Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Welcome to Win It Wednesday!! The winner of the Converse Shoes from Spunky Monkey is #17 Anne . Congrats!

This week I am giving away a $30 Gift Certificate to the Andean Collection. You may have seen them on The Gift Closet before & remember their gorgeous jewelry!

Amanda Judge founded The Andean Collection in the fall of 2008 while she was in Ecuador researching rural women’s survival strategies in the face of extreme poverty for her master thesis. The point of her research was to settle on a few tangible projects that an outside agency could do in order to help the community make long lasting improvements in their own standards of living. As it turns out, instead of just writing about these possibilities, Amanda decided to put her own ideas into action.

After discovering the amazing natural materials that were used in native jewelry making, Amanda knew that finding a market for jewelry made out of these natural seeds would be more beneficial than any academic paper could ever be. Amanda then extended her stay in Ecuador to lay the groundwork for The Andean Collection. The first task was to find disadvantaged artisans who had a drive to create a better life for themselves and their families. Next was training the artisans on order production and of course, showing them how to use email. Since the beginning, The Andean Collection has been training the artisans is jewelry design, helping them fortify their supply chains, and let’s not forget the endless cross-continent goose chases to find the highest quality raw materials in South America.

Artisans handcraft their designs from natural seeds that have been sustainably harvested from the rainforests and lowlands of South America. The commercialization of these seeds helps to ensure the survival of the world’s rainforests by providing an alternative income for its inhabitants rather than logging or selling their land to destructive industries. Through a very manual process, seeds are transformed into beads with gorgeous natural irregularities, both in color and form, which truly makes each piece one of a kind.

Want It? Click here to visit Andean Collection.

Win It! How to enter to win the $30 Gift Certificate to Andean Collection:
1. Leave a comment here & be sure to include your email address if it is not on your profile. Winners will only be contacted via email.
2. For an EXTRA entry, click on the button below, come back here & tell me one of the companies you see listed on my Christmas @ the Gift Closet page.
3. Contest ends Tuesday November 17, 2009 @ midnight.

Now is the time to advertise your business for the Holidays! I am offering Buy 2 months get 1 free on my Right sidebar at this time.....premium advertising space! Contact me today for more info heatherldt@bellsouth dot net

89 comments:

Annie said...

The jewelery is so beautiful.

mrs_alee@yahoo.com

Annie said...

One of the companies on your list is; The Pleated Poppy

mverno said...

the colors are great mverno@Roadrunner.com

Amy said...

So pretty! Thanks for the chance to enter!

amykpaul AT gmail DOT com

Amy said...

Lillybella Boutique! What cute stuff!

amykpaul AT gmail DOT com

Eileen said...

Cute jewelry!

matthfam at gmail dot com

Eileen said...

Jamie's precious peas

matthfam at gmail dot com

Heather said...

adorable


heatherdemke(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather said...

lilybella

heatherdemke(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather M said...

Huaruro bracelet is what I'd buy!!! Beautiful!

hmahan_0529 @yahoo dot com

Heather M said...

Inspire your Walls

cdziuba said...

cdziuba@aol.com Lovely giveaway, I'd love to win.

cdziuba said...

CRC Designs is one of the companies on your Guide. cdziuba@aol.com

Rebecca said...

I loved the huaruro necklace, but they were all really nice.

Meggera said...

I love the acai necklace. Beautiful!

Meggera said...

Lilybella is one of the companies.

Rebecca said...

Wow, you have a lot of companies listed. I looked at several, like the Pleated Poppy and Nothing Fancy.

kelliomorton said...

I love this jewelry!! I also love the story behind the jewelry. Thanks for the information!
kellimorton@hotmail.com

kelliomorton said...

I just checked out Bubelle (in your Christmas @ the gift closet) I plan on ordering a couple of things for sure.
thanks,
kellimorton@hotmail.com

sweetsue said...

The pretty raindrop choker is my favorite.
smchester at gmail dot com

Amber said...

I would sure love to win!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber said...

The Pleated Poppy is one place listed on your Christmas @ The Gift Closet list!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Kristy Chuhaloff said...

beautiful jewelry!

Kristy Chuhaloff said...

One of your Christmas partners is Inspire Your Walls.

coliebear said...

I really love the circle cascade necklace in harvest orange. It is very unique...which is the type of jewelry I love!!

lenz.nicole@gmail.com

Michelle AKA blabla3269 said...

my daughter would go nuts for everything on this site

Mamushi Love said...

I'd love to win. I think I'd get one of the Accented Tagua necklaces.

Alison said...

Thanks so much for the chance! I'd totally get the acai neckalce!

Alison said...

Wear the Earth is one of the featured shops

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Oh, I did hear about them first from you a while back. I love their items!

PS: I have a giveaway right now, too!

Laurie said...

beautiful jewelry!

sweepmom said...

I really like the islandy feel of this jewelry.

Tracey said...

The Acai Wrap Bracelet is very pretty.
traymona[at]aol.com

Claire said...

Very unique!

thefatesarevicious at yahoo dot com

llinda29 said...

Quality and beauty is a nice combination.

Colengal said...

The Waterfall necklace is gorgeous. it would be the perfect thing for a great crisp white button down shirt

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I really like her use of large beads, thank you so much!

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

ehhogan said...

The jewelry is so colorful!


ehhogan at bellsouth.net

tatertot374 said...

I like the pambil earrings
Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

tatertot374 said...

Nothing Fancy is one of the companies listed
Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

jennem said...

Ethnic yet classic and universal.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

mmentor said...

my niece would love this

Deb K said...

Please enter me~I love this beautiful jewelry at the shop!!

deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

Deb K said...

Baby Blvd. is another company listed on your Christmas @ the Gift Closet page.


deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

SeahorseLady said...

I love the beautiful Accented Tagua Necklace. It would be great to get one in chocolate and another one in blue.

SeahorseLady said...

Jamie's Precious Peas is one of the companies that you have listed. (Great site too!)

Mimi the kitten said...

What magnificent, creative jewelry. Thanks for the chance, and God bless you.

Mimi the kitten said...

You list Jaime's Precious Peas in the Gift Closet.

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the Circle Cascade Necklace!

AEKZ2 said...

I love the tagua hoop (wine) earrings.

Telisha said...

I really like the jabon choker. Thanks.

Telishahayes@hotmail.com

Telisha said...

Savy Girl & Company has beautiful jewelry. Thanks.

Telishahayes@hotmail.com

Pamela S said...

I love their products. Great looking earring, and I especially love the "3 in 1 long stranded acai necklace". Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pamela S said...

Pretty Peacock is one of the people listed in the Gift Closet. Pretty necklace they're showing!! Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

giveawaydarling said...

The cloud forest choker is beautiful!

giveawaydarling said...

One of your Christmas partners is Inspire Your Walls.

autie said...

How pretty!

autie said...

One company listed is Bubelle

Hotsnotty2 said...

So beautiful, thanks for the chance!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

dreamcleavers said...

dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
would love the prize of this one

dreamcleavers said...

dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
baby blvd is one of the companies

Jackee Ann said...

Great items, I like the pambil bracelet a lot!
happeejackee at gmail dot com

Jackee Ann said...

One company is the Baby Blvd!
happeejackee at gmail dot com

Arla said...

Went to the site, handsome items, the 3 in 1 jabon necklace is pretty but the 3 stranded green necklace next to it is nice too.
lighthousee27(at)gmail.com

Arla said...

Bubele!~

Janette @Unglamorous Giveaways said...

Beautiful jewelry!
decadent87 at gmail dot com

Janette @Unglamorous Giveaways said...

One company is Inspire Your Walls!

Anne said...

I love the pambil earrings and the 3 in 1 long stranded acai necklace
annemolino at hotmail dot com

Anne said...

lilybella is one of the companies

chazvgo said...

Wow, lots of cute items. Perfect for Christmas gifts :)

Kia89 said...

I would love to win this!
austma7@aol.com

helen said...

Wonderful giveaway my fingers are crossed. I adore the acai wrap bracelet it's gorgeous.thanks Helen

malfie@care2.com

Angela G said...

I love the necklace. :)
ag1414@hotmail.com

Angela G said...

I saw Inspire Your Walls on the list.

Reeva said...

very very nice!

Reeva said...

Lilybella is another company

skicat said...

I like that necklace!

Smooshy said...

enter me!

~*~lilshuga2001~*~ said...

So pretty thanks for the chance!

Fionen said...

Such beautiful and unique jewelry and a good cause too. Just awesome.

fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com

Fionen said...

One of the companies listed on your Christmas @ the Gift Closet page is Nest Handbags and Accessories. Their pleated frame bags are gorgeous!

fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com

dhunt said...

Would be really nice to win!!

Gianna said...

pambil bracelet :)

brownhairgirl7 said...

I would love to win this. Their jewelry is gorgeous!

brownhairgirl7@hotmail.com

brownhairgirl7 said...

The Pretty Peacock is one of the companies listed on the Gift Closet page.

brownhairgirl7@hotmail.com

John, Sarah and Maddie said...

Gorgeous! I'm drooling! Thanks for the chance to win!

John, Sarah and Maddie said...

The Pretty Peacock, one of my favorites, is on your list!

purango said...

I love the beauty. It is beautiful. garrettsambo@aol.com

Atreau said...

I really like the accented tagua necklace.

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