 1” tall (2.54cm), it was hand inked and painted in shades of yellow, orange, black & white before being dipped in several layers of varnish for a glassy finish. He comes attached to a ball chain with an aged pewter finish by way of a custom copper finding.

Here is how to enter:
  • Leave a comment about a like and/or dislike about her shop or a particular item in her shop.
  • Remember to leave your email address or some way for me to contact you if you win!
To get bonus entries you can do one or more of the following:
  • Add yourself as a facebook fan and post another comment saying that you did
  • Follow me on twitter and post another comment with your user name
  • Tweet about this post with @nitelily3 and post another comment saying that you did
  • Blog about this post and post another comment with the link of the post
  • Heart her shop on etsy and leave a comment with your username
  • Buy something from her shop and get 5 bonus entries
  • Buy something from my shop and get 5 bonus entries
This is open to anyone in the world :) I how how much it sucked to be abroad and not be able to enter contests! The giveaway ends January 25th and a winner will be chosen by a random number generator.

47 comments:

Julie said...

I adore her owls!!! The yaks are pretty darn adorable as well! What an amazing artist! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of her designs.

jellyndesigns(at) yahoo.ocm

Elsie said...

The bird pendants are especially sweet, I like the giveaway goldfinch best, for someone who loves goldfinches, and the cardinal is pretty and bright, for me!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

jupi said...

Love the polymer whale pendant- plum!! It`s so adorable!!

Abby said...

I love all the little birdie necklaces! I also love the floral collar necklace.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Abby abstoner at Comcast dot net

jasmine said...

i love all the different birds. they're so cute and really detailed as well. :)

Jessica said...

I love this Sugar Skull Pendant Necklace:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36036066

Jessica said...

I love everything in the shop, so I hearted it (jessicaleighjohnson is my etsy name)

Amy said...

I really love all the birds; if I have to pick a favorite it will be the purple finch.

Abigail said...

So hard to choose! Her things are super cute! I think I like the teal floral dino the best, but they are all so adorable!
abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

Amy said...

I love birdy stuff (surprise!) so I hearted the shop too (etsy: birdorable).

Wren said...

I love the finches! I hope some day she'll do a series of wrens.

Mnewton1985 said...

I love the tiny yak pendant

mnewton1985 (at) aol (dot) com

Mnewton1985 said...

Following on twitter (meangirlmeg)

mnewton1985 (at) aol (dot) com

arlette said...

Awwwwww love her store, I felt for the flowered turquoise whale and the matrioska, the birdie you're giving away's cute patotie!!!!!!!

A Bespoke Touch said...

alot of people don't read, it asks what your favourite item from handys shop is not from nites lol.

i love her white and pink dino, her purple whale, her purple heart owl and her green owl.

Mrssmeow ( you know me! )

A Bespoke Touch said...

i hearted her shop. MrssMeow

A Bespoke Touch said...

tweeted about the blog giveaway
http://twitter.com/mrsmeowmrsmeow

A Bespoke Touch said...

i became a facebook fan too, stephanie vance.

A Bespoke Touch said...

i am already following you on twitter

mrsmeowmrsmeow

crystal said...

Cute birdies!! I enjoyed checking out all of her creations. All of the Sugar Skulls are very pretty. The Pastel Seahorse Pendant is so cute.
In Terra Farma(great name) i found the cute set of camp theme terrarium decorations..love it:)
cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

Cabootique said...

I love the polymer owl pendant necklace.

carethediva[at]hotmail[dot]com

International Giveaways said...

I love all the items in general. They are so cute, unique and well made! My fave was this cute little blue owl pendant: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38376338

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I'm following you on twitter!
@intlgiveaways

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I blogged about this giveaway! Here's the link:

http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/01/goldfinch-pendant-from-handy-maiden.html

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

jc said...

Love the Owl series, super cute! Thanks for the giveaway.
yumihamano@gmail.com

EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

my very favorite thing in her shop is this little goldfinch! my grandma called me her little goldfinch until she passed away so gold finches always stand out to me. my email is littleheathen9109 at yahoo dot com

EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

i am a facebook fan as emily evert

EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

im following on twitter as @boosandrawrs

EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

I hearted her shop as Emmysboosandrawrs

caronbc said...

Hi,
i love the Little Blue Bird, the Terrariam Snail Shell and the Mushroom the best(s) haha.
Love the shop title!
Thanks
caron.chester@gmail.com

Daya, muito prazer... said...

I like the Teal Floral Dino

Daiane Negretti
daia171@hotmail.com
Piracicaba-SP
Brazil

daisymay said...

Love the red cardinal, I saw so many in canada, so they would remind me of the great time i had out there!

Lu said...

I love the blue floral bib necklace!
lucianita[@]sapo[.]pt

Lu said...

I'm following you on twitter as lucianittaa!

Snowflake07 said...

I adore the polymer owl pendant necklaces. My favorite is the blue one at the very bottom of that category.

Snowflake07 said...

Added her as a favorite seller (hearted) on Etsy (my username is ColorBomb).

Snowflake07 said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/8087919135

Snowflake07 said...

following Nitelily on twitter (as SnowflakeDay)

Apple Hu said...

I love the little owl pendants. They're so cute :)

silverdolphin1771@yahoo.com

sealover said...

I love the blue tiny matrioshka necklace!

sealover21 at gmail dot com

Kym said...

I adore her little little owl finch pendant necklace, she is so talented!
busybbee05[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au

Kym said...

I am a fan on facebook (Kym T)
busybbee05[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au

Kym said...

I follow on twitter @umeplusone
busybbee05[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au

Kym said...

Hearted her shop (busybbee05)
busybbee05[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au

nocciolina italiana said...

I LOVE Gerald the gnome!!!

nocciolinaitaliana(at)gmail(dot)com

miss ibiscus said...

Hello! I think her Dragon and castle set is lovely!

thanks for the chance!

missibiscus at gmail dot com

miss ibiscus said...

I follow you on twitter (missibiscus)

missibiscus at gmail dot com

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