November 1, 2010

Sisterhood of the Traveling Beads Giveaway!

Last week, I was the lucky recipient of the Sisterhood of the Traveling bead box- 
(Originated by the talented Heather Powers of Humblebeads- Heather compiled a large box of beads from her studio, and offered them in a giveaway on her blog. The box has traveled through the hands of about 8 different people!

 I won by sheer LUCK as my comment was picked on Kristie's Artisan Clay blog. When it arrived, I was so excited and eager to go through the contents! It was equivalent to Christmas morning, except there was a glass of wine, and instead of in front of the tree, I was on the floor of my studio.

I picked out a handful of my favorite items, here is a pic of a few things I picked out.


I contributed several boxes of art beads, and other findings, and beads to the box- trying to label them accurately for the next recipient.  Here is a sneak peek of a Smidge of what I contributed from my own stash.



There is now a cute little journal included, which I thought was fun- and enjoyed writing my entry of what I was contributing. The biggest challenge was making it all fit back onto the box once I was done, but I was triumphant!!


Here is the box, all packed up and ready to go to the next lucky beadaholic! Here's what you need to know to play along:

The giveaway: The entire box of goodies, WELL over $200 worth of beads.

The stipulations: You'll pay for shipping: $15.00 for flat rate priority mail.

The rules: You'll take what you want from the box, add in items from your own bead stash to replace the items you took and do the same giveaway on your blog. We'll keep the beads traveling for as long as we can.

To enter: Leave a comment, be sure to include your email.


Bonus: Blog, facebook or twitter about it to enter more than once. Leave another comment letting me know how you helped spread the word.



Deadline: Comments will be accepted until Friday Nov 5th, at 5pm
                 [the box will then be shipped Monday Nov. 8 to the winner.]



The winner will then have 2 weeks to go through the box and pick out their items and contribute to the box, and then host their own giveaway.

All I ask is that each time it passes hands, the winner will email me when the next giveaway starts so I can enjoy the traveling and help promote your giveaway!

International bloggers: I'm sorry, but due to shipping only those in the U.S. can play along. But I'm suddenly feeling really bad for my non-U.S. blog readers. If you are outside the states leave a comment and I'll also draw one international winner for a bead grab bag from my own stash of beads.

Here were some fun comments from the contest that Heather shared:


"How about if contributors post pix of the contents when they get it and what they add? It would be very interesting to see how it changes." - Deerwoman


"I'd love to play. Is it possible to share your turn? Because I know my bead society would love to join in but most of them don't blog or have sites." - Mikki



"A friend of mine started something like this a little while ago - on a much smaller scale of course - only $15 worth of beads - and we have 4 beaders who are participate currently. When the pkgs contain beads we originally put into the stash, we take them out and replace them and just keep the traveling bead circle going. :) It's a really fun way to destash/share and receive/discover new goodies!" - Kismet1990



Some questions that Heather was asked:

How do we know the value to replace the beads? I only ask that you think generously of the next winner and replace the beads with what you think is a fair trade.



Did I lose my mind giving away this stash? Honestly these are things I will never use. They were stuffed in boxes or piled in corners. I'm not giving up anything precious. I also happen to be a big believer that only open hands can receive new gifts! (Or beads in this case.)



Can I do this on my blog? By all means, de-stash and do your own traveling bead box! I didn't make this up, gardeners trade seeds, readers trade books, there are crafty swaps going on all the time. Have fun, I'm happy to inspire such beady goodness.

93 comments:

  1. Do you consider Puerto Rico as US or international?

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  2. Please, oh pretty please pick my name.

    Alice
    thepetersons13@mchsi.com

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  3. I'm going to keep trying to win this! Thanks for contributing so many wonderful goodies!
    Karen
    karen@schoolaids.com
    I'm going to share this link on facebook as soon as I'm finished here.

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  6. I love following this box! I really hope I win it eventually!

    rockinsmiths5@comcast.net
    www.stacilouiseoriginals.com

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  7. I shared this on facebook to spread the word too!

    rockinsmiths5@comcast.net
    www.stacilouiseoriginals.com

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  8. What a terrific idea! I love the addition of a journal.
    I hope I get picked.

    Ann
    http://mycriticaleye.com

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  9. This is so much fun!!!! yes please, I would like to play!!
    tish@justatish.com

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  10. What a fantastic idea! How fun! I bet it was just like Christmas opening a surprise box of amazing beads from other bead enthusiasts!

    I would LOVE to participate!

    eyedoglass@hotmail.com
    www.geneabeads.com

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I enjoyed celebrating with you :)

    Much love,

    G

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  11. Just facebooked it... I love those glazed round pendants!

    Ann
    http://mycriticaleye.com

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  12. posted it on my facebook -
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-A-Tish-Jewely-Designs/9139201359?ref=search

    and tweeted it!!

    and will blog about it tomorrow!
    http://justatish.blogspot.com

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  13. I'll have another go at this!!So much fun!!

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  14. I love that you added a journal - what a fantastic idea!

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  15. What fun--an early Christmas gift for whoever wins this round!

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  16. What an absolutely fab idea! Perhaps we should start a European travelling bead box over here...by the way, has my little package arrived with you yet? Do let me know when it does, I posted it a wee while ago now...

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  17. such a great idea!!

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  18. Okay, I'm in, once again! My email: vanbeads@yahoo.com. I'd love to see what's in that box and add some stuff from my own extensive stash!

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  19. This sounds like a blast- I'm sure we all have oodles of beads that feed our obsession and receiving a box to look through?- better than Christmas- maybe even better than a snow day!

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  20. What a great idea...just found this blog today! I am in the beginning stages of trying to open up a bead shop in my little town, so I would love to see what people have in thier stach!
    crisz.com

    Chris

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  21. I'm going to try this again ;) I still have some "spare" stash left after starting The Best Little Bead Box out last month. lol

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  22. Oops...sandfibers@yahoo.com for the above comment. Sorry about the duplicate!

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  23. Ah, this sounds like so much fun! Bummed I can't take part, but completely understand. Will be fun reading up on it anyhow. :)

    Love the idea of a Euro traveling bead box, too! :P

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  24. I want to play!

    ahteesemail[at]yahoo[dot]com
    ~Rose

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  25. Oh! I would love a chance to take part! I am finally getting back into designing and this would really jump start my process! I have goodies to share too!

    Thanks for considering me!

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  26. What fun! I have a question. When you put things in the box, do you need to know the source from which you bought them? Or can you just add any wonderful goodies that you have?

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  27. Hi Lorelei-
    I blogged and shared on Facebook. This is a fabulous opportunity. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Denise

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  28. OK, now I've just posted it to my Facebook page, too.

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  29. Hi Lorelei, I wanna play -- please pick me!

    Emanda
    Artymezia(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Janice Bryant11/01/2010

    Hi Lorelie,
    I want that box. Please, please pick me. Thanks

    Janice
    Butterfly080760@aol.com

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  31. I have been wondering where that box went- I remember when Heather started this. I would love to participate and I am feeling lucky.
    I will share the giveaway on my blog and on facebook.
    So glad the box is still traveling!!
    Ps love your journal idea. adds to the intrigue.

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  32. PS OOps my email heatherp22msn.com

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  33. Wow! What fun!! It looks like you added so much and took so few.
    I am an international Canadian player (hopeful!).
    Thanks!!
    Cilla

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  35. Oh, this is so cool and such a wonderful gift for the winner. I hope it will be me! Thanks! --SallyA

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  36. I've been following this box since the beginning...I keep hoping I'll win eventually!! :) The box looks amazing...as usual! :)

    knitster23@gmail.com

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  37. What a fabulous idea! I hope I am the lucky recipient.
    I have FB and added to my blog.

    Cheers,
    Stacy
    Sissyandjacks@nc.rr.com

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  39. Hello! I'm in Canada and would love to enter your international blogger grab bag giveaway! Thanks for thinking of us non US beaders. :-)
    Lisa

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  40. Ohhh! Count me in! This is such a fun idea!

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  41. the journal is a great add~ when I did a paper swap this summer there was a book to sign in & leave a scrap & a note

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  42. I love this idea (and the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). I'm from Puerto Rico and we use USPS with the same flat rate shipping charges so I guess I can participate. Please count me in. I will post on my blog: www.normasclay.com
    Thanks,
    Norma
    normasclay@google.com

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  43. I've been following the box for a while and would LOVE a chance to win!

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  44. Lorelei, I'd love to participate! My e-mail is lisakwaj at-sign yahoo dot com. Thanks a mil!

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  45. Opps
    Lorelei I forgot to leave my email address - Yezy@aol.com

    Once again thanks for sharing!

    Denise

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  46. I wish I could get my hands on that box, if even just to see the contents. Sooo many gorgeous beads! However, I'm one of those non-US readers (Canada, here). So hopefully I can keep following the box on the blogs, and I hope to see your project!

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  47. oh yeah, email, durr. sorry. I blame it being midnight:

    orange.peel.goddess{at}gmail{dot}com

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  48. this is the coolest thing ive ever seen!
    marinarios@yahoo.com

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  49. Congrats on your win!!! This is a very fun idea I definitely want to play along. laurie@mermaidglass.com

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  50. A wonderful box of goodies! I'll surely be holding my fingers crossed.
    Internaional beader, nallyblue@gmail.com

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  51. I finally caught up with the bead box, yeah! I would love to participate. I have a stash of lampwork beads that would love to travel. havanabeads@yahoo.com

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  52. Anonymous11/02/2010

    Please include me!

    Sandra

    sandra5461@comcast.net

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  53. What a fabulous idea! I would love to win this because I have a ton of beads that I haven't touched in years but just can't seem to get rid of. If I was TRADING beads, I think it would be easier to sort through my stash.

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  54. Commented yesterday, blogged and fb'd today for extra credit :)

    Kristi
    dreamsome1@yahoo.com

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  55. Throwing in name and crossing fingers. :)

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  56. Just blogged about it. :)

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  57. I love this idea...so many hands in one little box!
    Bead Happy!
    Michelle

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  58. Stiff competition, but my fingers are crossed!

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  59. Congratulations on winning. I can well imagine it would be like Christmas morning opening and going through the box! Love the journal-we did that with a round robin quilt and it was great fun to read. I am posting it on my FB. My e-mail is rmar261783@aol.com

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  60. Ohhh I hope it is me! What a cool idea!

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  61. Oh what a blast!! Sounds like a fun time. I'm going to twitter and FB this post!!

    Cheers,
    ~Shel~
    Michelle Buettner
    www.MiShelDesigns.com
    www.ShelsJewelrySupplies.etsy.com
    shel@asicj.com

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  62. What I don't have to tell my husband that I'm getting new beads? I'm in! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Janea
    coprpop@yahoo.com
    nayasorganizedchaos.blogspot.com

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  63. I'm Swedish so I can't participate in the swap/giveaway. Just had to say I can see why you were so thrilled to get the box. Wow, what a treat, getting a big parcel like that!

    And I really like the way this is done, not knowing beforehand how the box will travel, just being handed from one person to the next via blogs. Not pre-planned like a round robin swap.

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  64. Me international, would love to play for your extra giveaway. Thanks so much. We need to do something like this in Europe.....

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  65. Ooooooh! Goody! Put my name in! Gaea@gaea.cc

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  66. Oh what a fun thing!!! Please enter me Lorelei! It looks like so much fun!!!
    cherishdesigns@live.com

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  67. I would love to participate in this. I don't get a lot of traffic on my blog....ok very little, but I would promote the heck out of this, if given the chance...lol

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  68. Ooooooo, FUN! I'd love a chance to win!

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  69. :( suddenly I wish I lived State-side. I'd love a chance to win a grab bag though! I'm going to investigate what the girls at my beading group might give up to start a UK one soon!

    Laura
    x

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  70. I helped spreading the word on my blog. Here: http://normasclay.blogspot.com/2010/11/sorteo-peculiar-sisterhood-of-traveling.html

    Good Luck to me!

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  71. Oooh, I want a turn. Count me in!

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  72. I'd love to have a chance to look in the box.

    sundowndesigns@mchsi.com

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  73. WoW! This is so cool! my email pijworld@gmail.com

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  74. I am so excited about this giveaway that I posted it on facebook and twitter.

    I also posted it on my blog too!
    www.pijworld.com

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  75. Us Poor Canadians, Oh well, I guess we will have to do our own! It is still nice to read about it though :)

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  76. I'm in! I would love to share things out of my own crazy piles of beady goodness!!

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  77. it would be so cool to win !! I would love to go through all that beady goodness.......and pick a few beads for my very own, and of course add a few of my own to replace what I choose!

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  78. Hello! I blogged, I Twittered, and I facebooked for you! Plus leaving a comment! Congrats on winning! I will keep my fingers crossed for myself now....I have TONS to destash!!

    Warmly,
    Leslie
    lgidden@att.net

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  79. What a very clever and enticing idea--who could resist throwing their name in the hat!

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  80. Oh please include me in on the fun!

    my email is dancingmonkeyjewelry@hotmail.com

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  81. This is so cool! I want it next! I want it next! :)

    PS. I tweeted about it and shared it on my facebook :)


    stargirl@stargirljewelry.com

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  82. Lorelei,
    What a fun concept- I wish I could be one of your entrants but alas I can not because I live in Canada. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway beads - what a kind thing to do.
    I think other people's beads always seem more interesting than one's own - even when one has collected some beautiful beads.

    It is fun just to check the blog to see what people have added and deleted to the traveling box.

    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
    Anna

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  84. (Whoops.... sorry about the delete above forgot my email... duh!)

    Oh my! I am so glad to have caught this.

    This is such a great idea! I would love to be entered.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win.

    TAKE CARE! :)

    thegrittybird@triad.rr.com

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  85. Just checked out your wonderful blog tonite! I want to enter and hope to get a chance receiving that box full of goodies. I'll be going through my stash to see what I can part with.
    Aloha~Cee

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  86. WOW....what a wonderful idea.
    The goodies look awesome!!!!
    gerrysbeadgallery@yahoo.com

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  87. The box looks so packed with wonderful supplies!

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  88. Throwing in a few comments at the end!

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  89. One more!

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  90. Two more!

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  91. ...and one more for good luck!

    sandra5461@comcast.net

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  92. Thank you so much for thinking of all of us internationals who can't play along! this is an amazing giveaway!

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