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I'm very excited to announce a new giveaway... "Win it before you can buy it" for one free entry into the new Art Jewelry Online Retreat and any ten PDF tutorials from my available selection of lessons. This is a prize valued at more than $150, and one winner will receive it entirely free!
I've been invited to take part in a fantastic all-inclusive online retreat, featuring 19 art jewelry designers and 24 beautiful video lessons. Stay home, use your favorite tools, work at your own pace, and complete fabulous art jewelry projects while participating in a great community of creative individuals.
My video project "Pocket Watch Pendant" demonstrates how to set cabochons (of most shapes and sizes) in a wire woven bezel, suitable for any intermediate wire worker.
Entries are accepted October 18-23, 2015, and a winner will be chosen and emailed on Saturday, October 24, 2015. To enter, simply use the form below. (Now closed!)
And if you don't win, you can still take advantage of this opportunity, community and 24 projects by 19 teachers, for only $99. The retreat will be open for purchase October 25, 2015. Classes will begin in January 2016, but access to the community, list of teachers, projects and necessary materials will all be available for early viewing. Purchase your seat in the first three days (October 25th, 26th and 27th) and you'll be entered to win one of 100 goody bags.
More examples of work made using the Pocket Watch Pendant lesson!
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Oh yeah. I’m doing it. I’m making this big. 10,000 is huge. It’s a monolith of creating, sharing, conversing and, I dare say, I enjoy a fair bit of selfish glee as a result. I get to do what I love for a living. I get to share it with all of you. That’s a fantastic gift with a whole lot to squee about.
So, I’m starting it off early.
For every 1000 Facebook “likes” between now and the big day, a goodie goes to live with someone new. Four pieces of jewelry will find new homes between now and 10,000 Facebook “likes”. Both the item and the winner will be picked at random, but to win, a certain level of interaction will be required. I promise it wont be painful, and I’ll explain in a moment. First let me take a moment to talk about that monolith. Cue 2001 Space Odyssey intro…..
10,000 Facebook “likes” is, to many, an arbitrary number, a meaningless representation of marketing and business. But to me, each like is a person. It has a face, a personality, a presence in this world. And that presence has chosen to take a moment out of his or her day to share something with me. When you click “like”, comment on a post, send me a message or share your work, I become a part of something bigger than myself. I become a part of your day, your life, sometimes even your creative process. This is mind-blowing to me in its immensity. And I’m humbled.
Because of you, each one of you, I can wake up in the morning, tell my husband I’m going to work, then walk out to my couch and play with wire. This…. well… it’s a gift that is staggering in its beauty. And if I can share my appreciation in that gift and reward the time you generously give me with your likes, comments and posts, I’m going to do it big. I’m doing it with a day consisting of twelve glorious hours of constant freebies. Twelve winners. One every hour. Oh yeah… You heard me. I mean business. Every hour, someone present for the giveaway and actively commenting will win a Tree of Life Pendant, similar to the one pictured above. Growth is a good thing. Growth in business, sure, but creative growth as well, and in relationships fostered through interaction. This is a journey you’ve all shared with me, and I want you to continue to be a part of it, to continue to allow creativity a place in your life and, I’ll admit, my life as well. I’m a selfish creature at heart. The thought of a world without art, or the ability to create it is a numbing one indeed.
But wait… there’s more! Once every hour, on the half hour, during our giveaway day, a brand new tutorial will be given as well, to anyone present to claim it. Twelve brand new lessons, just for you.
Yet… somehow…. there’s still more!
There will be one Grand Prize, super duper winner, who will receive a custom seed bead embroidered necklace.
Now here’s how to win…..
The giveaway will occur within a week of reaching the magic number. It will be announced frequently on Facebook beforehand. However, since Facebook likes to hide me in news feeds, if you’d like to get the notifications, it means you’ll have to check in frequently. Some things that help is to like my page, hover over the like and click “Get Notifications”. But even this is sometimes flawed. If you check in every day or every other day, interact with a post or two, then Facebook knows you’re interested in what I have to say and (usually) forwards my posts to you. Many people missed out on my last giveaway day because they received no notifications of the event and didn’t check for news, events and posts often enough. I don’t want you to miss out!
Winners for the tutorials aren’t chosen. You just have to show up. Be there, wait for the post including the link to the tutorial, and grab it. The tutorial will be available for fifteen minutes. Why fifteen minutes? Because I’ll be posting oodles during the day, and I’m a little obsessive compulsive and removing the links at set times keeps me mentally organized. Plus, these are for you… who have followed me, supported me, encouraged me for months, sometimes years. Removing the links prevents the links from being shared across the web as a whole. This is not a thank you for strangers, but for you, those of you reading this right now. YOU are not a stranger to me. You’ve been a part of my journey, and it’s my gift to you. Yes, you’re bound to miss some, but I’m hoping 12 hours allows those of you from all over the world to get something, at least once. I’d stretch it to 24 hours, but given my significantly broken and woefully human body, there are (unfortunately) certain limitations to which I must be a slave.
Now, some deets…..
I hope you’ll join me for it.
And if you have any questions about the giveaway, comment below. Which could actually be considered your entry for the GRAND PRIZE. Two birds, one stone and all that jazz.
I’m very excited, and I hope you are as well! I’ve got so many great things in store for the coming year, and I thank each of you for the opportunity to make it happen. You are all golden to me!
On July 27, 2014
We are almost there and I can’t believe it! Every day I am amazed and humbled by the enthusiasm, encouragement, the unyielding support and dedication I experience through every purchase, comment, share and like. Each of you have fed my passion with your own fervor, and my creativity has never been more fueled and inspired. Thank you! Thank you a thousand times. Thank you for helping me continue to pursue the fertile feet of my imagination, and make into reality every whim and fancy brought forth. You are the beautiful moss-covered rock upon which I lean when I feel least like creating… you push me to push myself, and I am a hot mess of wire without you!
And I want to say thank you with more than words, which somehow seem such an insufficient expression of my gratitude. I need a giveaway. Twelve fun-filled hours of giveaways. And 5000 Facebook “likes” seems the perfect opportunity to make it happen. The theme for this giveaway extravaganza (because there’s always a theme) is “Past, Present & Future” and will feature:
All winners will be announced both on Facebook and here in this post, so check back during the day of (or after) the giveaway to see if you are a winner. All winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize!
And because we will be breaking the internet and causing all kinds of trouble on Facebook, I must include the following disclaimer.
By participating in this promotion, you understand and agree to:
Thank you so much. My heart is full because of you. Each of you. Every one of you. I couldn’t ask for more.
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On October 22, 2013 Now I know…. “likes” aren’t where lies the substance of Nicole Hanna Jewelry (hopefully). But, I’ll be honest, my obsessive disorder needs to see nicely rounded numbers. Numbers by the tens. It’s a sickness. Seriously. I see 3578 and it just eats a piece of my soul. But I see 3600 and the heavens open up, angels sing, and I don’t feel like organizing my beads compulsively.
Plus, and most importantly, I like giving things away and celebrating a sense of community with my friends, fans and those who have supported me while on my journey of self-employment, and yeah, maybe there was a little self-discovery there too. My next giveaway (5000 Likes) seemed too far away, and the holidays are coming, and I’m feeling the fidgeting spirit of the winter season beginning to needle its way into my cold, cold heart, and I feel like giving things away early.
With that said, this isn’t about a number of likes. It’s not about a compulsive need for giveaways. Not really. It’s about showing my appreciation for those who have supported me and my work these last two years. Some through monetary support. Some through gentle encouragement. Some through a simple share on social media which has helped establish my business and, in the end, liberate me from selling platforms with high fees and platform-centric ideologies. Because of the support (none of which is less worthy of my appreciation than the other), I’m happy to (hopefully) offer a better experience to each and every one of my customers, fans and friends.
So, for every 100 likes (3600, 3700 all the way through 4900) I will be giving away a tutorial bundle package to one Facebook fan of Nicole Hanna Jewelry. This package will include all available published tutorials, and the package will grow as new tutorials are released. Essentially, the package will be better at 4900 “likes” than at 3600, so there’s incentive to come keep me company on Facebook and obsess over social media with equal measure! However, because I know not all fans are interested in crafting jewelry, there is also the option to receive one surprise Nicole Hanna pendant of a $75-100 value! Let me know which gift you would prefer when claiming your prize.
I love social media. I love to get to know you. To read about your own creative journey in the posts you leave and see the fruits of your labor in all the photos you share. This, to me, embodies the spirit of the artistic community, and I want to do whatever I can to foster this environment. Mostly because I’m pretty self-serving and it makes me happy, and why wouldn’t I do something that makes me happy? But, hopefully, maybe just a little, it makes you happy as well.
Facebook updates no longer allow access to the list of fans in its entirety (due to its own limitations and individual privacy settings) so with every 100 likes I will edit this post with a new winner, chosen randomly from among my Facebook fans who have commented on the corresponding post for each 100 “likes” (the post will be labeled “Every 100 ‘Likes’ Giveaway”). And because I have to:
And seriously… thank you all. I’ve been sometimes a wee bit overwhelmed (in a good way!) and very humbled by the amazing support I’ve received. The wonderful compliments and encouraging words, and your kind gestures are what keep me motivated to push myself, provide (hopefully) fun content, new designs and a time of general merriment. I appreciate you all!
3600 “likes” – Maria La Cavera
3700 “likes” – Caitlyn Hogan
3800 “likes” – Shana Mykytiuk Reeder
3900 “likes” – Macy Hall
4000 “likes” – Helen Radford
4100 “likes” – Jorie Johns Browder
4200 “likes” – Carrie Craig
4300 “likes” – Paula Glaze Pope
4400 “likes” – Colleen White
4500 “likes” – Monica Anselmo
4600 “likes” – Marcy Bell
4700 “likes” – Russ Martin
4800 “likes” – Vicky O’Brien
4900 “likes” – Claire Faulkes
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED
On September 8, 2013
Back in December, a multi-talented jewelry artist, Marcy Bell, challenged me to wire wrap a pair of elf ears for her. It was a frustratingly magical, fairy-filled bag of what-was-I-thinking that, if truth be told, made me want to scratch out my eyeballs with the mangled remains of wire quickly piling in the graveyard of failure. But…. I persevered and finished what would be the most curious piece of wearable wire I’ve managed to craft to date.
A couple weeks later, I happened upon a Felicia Day vlog in which she was discussing her latest guest appearance in a season 8 episode of Supernatural titled “LARP and the Real Girl”. Having mentioned she’s never LARP’ed (Live Action Role Playing), I felt the familiar tug settle over me of a subliminal, masochistic, motivational challenge and my second pair of elf ear cuffs was born.
Now I cannot stress the depths to which my inner geek will go to touch something that touches Felicia Day. I loved her in season 7 of Buffy. I loved her in The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog. She made the final season of Eureka one of the most endearing on TV. Her YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry, gives my children a reason to talk to me. The show she does with her brother, Co-Optitude (in which they play vintage video games) is hilarious. Dr. Mario, I think of you often. Sniff. And because I’m a properly creepy fan, I sent her a pair of elf ears hoping she would at least mildly admire them before snorting sarcastically (yet adorably) and passing them to one of the thirty-five assistants I imagined she has. Because she’s fabulous!
But no. No…. she doesn’t snort sarcastically at all! Well, maybe she does, but in my head, she totally cooed. In fact, I get an email from her assistant (one of the thirty-five, I’m sure) that she would be wearing them on an upcoming episode of Co-Optitude, “Secret of Mana”…. and I will tell you something…. I have never experienced a tizzy until that moment. It feels something like a Christmas morning during which Jesus blesses you with wine and Santa showers you with chocolate, and then they hug each other and pat each other on the back in a hearty, manly fashion for keeping the spirit of the holiday alive for alcoholics and Snickers junkies.
Yeah. It was pretty perfect.
I watched that video thirty-two times. I figured if I was going to act creepy, I might as well commit. And the comments… wow, the comments were so amazingly supportive and made me smile and love even more that I get to make jewelry every day.
Then she tweeted about it. Totally tweeting. I don’t even like using the word “tweet” unless also followed by “-y bird”, but I actually opened a Twitter account (@NHJewelry) because Felicia Day tweeted about my ear cuffs.
I’m pathetic. Don’t judge me.
And now I’m planning my very first Twitter contest. I’m not even entirely sure how to tweet contests. I even Googled how because I’m a sad, sad over-achiever. But still, I was confused. I don’t understand the @reply nonsense and the hashtag whatchamacallits, and even called it “twittering” before my 16 yr-old threatened to emancipate himself from my care, but I’m going to try this because someone should win a pair of sterling silver elf ears.
I introduce to you the #earnyourears Elf Ear Giveaway! There are multiple ways to earn an entry.
Because, see… here’s the thing: this contest will not close until I reach 1000 Twitter followers. I know, I know. I’m only at 70, and that’s a tall order, but it can be done! Twitter is massive. Facebook is massive. Spread the word and this can happen.
The winner will be drawn at random. But, here’s the good news… there will be more than one prize. The grand prize is a pair of sterling silver elf ear cuffs, valued at $130. But there will be two random pendants (valued at $50 each) given to two random winners as well! That’s even better odds, right? I’ll tweet pictures of the pendants when I decide what I want them to look like. Because I’m a procrastinator and like to stew in the creative juices of indecision.
Now, because it’s required, there are some rules:
And that’s it. I think I covered all the bases and gave you multiple ways to win. And hopefully you followed this long-winded post with the 2am enthusiasm with which it was written.
Good night my little Lords and Ladies of the Ring. Sleep tight and dream of sexy elves.
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED! Winner is @Oxana124!
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