Thursday, April 14, 2011

novica giveaway



Recently I was approached by NOVICA to see if I would consider trying them out, writing a review and then hosting a giveaway. I was ready to politely decline but then visited their site and was so impressed.



NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market. NOVICA has thousands of top fair trade corporate gifts and home decor items on their website.


fyi: (l) Rose quartz dangle earrings "love fest" (r) Pearl and rose quartz flower earrings "honey peach"

I am easily overwhelmed by a large range of choices so I focused on earrings and picked two. In the product descriptions there is information about the artist and their materials.



When my order arrived, each set of earrings came in its own box along with a small booklet and artisan story card with a handwritten note from the artist. The care and service reminds me very much of ordering from Etsy, where most sellers add a personal touch to each prized sale.



NOVICA gave me $75 to spend and $75 to share (making sure to factor in shipping and handling in the total cost). So, here's the fun part: Please leave a comment on this post to be eligible to win $75 to spend at NOVICA. A winner will be selected on Monday, April 18, 2011 at random.

Coming up:



Tuesday (April 19) I will be posting a book review and interview with designer, author and mom Annette Tatum and hosting a giveaway of her beautiful book, The Well-Dressed Home.
- On the same day, I will have a guest post at Annette's blog where I search my own closet to see if my personal style is truly in sync with my home's decor.

xo
elyse

57 comments:

luckygirlgifts said...

yeah for the giveaway, what a neat little shop, and lucky you!!
Also... just read the post below, CONGRATULATIONS!!! "Contributing writer" you are so totally deserving!!!
Have a lovely day
xoxo
Cari b.

Claudia said...

What pretty earrings - and what a great way to help others.

xoxo
Claudia

She'sSewPretty said...

Wow! You go girl!! I've never heard of Novica but it sounds like the perfect place to buy gifts and do some good at the same time.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

What gorgeous earrings and packaged so pretty too..

Danielle

Patty said...

The earrings are wonderful! Congratulations on the recognition!!

Susan said...

Oh how pretty and what a fun give-away!

A "well dressed home" sounds interesting too.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Wow! What a great little giveaway. Please include me.

Raynata said...

Lovely earrings and packaging! Lucky you!

Shabbyfufu said...

Hi Elyse, I had a giveaway from Novica as well awhile ago and have to attest to that wonderful company and their artisans.

Sure, thrown my name in...why not?!

~xo~
Janet

KatCollects said...

I have shopped with them before, such a great thing! Please add my name. I hope you have a good thursday.
Hugs,
Kathy

Ashley said...

I love novica's vases. They are so pretty.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Please include me. I will be back on Tues for the interview...sounds like fun!

Hillcrest Acres said...

what a fabulous giveaway!!!! The earrings you received are adorable.

Yvonne said...

Thanks for sharing about such a wonderful organization. I would love to win your give away!

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

I love the earrings you chose, but then I've always loved pink quartz! What a fabulous giveaway and I love the intent behind the site.

Trish said...

Happy spring giveaway! I enjoy the Novica concept.

Sara Thompson said...

We have a store that sells free trade - what a wonderful program. Supporting artists directly makes such a difference.

Diane Mars said...

Oh you must count me in my favorite PINK~ oxox, Diane

Sarah @ ExPat Bride said...

I looked at the website, beautiful, sign me up!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

ooooo $75! How Wonderful!
Please count me in!
Off to check out their stuff!! :D

kibbygirl said...

I am heading over to the Novica site now! I am happy to see a fair trade site to shop through too :) Thanks for the giveaway.

JunqueMagnet said...

So generous.Thanks for sharing.

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

That is so generous! Those earrings are just gorgeous, and I love how you said they packaged them. Definitely etsy-ish. ;) Thank you for the opportunity!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

The earrings your picked are absolutely divine, Elyse, so so delicate.
Have a hApPy HaPpY Thursday xxx

koralee said...

Oh sweet friend...your giveaway is amazing. I must go visit Novica right now...I have not heard about them. Love those pretty earrings. xoxo

Brittany said...

Please add me to the drawing. What cute things they have! I've never head of them before your post.

Marie said...

Wowowie! Those earrings look fabulous Elyse. Love the story behind them too. I would love to join your giveaway.
-Marie

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Ooo! Count me in, Elyse! Thanks so much for doing this! ♥

debi said...

My goodness! You are a busy girl!
I love the beautiful earrings you chose, they're so very dreamy and feminine. I'll have to go check out Novica.

Suz said...

I think it is a great organization. And, of course, I would love to win :-)
Hugs,
Suz

NanaDiana said...

Wonderful organization! I am just popping in to say Hi..and congrats on them recognizing you..DON'T include me in the giveaway- I haven't used my fabric yet..and I have won too many things lately! I'd rather see someone win that hasn't won something yet! Have a sweet and wonderful weekend, Elyse! xxoo Diana

Kathy B. said...

Beautiful earrings--thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous giveaway! Love your blog!!!

Nancy B said...

I just checked out Novica and I must say I'm impressed! Thanks for the chance to win.

nbtay@sbcglobal.net

Jan Quigley said...

Gorgeous earrings & I love the packaging. They would make the perfect gift. Please enter me in the draw.

Marica said...

Il tuo blog รจ fantastico, complimenti!

xoxo

Marica

All That Jazz said...

I have never heard of Novica, thanks for sharing it and hosting the giveaway! The earrings you chose are just beautiful!
Happy weekend!
~michelle~

Tara said...

What a great site..Please enter me as it's such a lovely giveaway..xx

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

i just visited novica... what a great site... artisans are the best and to support them even better. i would buy the earrings just for that beautiful box they come in! one more thing... i am going to check out my closet to see if it reflects my home... never thought of that!!! i will be awaiting your book review. blah blah blah... thats me!!! happy friday!

Michelle said...

this is the first time visiting I've visited your blog. Love it!

Alison said...

OOOOH! What a great giveaway!

~Lovely Vintage Country Life~ said...

The earrings are fabu! Love the colors. Hope all is well with you in R.I. :)

Domestic Diva said...

They have so many great things on that site.

Thanks for the chance.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What beautiful earrings! Please enter me! I would be so delighted to win! Thank you!

Rustique Gal said...

Elyse, these earrings are fabulous. How sweet to be able to shop their site. I will look them up. I love fair trade goods and try to shop for them often. Have a great weekend!
Sherry

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful blog you have and perfectly pretty earrings you chose too
Please enter me into your giveaway to have a chance to win such a lovely prize.
Much love
Nicola -x-

Kit said...

The jewelry is lovely and I would love to be signed up for the giveaway! Thank you! Kit

Susan Zangara said...

Lovely earrings! please add me to your contest.

Mary Ellen said...

Elyse what pretty earrings you chose!!! I have heard of this company before and it sounds like a great one to do business with and help others too!

Still working on that front guestroom- I have 1/2 the texture mud for texturing the walls on me I think! Such a messy I am!

bee blessed
mary

Chris Gerke said...

I hope if I win that I can find something as pretty as you have. I am going to go to the sight now and dream. Hope I win.

chedeb5353 said...

Novica has so many unique items,I would LOVE to win! chedeb5353@hotmail.com

permanent magenta said...

So much inspiring stuff! Thanks for the introduction to both Novica and Aannette Tatum!

Theresa said...

Ohhhh what a sweet giveaway and thanks for sharing this wonderful new place to shop:) Have a blessed day, HUGS!

rainydaymuse said...

Wonderful giveaway. Novica is a great find. Must shop.

karen said...

I like your blog. Saw your article in ROMANTIC COUNTRY. Great job! Karen

Recycled Rita said...

Congratulations on contributing writer!
Loving those earrings! karen...

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

it is probably too late to enter....but the earrings are adorable!

xxoo
becky

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

how did i miss this?! rats.
congrats to the lucky winner!
great Annette Tatum interview...i didn't want to comment on the that post, because i have the book already...i love it!! such a nice giveaway for you to do though :)