Saturday, February 25, 2012

7000 Bracelets of Hope Blog Hop -- and a giveaway!

This is my second year participating in the 7000 Bracelets of Hope through the Global Genes project.  The purpose is to create a blue bracelet to send to a family who has a child suffering from a rare disease, disorder, or condition.  Why blue?  Genes, jeans, get it? 


I love dangles on bracelets, so I gathered some large oval links and started adding lots of blue beads in Czech glass from Preciosa Ornela (and stay tuned because I'm giving away a ton of their beads at the bottom of this post!)

Since I don't know the wrist size of the person the bracelet will end up with, I used a decorative lobster claw clasp with a chain extender.  Love my toggles, but having a cool lobster claw works, too!/


If you would like to send a bracelet, click here for the information!

The other blog hop participants:



And now to the giveaway!

A while back, the Czechoslovakian company Preciosa Ornela contacted me to see if I'd like to review their beads.  I LOVE Czech glass!  The company sent me a hugely generous package of beads -- two "bead soup" packages of pressed glass and glass pearls and a LOT of seed beads, including their unique two-hole seed beads called PRECIOSA Twin.



The beads have a gorgeous luster, whether they're matte, opaque, or translucent.  I'll have a design made with some of the Preciosa Twin beads soon!

You can find Preciosa Orenela at Facebook, Twitter, or their web site. They have LOTS of tutorials for you, too!


Here's what I'm giving away (and yes, international commenters are welcome!)


To one person, a huge portion of red Preciosa pressed glass beads.


To another person, a large assortment of various sizes of seed beads.


The giveaway sign ups are now over -- thanks for playing and stay tuned for more giveaways!


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

103 comments:

  1. Hot dog I love giveaways and Czech glass!!

    I love love love their color mixes and picasso finishes!

    I would prefer the soup mix but whatever is good with me!

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  2. I got a little carried away in my excited about glass....

    The bracelet is beautiful too! Just perfect shades of blue for 7000 Bracelets!

    I FB'd this post as well!

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  3. Lori, I love your blue bracelet. Thanks for being a part of this most worthwhile blog hop. I love both assortments of the Czech glass, but I think I would really LOVE to win the red assortment!

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  4. I love a giveaway too. I would prefer seed beads, please.

    I will blog, facebook and tweet about this in the morning.

    jeanawells@kc.rr.com
    jeanawells.blogspot.com

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  5. I too got too anxious about the giveaway. The bracelet is lovely and the blue is so calming. I know its recipient will love it.

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  6. What a wonderful, happy bracelet, Lori! You always come up with such clever designs!

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  7. Lori,
    Your bracelet is very pretty with all the blue dangles and don't you just love the way silver makes blue pop!
    I enjoy working with Czech glass beads whether I'm stringing or sewing beads. If I'm one of the lucky winners I would prefer the seed beads, thank you.
    Therese

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  8. Oh boy what a great time to be back on line with my new iPad and my new wireless connection...boy have I missed your blog Miss Lori...you are such an inspiration and your posts so amazing...how is our little man Zack doing??? He must be getting so big...I feel like I have missed so much and as much as I love your beautiful jewelry...I love hearing you talk about your joy of being a mother and how you share your struggles with pain so we all dont feel so alone...i can relate so much to both...anyway it's nice to be back andI can't wait to get back to posting on my own blog!!! Now I am going to share on Facebook and check out that shop...ttfn xox

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  9. Love the bracelet, Lori, just perfect for the occasion.

    And the giveaway is amazing! I would prefer the soup. I will FB / Twitter / Blog about it after the Blog Hop - do you prefer different comments for each activity? :)

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  10. I love those "Twin Beads" and I love giveaway :-)

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  11. what a wonderful cause. the bracelet is gorgeous! and the beads are wonderful. i would love to win the bead soup! thank you for sharing,
    hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

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  12. i tweeted about your giveaway

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  13. Wow Lori a great bracelet and a giveaway your to sweet.

    I really like those twin beads I will have to look them up.

    Your bracelet is awesome as always =>

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  14. I am doing the 7000 bracelets, I will blog about your giveaway under my bracelet hop. I love your bracelet. The big chain is awesome! Along with the lobster claw! I've never seen one like that. It's also awesome to have the chance to review beads for a company. Have a beadaful day! (I would like to win the double hole seeds. but the soup is yummy too) (skwds78@gmail.com)

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  15. Wow, gorgeous bracelet :) I had trouble getting started on mine and then once I got going...I couldn't stop >.< lol I have several I'm sending off :)Maybe it's to make up for not being in the BSBP this round ;)

    As for the giveaway.. hmm.. tough choice.. they're all so yummy...but I guess I'll toss my vote to the pressed glass.

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  16. Alrighty..I facebooked this :)

    And I have to say it... those twin beads... looks like a bowl full of puppy dog noses! lol

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  17. Wow! Those are gorgeous beads!!! I love the collection of seed beads in blue and red, colors that I definitely need! I might have to check out their shop! =)

    When I saw the information about the 7,000 Bracelets of Hope, when I went to their website, it said that it was only running for a certain amount of time, and that had passed already. Do they accept bracelets at any time? I know this is something I want to get involved in! It's great to be able to give something back! =)

    Will be FB'ing and Twittering! =)

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  18. I like the design of your blue jeans/genes bracelet - that type of soft blue's can be rather a "quiet" colour esp without other colours to zing it up, so I think the large oval links work really well to add interest to the design.

    Can I enter the Czech glass giveaway? I would prefer the bead soup please rather than the seed beads :-)

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  19. I would love a little more bead soup! Yoursef bracelet turned out really cute, love that textured clasp Lori. Way to put some more good karma into the world.

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  20. I tweeted too! Cheers!

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  21. Lori,

    I love the bracelet you made. The links and the decorated clasp are beautiful. And I love the blue dangles which are sweet and cheerful.

    If I won I would choose the seed beads. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. I love your bracelet with the cool denim blue dangles. The recipient will love it! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I would love to have the beautiful red beads. I use red in a lot of designs.

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  23. very pretty bracelet Lori -gorgeous shades of blue and it looks like it will be great fun to wear. I'm sure the recipient will be 'chuffed to bits' as we brits say.

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  24. Just blogged about your Blog Hop and Giveway.

    Off to see the other bracelets now.

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  25. I know it has been a while since I visited but you know "life" I had too much on my plate to participate in the hop but you know I will send one in honer of you as soon as my tray clears up a bit. You know I love my seeds so if you just want to send them directly to me, go for it! LOL

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  26. Nice bracelet, I just tweeted about you giveaway!

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  27. Hi I just tweeted about the giveaway! Nice bracelet also!

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  28. I really like the base chain- perfect for the beads.

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  29. Love Fringe!!! This is a great bracelet-great feel and swing :-) I would love for this to be an annual event...such a great feeling making something for someone else, especially when they don't know it is coming :-) Thank you for last year's and thank you for hopping this year!

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  30. Oh wow Lori! That is one stunning bracelet! Some woman is going to be so very touched to receive it. It is such a honor for me to be precipitating in a blog hop not only for such a great cause but also with one of my favorite artists and writers as well. I never thought I would see my blog listed on yours :)

    As for the giveaway if I win either would be fine with me! Thank you!

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  31. Tweeted about the giveaway

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  32. I am diggin' your bracelet big time Lori! I love the color of the beads - just the perfect blue for certain!! And, of course, I love the links and the silver! I know whoever gets this bracelets will fall in love w/it! Also, that's a cool give-a-way you're having - I'd go for the bead soup mix because even though I have a ton of seed beads, I have no idea what to do w/them or how to use them! LOL!!

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  33. That lobster clasp is way cool and I love those big silver links! Beautiful bracelet!

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  34. Great blues, I love the boldness and the big chain links!

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  35. I wanna join the 7000 bracelets :) I am going to join it and I love the bead soup mix but I also live the seed beads :) I would be happy with either one

    www.rockabeadjewelry.blogspot.com

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  36. I think I will join the 7000 Bracelets, my daughter adopted 2 children from China who have a rare disease.
    I would prefer the bead soup mix, don't use seed beads much.

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  37. Hmm wasnt sure if this posted it not :) so here I go again :) I love the bead soup mix and the seed beads but either one works for me and I am going to join the 7000 bracelets

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  38. What lovely bracelets - from you and the other participants. What a great way to be involved. I too love Czech glass - always attracted to it at bead shows more than anything else. I would love the red mix and can see the possibilities with your one photo. Have a good weekend.

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  39. Your bracelet is lovely as are those made by the other participants. What a nice thing to take part in and a nice giveaway to boot. I love Czech glass - I'm always attracted to it at bead shows more than anything else. The red glass assortment is quite pretty, and I can see the possibilities with your one photo. Have a good weekend.

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  40. I love your bracelet design and colors!
    And yes, please include me in your giveaway! Esp. for the soup mix if possible ;)

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  41. That *is* the coolest lobster clasp I've seen :D Lovely bracelet :)

    May I go in the draw for the pressed glass soups please? I adore Czech glass (it's second only to artisan polmyer clay and lampwork to me!)

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  42. I just love the bracelet you created- those links are so cool, and the clusters of dangles are fabulous ( I love a jingling dangle bracelet too!). Wonderful work, Lori, and I know that the recipient will feel loved when she wears this. Thank you so very much for joining us on this hop!

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  43. Those are beautiful shades of blue in that bracelet, and I love the design, as well!

    Thanks for the beady giveaway opportunity! I would be grateful to receive either mix!

    I aslo posted your blogspot on Facebook!

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  44. What a wonderful bracelet! I'm sure who ever receives it will love it!
    Thanks for the great giveaway! I have been working with a lot of seed beads lately, it would be nice to try something different. I would love to create different pieces eith the pressed glass.
    mlb_bowman@yahoo.com

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  45. Love your bracelet... oh wait... I always love your bracelets! I'm going to hop over to take a look at the 7000 bracelets site and then over to take a look at my blues! You know I love jewelry for charity...
    If the soup mix came my way that would be a great bonus! Thanks ~~T

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  46. Lori, you are so generous. I would be delighted with either.

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  47. What a great giveaway! I would prefer the bead soup. Great for making a bracelet.

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  48. I shared it on FB.

    https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/137212756401319

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  49. Shared it on twitter :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/Shaiha_/status/173516873755934720

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  50. I shared in on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/Shaiha_/status/173516873755934720

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  51. Well you glorious girl of the hugest heart ever, I love your bracelet- that is a great lobster clasp!! I adore the dangles!!

    I would love the soup if it ever comes to that!!
    I do hope that you are feeling better!!!

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  52. Here is my blog post

    http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/2012/02/today-is-day-that-several-of-top.html

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  53. Lori, I know it's a hassle to adopt if you have any medical issues. Sharon has been pretty lucky, 2 from China and 1 from Ethiopia, and one from here in Maine. Only the 2 from China have a problem, and to look at them you would never know it. At least you have Zach.
    Ps I saw your article on Rita's blog, what did you wish you had known before doing a show. It was good.

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  54. The bracelet is so beautiful, love the soft shades of blue. -It looks full of movement and I bet it is fun to wear ;) Your recipient will love it...

    Wow- a give away for us too? You are amazing. Thank you!

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  55. Love that bracelet Lori, beautiful, who ever receives it is going to adore wearing it.

    I would love to be entered into the giveaway, and if I were lucky enough to win then I would be sure to give those seed beads a good home!! Thnks for the chance!
    PIPPA

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  56. Your bracelet design is just fabulous. Love how the cool metallic silver makes the satin finish of the beads pop. And that closure - just perfect!

    How I would love to be the recipient of those seed beads.

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  57. Lori, your bracelet is beautiful. I love the links that you used and the color of blue is refreshing with the silver.

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  58. DANGLES for the win!!
    I love your bracelet. The large chain really will make sure those dangles move around on the wrist. And, that decorative lobster clasp is so very cool. I haven't seen too many decorative ones before, just plain old boring ones mostly. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for more 'fun' ones! There's no doubt in my mind that the lady who gets to wear your bracelets will be head over heels for it!

    As far as your giveaway. . .I prefer the red bead soup mix. I'm just not a seed beader, but that read and blue together is really beautiful!

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  59. Beautiful! Love the silver and blue combination.

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  60. Lori, your bracelet is beautiful! I love a bracelet that has movement and the color of the czech glass is the perfect shade of blue! Beautifully done!

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  61. Lori, I wish I had your clasp on my bracelet! What a beautiful clasp to go with those oval links!
    What an awesome lady you are for the giveaways! You know I'm a seed bead girl, but I'd be happy with any of that wonderful beadiness!

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  62. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love this blue with the silver on your bracelet! Gorgeous, Lori.

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  63. Oh what a lovely bracelet Lori! You and I share the same love of "noisy" bracelets. I can almost hear the joyful jingle jangle this beauty will bring!

    Regarding the awesome giveaway, winning either set of beads would be a delight!

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  64. Oh, I would love to win those twin seed beads! I can't wait to try them. Thanks!

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  65. I'd love to have the Bead soup. The beads all look wonderful, and the twin seed beads are great.

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  66. I really like the bracelet you made for this. The decorative lobster clasp is cute and adds to the design. I just tweeted about your giveaway and your Bracelets of Hope blog hop.

    http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  67. Just posted to my facebook page about your Bracelets of Hope blog hop and the giveaway. http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

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  68. love the bracelet you made. After having a client loose her fav bracelet I only use a lobster claw and I love that one.

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  69. Luv the Bracelet! Fun & happy! They'll luv it too!

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  70. First of all I love your bracelet Lori. The blue beads are stunning and the dangles are awesome.
    Second.....you know I just love your giveaways and with that said I would love to win the bead soup mix.
    Off to tweet and tell everyone on FB, Plus finish my blog hopping. I hope you got a chance to check out my contribution to the 7000.

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  71. What a beautiful bracelet, Lori, for such a great cause. I love that shade of blue you used for the dangles!

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  72. Lovely Bracelet for a great cause! And seed bead fanatic that I am, I would love to win!

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  73. I posted on my Facebook Page, Gem Rio, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gem-Rio

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  74. I tweeted while intoning a little seed bead mantra, https://twitter.com/#!/paints12/status/173764669134209025

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  75. Anonymous9:13 AM

    Hi, I'm new to beading, but read your blog all the time. I really love your blue bracelet. This is my second try at a blogging give away. I sure would like to win some beads. Thanks

    esserrae@yahoo.com

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  76. I have not had a chance to work with Czech glass and would LOVE an opportunity. PLEASE add my name to the bead bowl.


    wis momworks (at) gmail (dot) com

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  77. Sharing on Facebook (liked their page too) and I would be happy with either, but think I would prefer to start with the soup mix.

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  78. I have a bead related blog post up now, including a reminder about the Bead Soup party reveal, and I will edit and add this giveaway.

    http://lovevisiting.blogspot.com/2012/02/thirty-day-beading-challenge.html

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  79. I love the big oval links and the elegant blue you have used. Those double "dog nose" beads look really intriguing - I'm off to see the tutorials on the Preciosa site...

    I've tweeted too :)

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  80. Lori, I so love your style - I can always tell when you've designed something! this is a stunning bracelet, full of movement and fun. Someone is going to be very happy wearing this!

    (and yay, giveaway! LOL)

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  81. beautiful silver links & charm dangles. what have you done w/ the little double holed beads? I am always woncering just waht to do w/ those? The red mix is more my style of the two choices ;)

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  82. Love the bracelet! It is gorgeous!! Love the bead soup mix, starting to notice I like red, and do not have many beads in that color!

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  83. great give aways! would love to win either one!

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  84. I love your blog! I have stumbled across it before and forgot to bookmark it (will take care of that little hiccup right now!) Glad I found you again...

    What a wonderful give-away - the bead soup is absolutely lovely :)

    The bracelet is beautiful and unique - lucky the person who receives it!
    Cheers,
    Cindy Caraway

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  85. Wwaaoo. Ilove giveaways. Looks awesome ,,

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  86. I love your bracelet!

    And of course who would turn down the opportunity for bead soup?

    I would enjoy giving the red glass bead soup a home :)

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  87. I would love to win! Love your bracelet too Lori!

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  88. Hello Lori! I would prefer the pressed glass bead soup:)

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  89. Beautiful bracelet! Love the pattern you used for the hop

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  90. You are so blessed with talent. I just found your page. Your work is amazing. I have no blog, but need one. I am a bracelet maker. My email is palijewels@ymail.com.

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  91. I love your blue bracelet. I prefer seed beads.
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  92. Shared on fb: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=229435317152176&id=100000760968974
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  93. tweet about giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/#!/Ludmilochka/status/174155147134513153
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  94. Linda_Anderson at email dot com4:33 PM

    Wow! I'd like either as I'm starting to get obsessed with kumihimo. :). Thanks for thinking of us!

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  95. I posted about the giveaway on my blog post today! http://craftyhope.blogspot.com/2012/02/fish-and-meal-plan.html

    p.s. I like the red bead set.

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  96. I posted the giveaway on my FB page! (https://www.facebook.com/CraftyHopeJewelry)

    Again, the red set is the one I prefer if I have to pick

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  97. Lastly, I tweeted about it (@CraftyHope)

    Aaaannnnnddd, the red set. ;)

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  98. That bracelet is absolutely gorgeous! I'm in love with it :)

    And those beads are very pretty too!

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  99. I would love either giveaway. I'm actually doing an earring donation that I plan to blog about in a few weeks...

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  100. OOH YUM those red pressed glass ones are yummy!

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  101. Love your bracelet, Lori. Your things are always so cheerful.

    Would like the pressed glass mix.

    Off to blog about the giveaway. Thnaks for having it.

    Carolyn
    carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

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  102. I love the colour of your bracelet and so I prefer the seed beads.

    kind regards
    kirsiluo from Finland

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  103. I love love love beads and
    beading....:)

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