How about these beauties created by our own Jennifer VanBenschoten. This incredibly generous donation (sells for $70) can be yours by answering the question listed at the end of the post.
Here is how Jen describes these fabulous handmade earrings:
An original design of mine, published in Beadwork magazine in March of 2009, was used to create these stunning earrings.
Made with genuine 3mm Swarovski crystals in sparkling blue zircon, they are full of sparkle! To accent the colors in the Swarovski crystals, I used a tiny size 15 seed bead in a beautiful, delicate shade of powder-blue. You can barely see them against the crystals, but they add a little touch of color to the earrings.
These earrings were hand-stitched using right angle weave, a centuries-old off-loom beadweaving technique using just a needle and thread. They are reinforced with extra thread for strength and durability, but as with all beadwoven jewelry, they should not be worn in the shower and taken off before going to bed.
These earrings have been finished with sterling silver earwires. Hanging approximately 1 1/2" long, these are a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your day! Additonal views of these earrings can be found by clicking HERE.
(To learn more about Jen and all of the places that you can find her online, please start that by clicking HERE.
By clicking her name at the top of the website, you will be able to easily find out what else Jen is up to and where else you can purchase her beautiful jewelry.)
PLEASE READ THROUGH TO THE END BEFORE COMMENTING:
I'm going to offer a few questions in hopes of learning more about how others are making choices between online shopping vs. actual physical shopping.
1. About what percentage of purchases that you make over the course of a year are online purchases vs. physical?
2. What types of online purchases do you tend to make and why?
3. What are your thoughts about buying handmade items such as jewelry, clothes, paintings, photography, pottery, etc. online as opposed to making those purchases from galleries, shows, etc.?
Feel free to answer one or all three. As always, if you post this giveaway on your own blog, facebook and/or twitter, please come back each time letting us know you did along with a link to that. If you include all of that in one comment, that comment will be counted one time as opposed to separate comments each being counted individually.
There have been times that giveaways are offered, someone wins and then we do not hear from the winner. For fairness to all who are submitting responses to win,
please make a note to return on Sunday, July 10th when the winner will be announced.