Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Not So Fast!! :) Jenn is Going to Keep This Blog Alive!

Thanks for all the kind words for Melanie... I know she has done a GREAT job with this blog and we're sad to see her go! Thankfully she has allowed me to keep this blog going with some really cool giveaways so I wanted to say HELLO! And let you know that a new giveaway will be posted by Saturday and I'll keep them running!!

Talk to you all very soon!
Jenn

ps - I'll also update here with some info. about me!
pps - Want to win something before I get the giveaways up?? "Like" this blog on Facebook and leave a comment on my most recent status...that's it! :) Check out the new Facebook tab on the top right of this page!

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Time Has Come...

Hey, all you fabulous guys and dolls, I have an announcement to make:

The time has come for me to take a break, probably a really *long* break, from Fishing and Wishing.

I have had a very serious family crisis developing over the past several weeks, and as I'm sure you have noticed, it has caused me to spend less time here on the blog. I haven't been posting as much or promoting the current giveaways anywhere near as much as I should.

Things are not going to improve anytime soon, and even more is being heaped onto my plate, now that my son is having some medical issues, and we are starting a new year of homeschooling tomorrow (well, today now).

I need to take this time now to focus on my family's needs.

I don't know when I will be back to posting new giveaways and promoting more lovely Etsy shops. I have had a great time this summer, bringing all kinds of fantastic prizes to you. It's been a lot of fun, and I hope you have enjoyed it as well.

For the three currently open giveaways, I will let them run their course and announce the winners on the ending dates shown on the right side. However, I will not be starting any new ones, until life gets a little less crazy.

I hope you will add Fishing and Wishing to your blog reader, if you haven't already - it won't take up any space if I don't post, but if I DO start posting new giveaways, you'll find out much more quickly that way.

Thanks for taking this ride with me. I have appreciated each and every comment you have left.

Cheers,
Melanie

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Winner: $25 Gift Certificate to Distant Star Alpacas!


Congratulations to "Gynx," who was just randomly selected as the winner of a $25 gift certificate to the Etsy shop Distant Star Alpacas! I hope you're happy with whatever you choose; she has such wonderful fibers!

Special thanks to Missy at Distant Star Alpacas for sponsoring this giveaway and to all of you who entered. Have a great week!

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Winner: $50 Gift Certificate to Spell It With Style!


Congratulations to LeAnn - you were just randomly chosen as the winner of the $50 gift certificate to Etsy shop Spell it With Style!! Have fun choosing your prize, LeAnn!

Special thanks to Brook from Spell it With Style, along with all of you who entered!

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Winner: $25 Gift Certificate to Lady Gwen Bridal Boutique!


Congratulations to Jenn from Learn Quilling for being randomly-selected as the winner of the $25 gift certificate to the Etsy shop Lady Gwen Bridal Boutique! Have fun choosing, Jenn!

Special thanks to Gwen and her daughter for sponsoring this giveaway, and to all of you who participated!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

WINNER: $15 Gift Certificate to LeeSpa Soap Shop!


Congratulations to Karla T., who was just randomly-selected as the winner of a $15 gift certificate to the Etsy shop LeeSpa Soap Shop! You're going to smell great, Karla! ;)

Special thanks to Debra from LeeSpa Soap Shop, as well as all of you who entered this giveaway. Be sure and keep entering - the next winner could be YOU!

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WINNER: Handmade cards from eat pray create


Congratulations to Linda H., who was just randomly-selected as the winner of these two handmade cards from the Etsy shop eat pray create. Enjoy your cards, Linda!

Special thanks to Minna from eat pray create for sponsoring this giveaway, as well as all of you who entered.

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Winner: Gourmet Cookies from Sweet and Sassy Goods!


Congratulations to Kyla G., who was just randomly-selected as the winner of the gourmet cookies of her choice from the Etsy shop Sweet and Sassy Goods! Enjoy your yummy treats, Kyla!

Special thanks to Dawn from Sweet and Sassy Goods for sponsoring this sweet giveaway, and to all of you who entered. Two more winners coming right up!

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Winner: Prints and Cards from BlueBoat Photo!


Congratulations to Stephanie Grace, who just randomly won the awesome print and matching card set of her choice from the Etsy shop BlueBoat Photo! Enjoy your giftable gift, Stephanie!

Special thanks to Leslie at BlueBoat Photo for sponsoring this giveaway, along with all of you who entered. More winners coming right up!

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Winner: Bowl from Christie Cone Ceramics


Congratulations to Paulette, who was just randomly-selected as the lucky winner of this beautiful bowl from Christie Cone Ceramics! Enjoy your bowl, Paulette!

Special thanks to Christie Cone for sponsoring this giveaway, along with all of you who entered. Keep entering the rest of the giveaways!

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Giveaway: Swarovski Minnie Mouse Necklace from Glamour Puss Couture


Today's giveaway is sponsored by the Etsy shop Glamour Puss Couture and is open to those with a US address only, please.


Glamour Puss Couture specializes in blinged-out jewelry and other cool items, and the winner of this prize will receive nothing less. You'll get this totally awesome Swarovsky crystal-embellished Minnie Mouse pendant necklace, complete with black mesh chain. Isn't it great??


There are lots of equally fun holiday couture necklaces in the shop, including this abominable snowman pendant here. Too cute!


Check out the couture necklace section for this lollipop pendant and lots of other cool choices.


You'll find this Jet Swarovsky Anklet in the beaded bracelet section here. Just gorgeous!


But the shop carries more than jewelry. My older daughter would go NUTS for this Hello Kitty USB drive! Holy bling!


This doll face hair bow in the hair accessories section is adorable!


Cake... ring anyone? Save a slice for me!


And how awesome are these biker babe boot straps?! If I were the type, I would totally sport these.

Take a peek around the shop; there are so many cute things, I could spend forever picking my favorites!


WIN IT!!

To win this awesome blinged-out Minnie Mouse pendant from Glamour Puss Couture, please visit the shop on Etsy and then comment back here with your favorite item in the shop. (Be sure to show some while you're there!) It's that simple! This is required and must be done before any additional entries will count.

EXTRA ENTRIES!!

You can do any or all of the following for extra entries into this contest.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ONE THAT YOU DO, OR ELSE IT WILL NOT BE COUNTED AS A SEPARATE ENTRY!

1. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar). If you already follow, just leave a separate comment saying so.

2. Blog about this contest, linking back to both this post and Glamour Puss Couture in your post.

3. Follow Fishing and Wishing on Twitter, and tweet about this contest. Be sure to include "@FishingNWishing" in your tweet, so I can verify your entry.

4. "Friend" Fishing and Wishing on Facebook. If you already have, just leave a separate comment saying so.

5. Grab my button (right sidebar) and post it on your blog.

That's it!!

This contest will end at 11:59 PM EST on September 1st, 2010, when a winner will be chosen at random. Please make sure I have some way to contact you: leave your email or Twitter/Ravelry/Etsy ID in your first comment, if your Blogger profile doesn't let me view your email addy. Winner must respond within 36 hours of being notified.

Open to US winners only.

Thank you to Glamour Puss Couture for sponsoring this giveaway. I did not receive any compensation for this post. All opinions are, and will always be, my own.

Good luck!!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tonight's Giveaways Extended!

Hey, y'all... just a quick note to let you know I'm out of town tonight, so all four giveaways scheduled to end now are going to be extended for 24 more hours. I'll pick 5 winners tomorrow night! Yay!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Giveaway: TWO WINNERS for $15 Gift Certificates to Pollini Design

Giveaway CLOSED.
(Winners will be announced later today...
heading out with a friend to help with her baby registry!)


This next giveaway is coming all the way from Australia and is sponsored by the Etsy shop Pollini Design. International entrants are welcome!


Polly at Pollini Design specializes in gorgeous jewelry, and you will not be disappointed with the selections available in the shop. There are many rings available in the shop here, with various differently-colore flowers on filigreed bands. I think they are beautiful and would love to own one myself.


I think this one is my favorite. It's stunning - and only $11 USD!


Check out all the beautiful earrings here. I am just going to show you a few of my favorites among them, including this Arc de Triomphe pair. So captivating.


And how darling are these Moulin Rouge earrings? I would love those...


These time pieces are so cool, with their different silver and pewter faces. Love!


Tired of jewelry? How about this peace dove bookmark, which doubles as a letter opener? That would make a fantastic gift!

So take a peek inside the shop and figure out what you'd pick if you won a $15 gift certificate - because you just might!


WIN IT!!

To win one of TWO $15 gift certificates to Pollini Design, please visit the shop on Etsy and then comment back here with what you'd choose if you won. (Be sure to show some while you're there!) It's that simple! This is required and must be done before any additional entries will count.

EXTRA ENTRIES!!

You can do any or all of the following for extra entries into this contest.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ONE THAT YOU DO, OR ELSE IT WILL NOT BE COUNTED AS A SEPARATE ENTRY!

1. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar). If you already follow, just leave a separate comment saying so.

2. Blog about this contest, linking back to both this post and Pollini Design in your post.

3. Follow Fishing and Wishing on Twitter, and tweet about this contest. Be sure to include "@FishingNWishing" in your tweet, so I can verify your entry.

4. "Friend" Fishing and Wishing on Facebook. If you already have, just leave a separate comment saying so.

5. Grab my button (right sidebar) and post it on your blog.

That's it!!

This contest will end at 11:59 PM EST on August 31st, 2010, when a winner will be chosen at random. Please make sure I have some way to contact you: leave your email or Twitter/Ravelry/Etsy ID in your first comment, if your Blogger profile doesn't let me view your email addy. Winner must respond within 36 hours of being notified.
Open to international winners, w00t!

Thank you to Pollini Design for sponsoring this giveaway. I did not receive any compensation for this post. All opinions are, and will always be, my own.

Good luck!!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Giveaway and Review: $30 Gift Certificate to Stellar Relics Jewelry

This Giveaway Is Now CLOSED.

Random.org chose.....
#59

Sheri said...

I love love love the "moon is made os swiss cheese" earrings ! and all the moon drops too! Great selection-Thanks!



CONGRATS!! Please respond within 36 hours to claim your prize!


Our next giveaway is sponsored by Amy at the Etsy shop Stellar Relics and is open to anyone in the world.


(Sorry for the icky iPhone pic!) Amy offered to send me some goodies from her jewelry shop, Stellar Relics, for review purposes for this blog. It arrived in a cute little pink-bubble-wrapped package in extremely short order.


Stellar Relics is another shop with great branding, and this is the cute little packet inside the bubble wrap. Everything matched, from the packing to the business cards, and I just love that.


Amy had asked me what I would like from her shop, and I sent her a BUNCH of links, unable to narrow it down further. Imagine my surprise when I opened the packet to find that she had very generously sent me FIVE different pairs of earrings, out of my requests! I was beside myself, totally giddy. My absolute favorites are these Silver Tassel Disco Drops, which are suprisingly "fancy" and dressed-up, unlike what I expected. When I put them on, the hubs immediately told me that I needed to put on something nice to go with them. So I did, and they looked great! These earrings are FAB. I am loving them as much in my lobes as in the pictures from the shop.


These emerald briolettes will go perfectly, I think, with the shawlette that I just finished knitting myself. I can't wait to wear them together! My five-year-old, Sophia, tried them in her own ears. They looked beautiful on her, too, but she did manage to get one of the dangling stones loose from its setting. It didn't take me long or too much effort to fix it, though, so I was quite relieved. (Sophia is The Ruinator in this house!)


I picked this pair of emerald dangles to go with the same shawlette, in case the other pair didn't match. They both go well and are both stunning in person. Part of the reason I chopped my hair off recently (see profile pic) was to better show off all the purdy earrings I got from Stellar Relics. No lie; I'm totally serious!! (I'm a bit impulsive, lol...)


I was glad to see Amy had sent me these lime-colored nautilus earrings, too. Gotta represent the sea! Aren't they so cute? My oldest, Chloƫ wore these for a day, and they looked terrific on her, too.


These matryoshka dolls are suprisingly weighty, and they feel awesome in my ears. They are highly detailed, even on the reverse side. I love the dolls and was so pleased when these were sent to me. Love 'em!


All-in-all, I'm thrilled with everything Amy sent to me, and when I want something fun and funky to add to my jewelry collection, I will definitely be back to check out her well-stocked shop.


Stellar Relics carries all kinds of great jewelry, besides earrings. I just chose earrings myself, because I wanted to add to that area of my jewelry wardrobe. If you're into vintage, check out this section, where you can find this classy pearl choker for only $14!


There are lots of great finds in the necklace section, here. I love this vintage pendant - too cool!


You'll find this beauty in the bracelet section. I would rock that thang!


How fun is this record ring, found in the ring section? All the rings are so cute!


Oh, my gosh. LOVE these hair pins! Check 'em out here.

So take your sweet time to peruse Stellar Relics, because I guarantee you will find eleventy billion things you want to spend your 30 smackers on. Have fun!


WIN IT!!

To win a $30 gift certificate to Stellar Relics, please visit the shop on Etsy and then comment back here with what you'd choose if you won. (Be sure to show some while you're there!) It's that simple! This is required and must be done before any additional entries will count.

EXTRA ENTRIES!!

You can do any or all of the following for extra entries into this contest.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ONE THAT YOU DO, OR ELSE IT WILL NOT BE COUNTED AS A SEPARATE ENTRY!

1. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar). If you already follow, just leave a separate comment saying so.

2. Blog about this contest, linking back to both this post and Stellar Relics in your post.

3. Follow Fishing and Wishing on Twitter, and tweet about this contest. Be sure to include "@FishingNWishing" in your tweet, so I can verify your entry.

4. "Friend" Fishing and Wishing on Facebook. If you already have, just leave a separate comment saying so.

5. Grab my button (right sidebar) and post it on your blog.

That's it!!

This contest will end at 11:59 PM EST on August 30th, 2010, when a winner will be chosen at random. Please make sure I have some way to contact you: leave your email or Twitter/Ravelry/Etsy ID in your first comment, if your Blogger profile doesn't let me view your email addy. Winner must respond within 36 hours of being notified.

Open to international winners, yay!

Thank you to Stellar Relics for sponsoring this giveaway. I was given five divine pairs of dangly earrings for review purposes for this post. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are, and will always be, my own.

Good luck!!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Giveaway and Review: $25 Gift Certificate to Distant Star Alpacas

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS, LAURA AKA GYNX!


This next giveaway is sponsored by Missy at the Etsy shop Distant Star Alpacas. The winner can be anywhere in the world!


Missy sent me about 9 different samples of yarns, both handspun and millspun, from her lovely troop of alpacas.  This purple is the first (purple is notoriously difficult for me to photograph, but this color is actually pretty true) one. This yarn was hand-spun and hand-dyed from "first" or prime fiber donated by her alpaca, Titan.

Missy tells me:

"Fiber on alpacas is classified as:


1sts or prime – coming from the blanket area (around their mid-section),

2nds – fiber from their necks and upper legs, usually coarser and shorter

3rds or trash – all the rest, usually very short and/or has a lot of guard hair.

3rds and some 2nds are good for stuffing or birds nests and if anyone every wants some, they just need to pay the shipping."


I didn't have much of the first sample, so I searched Ravelry for a pattern for the small yardage I had to work with and found this cup cozy pattern. I knitted it right up in an hour or two, and it was a great pleasure to work with. I love this yarn. It's soft as can be, and both the texture and color are very consistent. The only thing is, with as much as I've been buying coffees lately, I wish I'd remember that I had this to use! ;)


Here are a few of the critters. Aren't they adorable? About them, Missy tells me: "We have 16 male alpacas, sort of the 'runts of their litters'. They are not really good enough for breeding stock, but they still have wonderful fiber. I am currently not interested in breeding alpacas because there seems to be quite a few breeders in our corner of the world and there is always going to be the few that just aren’t good enough to breed. So we decided to take those for now."


For more pictures of these cuties, be sure and visit Distant Star Alpaca's website.

The next sample was more firsts, millspun, natural-color yarn from Buchanan. Unforunately, I was almost finished knitting up a sweet little preemie cap for my charity, CARE Package, out of this yarn, but I stuck it in my purse and it all slipped off the DPNs (double-pointed needles) I was using. Because of the family crises with which I've been dealing, I haven't had a chance to attempt to fix it or continue knitting any of the other lovely samples I've received, but looking at and handling them, I know it will be nothing short of wonderful to do so. I can heartily recommend Distant Star Alpacas yarn to you! I know that I will be back for more.


More of the samples I so generously received - each as delicious as the next!


I also received fibers (various rovings and batts) from Distant Star Alpacas. I have no experience with spinning, so I can't tell you much about these fellas except that they, too, are truly soft. I do want to learn to spin, though, and now I have my first samples to learn on!


If you're interested in alpaca fiber, check out this section of the shop. If you don't see what you want, be sure and send a convo to Missy, and she'll be glad to help you out.


(Blogger is being weird. I don't know if the rest of the pictures will show up at all or be all screwy or what. Sorry!!)

Anyway, if you're a yarn lover like me, this is the section for you: yarn!! Again, remember to send a convo if you don't see exactly what you need.


Here are the batts, so inexpensive!



This roving looks lovely, doesn't it? And only 8 bucks! Check out this section for more.


Hi. I just had to post more yarn. This looks so squishy and comfy, I want to squeeze it up - don't you??


WIN IT!!

To win a $25 gift certificate to Distant Star Alpacas, please visit the shop on Etsy and then comment back here with what you'd choose if you won. (Be sure to show some while you're there!) It's that simple! This is required and must be done before any additional entries will count.

EXTRA ENTRIES!!

You can do any or all of the following for extra entries into this contest.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ONE THAT YOU DO, OR ELSE IT WILL NOT BE COUNTED AS A SEPARATE ENTRY!

1. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar). If you already follow, just leave a separate comment saying so.

2. Blog about this contest, linking back to both this post and Distant Star Alpacas in your post.

3. Follow Fishing and Wishing on Twitter, and tweet about this contest. Be sure to include "@FishingNWishing" in your tweet, so I can verify your entry.

4. "Friend" Fishing and Wishing on Facebook. If you already have, just leave a separate comment saying so.

5. Grab my button (right sidebar) and post it on your blog.

That's it!!

This contest will end at 11:59 PM EST on August 29th, 2010, when a winner will be chosen at random. Please make sure I have some way to contact you: leave your email or Twitter/Ravelry/Etsy ID in your first comment, if your Blogger profile doesn't let me view your email addy. Winner must respond within 36 hours of being notified.

Open to international winners, yay!

Thank you to Distant Star Alpacas for sponsoring this giveaway. I was given several different samples of incredibly soft alpaca yarn, along with six samples of alpaca fibers, for review purposes for this post. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are, and will always be, my own.

Good luck!!

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