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Sweet Tea Shoppe & Giveaway!

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Nicole, from SweetTeaShoppe, is a fabulous jewelry maker.  These stamped pieces are SO HOT right now and every time I see one I want it!  Gimme, gimme, gimme!  Anyway, here’s a little more about her…

How did you get started?
Two things took place in tandem last fall: our family began pursuing an international adoption, and I launched a line of handstamped jewelry at sweetTea.

The Hubby and I had long spoken of someday adopting a child in need of a family, and late 2009 we arrived at the agreement that ‘someday’ was now. The cost of documents, legal fees, travel, and so forth was staggering, so i chose to get serious about my etsy shop.

Through sweetTea, I get to hammer and burnish to my heart’s content, my customers receive silvery pieces of custom goodness in the mail, and this bit of added income helps cover our adoption expenses. A fantastic set-up the whole way around.

How did you learn your craft?
Four words: trial and error and error and error.

Stamping metal is a tricky thing. At the beginning my hammer and I were rarely on speaking terms, but with bunches of steady practice and a healthy dose of vexed muttering, I got the hang of it.

What is your favorite thing about your craft?
Pretty much I love the whole process: the dreaming up new designs; the feel of silver, cold and smooth; the quiet patter of steel shot in a drum; the wire wrapping and packaging.

It completely brightens my life when a customer drops me a note to say how much his or her sister or best friend or spouse adored their custom gift.  But mostly? I’ve met brilliant people through this shop. Nothing tops the fresh joy of customers and fellow artisans who turn into friends.

Do you have any favorite items you make?
I’m crazy in love with the ‘expecting’ necklaces; the curved shape of the sterling teardrops makes me think of a belly cradling all this hope. Also? I’m near-giddy about the hammered silver wings of the ‘DREAM BIG’ pieces.

What do you do during your free time?
I relish well-crafted novels (I’m partial to Tolkien and Elizabeth Kostova). I stitch up little-people things and sometimes bake and love playing backyard soccer with my brood till the mosquitoes swarm. I kiss my kids for the sheer pleasure of watching them wipe it off. I’m a fair-weather runner and sometimes-blogger (http://60piggies.blogspot.com).

Nicole also wants to offer one of you lucky readers your choice of the following two items from her shop!  

Single Ring Necklace
Double Ring Mom Necklace

I love these!  I want to enter so I can win! Oh…wait…
To enter?  Visit her shop and leave a comment saying which item is your favorite
And for a second entry…leave a comment saying you follow my blog!  Make sure to leave your email address as well. 

This giveaway will end on Friday, August 27th at midnight 

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  1. I absolutely love the double ring mum necklace. It would be perfect as we have a new addition on the way in October 🙂 What a lovely give away.

  2. I love the simplicity charm necklace. So simple and cute!

  3. So hard to choose my favorite! I love the Stamped Mom necklace – double ring! Soo pretty!

    helen_ono at hotmail dot com

  4. I'm already a follower of your blog! It's lovely!! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I love the single ring stamped necklace, and also the guitar pick!!

  6. I am a follower if your blog 🙂

  7. Ross & Amanda Goodman- but mostly Amanda :) says:

    I love the rustic and sweet heart. All these pieces are so beautiful!

  8. The Holmes Family says:

    I love the 26.2 fly necklace. I would want it to say 13.1 because I am training for my first half marathon. It would be incredible to mark that in such a special way. And of sourse I also love the kids necklaces, too.
    So excited for the chance to win!

  9. Angela Cooling says:

    I am a follower!!!

  10. Julie @ My Life...Inspired says:

    I love the hand stamped blossom necklace!

  11. aliimberi says:

    I have followed your blog since the day I found it ! I check it daily!
    And I have wanted some stamped jewelry for a LONG time!!! Love the giveaway!


  12. I love the double ring mom necklace!

  13. I love the imagine. inspire. teach. necklace. I'm a teacher, so not only would I love to have one, but I would also love to give this necklace to several other teachers I know.


  14. I love the silver necklace, topped with a starfish.

  15. Count me in! I'm a follower!

  16. I have been COVETTING these with my Little Man's name printed on it…pick me!

  17. kandie_mcd says:

    I love the custom hand-stamped blossom…so pretty!

  18. kandie_mcd says:

    I'm a follower on Facebook!

  19. im a follower of your blog !!!!!

  20. im torn between the blossom and the classic bar !!!!! they are all such pieces of work !!!!!

  21. being a teacher who is heading back to school next week, i love the imagine. inspire. teach. necklace…just beautiful.

  22. I follow your blog:)


  23. The double ring mommy b=necklace is amazing and I have 2 children whose names I would love to wear close to my heart every day:)


  24. Beth Anne McCann says:

    I love the Double ring mom necklace 🙂

  25. The A Team says:

    I absolutely love the custom stamped silver necklace topped with a starfish. Would love to win this great giveaway.


  26. Mruna Mistry says:

    My fave is the dream big necklace
    mrunamistry at gmail dot com

  27. Mruna Mistry says:

    I follow your blog
    mrunamistry at gmail dot com

  28. My grandson would love that guitar pic since he is learning to play, and is now playing in church.

  29. Rafael's Mum says:

    I really like the family necklace. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  30. Rafael's Mum says:

    I am following you.

  31. I love the double ring necklace – fantastic!


  32. and I follow your blog


  33. Oh, I love the double ring necklace. It's perfect for information about my cute little family!

  34. I have to say the stamped mom necklace double rings is my favorite – and $32 isn't an unreasonable price either. I like the idea of the 'be the ball' golf marker as well, if Kurt golfed. alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

  35. Ry and Ally says:

    I LOVE the family custom necklace! Gorgeous!

  36. Sew Here We Are says:

    I am a follower


  37. Sew Here We Are says:

    Love the sterling bar topped with starfish and the double ring mother one…Actualy they are all great!


  38. i love the single ring necklace and the dance. a stamped sterling necklace.
    songyueyu at gmail

  39. Ian and Kristen says:

    I am a follower!

  40. The Sweeter Sweater Company says:

    I love the swivel bar necklace!

  41. The Sweeter Sweater Company says:

    I follow your blog; keep up the good work!

  42. My fav item is the Keep calm. or not. necklace 🙂

  43. My favorite is the adoption necklace as we just adopted from China 4 months ago!

  44. I am a follower! nkmeldrim at hotmail dot com

  45. I like the tiny initials

  46. The Mom necklace is really nice and I also like the 'Dream Big' necklace.

  47. I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. She makes such beautiful jewelry! Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. I would love the simplicity: a charm necklace. LOVE your work!! Thanks for the opportunity for such a great giveaway!


  50. i just love the simplicity. a tiny charm necklace!!! how gorgeous is this necklace! and its perfect; i have three kids so this would work perfect!


  51. I love the single ring necklace!

  52. Krista Fields-Kilgore says:

    I love the Dream Big ones the angel wings are adorable! I also like the starfish stuff cute!

  53. CocoBella says:

    This was tough because there were so many cute designs, but I loved the 'dream big. a hand stamped sterling angel wing necklace' the most!


  54. I love the double ring mom necklace. I just had my last baby so can finally start looking at stuff like this without worrying how to add another!

  55. Daniel and Erica says:

    I love the single ring necklace…as well as everything else!!

  56. Joan and Kevin says:

    I am a follower of your blog.

  57. Chris and Sara says:

    I love the Phillipans 4:13 one!

  58. Chris and Sara says:

    I am a follower of your blog!

  59. Oh, I love the serenity earrings


  60. and I'm a follower!


  61. Oooo. . .so hard to choose but I think I must pick the hand stamped blossom necklace.
    huskerkarlen1 AT gmail DOT com

  62. Hard to choose…I love the je t'adore necklace…I lived in France for awhile! I also love the mom necklace! Thanks for sharing such talent!

  63. i am a follower too! huskerkarlen1 at gmail dot com

  64. I love the custom sterling heart!

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  65. I follow your blog!

    qt_girl2000 at hotmail dot com

  66. ellison01 says:

    double ring mom necklace for sure! some really cute teacher gifts too, bookmarking for end of the year 🙂


  67. Benjamin, Lindsey, Brewer and Roxi Fund says:

    I absolutely adore the "precious in his sight" necklace. What a great reminder.


  68. ezeldabeth says:

    its a tossup between tiny initial and the double ring mom necklace!


  69. LOVE the custom stamped blossom necklace. the give away pieces are awesome too.

    ourfamily at frontiernet.net

  70. I am a follower of your blog

    ourfamily at frontiernet.net

  71. Breanne & Shannon says:

    Love the simplicity. tiny charm necklace:) a great gift!

  72. The Pimentel Family says:

    So hard to choose… I love the stamped blossom necklace. Simple but so adorable!

  73. i don't even know if you can actually play with a metal pick, but I loved the custom stamped pick! It would be a great hubby gift!

  74. i follow honeybear lane

  75. Patty Wright says:

    I am definately your follower! I love your blog!
    Here is my entry:
    I love the hand stamped single ring necklace and the blossom necklace!

    pattymswright at yahoo dot com

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