Thursday, May 27, 2010

teacher gift necklace give-away

After the great ideas for teacher appreciation gifts posted in the comments here I got all inspired. I was going to do whip up some wing-dinger gifts for the teachers we love so much.

But then life got in the way: I needed to be in one classroom or another I swear every single day. Lucy spilled our whole syrup dispenser full of syrup all over the kitchen. My sister-in-law came to town. And so did one of my best friends from high school. (Both visits were so fun...more on that later.) I stayed up for two nights in a row trying to finish my book club book, and then proceeded to walk around in a fog because I could hardly see straight I was so tired. (In case you can't tell, I'm hanging by a thread.)

So, we opted for our usual gift cards. But this year we added an extra touch a few people suggested: a personalized note from each of our kids to their teachers telling them specific things they loved about them. For this year that'll have to do (and I do think gift cards are a great gift).

Next year I'm want to do this idea from Mirien:

We have an annual teacher appreciation dinner at our house. Each child invites their teacher (and spouse if they have one). We have a nice dinner and we usually play a fun group game. The teachers always seem to appreciate it and we have many good memories. Next week we're hosting our 10th dinner!

...although that's a LOT of teachers if you count Lu's three, Claire's two, Max's seven, etc....hmmmm. We'll see, but I love that idea.

Anyway, I digress.

The reason I'm posting this is because sweet Jacquelyn from The Silver Maple who sent me this beautiful necklace here a while back suggested necklaces for teacher gifts...and is even willing to do a give-away for it!

I'm thinking that's a pretty nice plan.

Even if it's too late for you (like it is for me) to order something for teachers before school gets out in your neck of the woods, I'm sure YOU deserve a necklace for making it to the end of the year too.

I personally think I need this one:

And this is one that she made for my friend for Mother's Day except that she substituted the word "runner" for "teacher," which, yeah, makes a great teacher gift.
And I love this one: Jacquelin will let the winner basically choose and customize their necklace choice once she knows who it is. (I'll announce the winner on Saturday morning.) I am SO excited for whoever wins!

So, whether it's for you or some wonderful teacher in your life, leave a comment to be in the drawing to win one of these beauties.

Love, Shawni

201 comments:

  1. Very, very cool. Thanks for the give away! :-)

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  2. absolutely beautiful necklaces! I have three wonderful teachers in my life and I know that they would love one of these for an end of the year appreciation gift!

    Laura G

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  3. A necklace. What a great teacher gift idea! Love it

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  4. LOVE those necklaces, especially the first one. Thanks for the cool giveaway. And I read your blog everyday and love the way you write and tell your family's story. Thanks for sharing it.

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  5. What beautiful necklaces! School will be over tomorrow for us, but I would love one for myself, especially for those days when, like you, I feel like I am hanging by a thread! Thank you for an inspiring blog!

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  6. LOVE these necklaces...cool giveaway!!

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  7. That would be a fantastic giveaway to win! Thanks for sharing it =))) I just love opening my reader in the a.m. {or anytime} and seeing a post from you! I loved your guest post on Sarah's blog--- it was so very good.
    Have a great day!

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  8. I got so many great ideas from what people posted in regards to thank you gifts. I have to put the finishing touches on mine. I ♥ the necklaces and have admired them for awhile now!

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  9. Those are great! What a good idea!

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  10. Ooooooh....Pick me! Pick me!

    I love my kids' teachers this year and am sad to let them go. Sometimes I wish I could hire one of them to just come home school my kids for the rest of their school years!

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  11. what a great idea for a teacher gift....and one for me too!!! thanks for the giveaway!!! keeping my fingers crossed!!! i love the first one!

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  12. What a FABULOUS teacher gift this would be! So fun! We have 2.5 weeks left of school.

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  13. Another wonderful giveaway! I hope I win, I hope I win!

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  14. I would love one of those for my son's teacher. Their little school closed this year and we're all so sad and will miss having them being a part of our lives.

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  15. I would love to have any of those necklaces... and since my only elementary school teacher is a man this year, I would have to keep it for myself : )

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  16. Gorgeous jewelry! Great giveaway! Wonderful idea! Have a great weekend!

    Karen R.

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  17. Love the necklaces and they are so meaningful. I enjoy reading each day.

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  18. I love the keep calm and carry on. Love your blog :-)

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  19. Lovely necklaces. By the end of the school year I need the reminder to "Keep calm and carry on." Thanks for your inspirational writing.

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  20. The necklaces are beautiful and would make great teacher gifts. I am so inspired by your blog.

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  21. Those are some great ideas, and as a former teacher, they would all be so appreciated!

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  22. Ohhh... Love the necklace! I am a teacher and would cherish something like this from a student. :)

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  23. Those are cute! Fun give away!

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  24. They are all so beautiful and each has its own special meaning! I love them. I would love to win one for my mother who is enduring one of the most difficult periods of her life, watching her eternal companion die.

    Good luck with the teacher appreciation gifts...I {heart} gift cards! You are a most amazingly thoughtful woman and mother. Thank you for your amazing imspiration!
    ~Mary

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  25. VERY cool. It really would make a great teacher gift...but I want one for ME with my 3 babies names on them. So sweet.

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  26. wonderful blog and beautiful necklaces

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  27. Great giveaway! I love all of these necklaces!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. great idea. I love your blog...read it everyday!

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  29. so beautiful. time to start thinking about teacher gifts- we still have another month of school- thank goodness!!

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  30. Great giveaway! I think the wife, mother, teacher one would be perfect!

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  31. What a wonderful giveaway. Teachers are the most important role models that children have next to their family.

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  32. Oh I LOVE them! Everyone of them! What a great gift for anyone. LOVE IT!

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  33. I was talking to my kids about visual reminders of what is important to us in our lives. This fit perfectly. A visual reminder that is beautiful and stylish!

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  34. Oh my, Shawni, my fingers are crossed...PICK ME!!

    :)

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  35. wonderful idea! This will be great for next year. Thanks

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  36. They are beautiful necklaces and whomever is the lucky winner will be blessed to wear it! Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  37. ooooohhh, I love that last one! Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas!

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  38. Wow, what a beautiful giveaway! Thanks!

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  39. so pretty! i have the perfect teacher to give this to!

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  40. I've been wanting a necklace like the last one! LOVE it :)

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  41. Oh, perfect for my sons teacher who has been his dual language teacher for three years in a row and is like a mother to him, not to mention practically a saint! Hope I win one for Sra. Valdovinos!!

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  42. Paige isn't in school yet, but I'm a teacher, so that counts, right? I've been dying for a necklace like one of these.

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  43. My, my, I love those necklaces. I sure hope I win one. :)

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  44. love these necklaces! so fun and what a great gift!

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  45. Love the necklaces - what a fun give-away!
    Enjoy your last few days of school.

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  46. Beautiful necklaces! I'm sure I won't win again but it's worth a shot :-)

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  47. I was hoping to get these for teacher gifts, but it just wasn't in the budget for all the kiddos. lol Then I was secretly hoping to get one for Mother's Day, now I'll just hold onto that hope for the next holiday! lol

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  48. love it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. What a great Idea for a teacher gift, or for anyone. I love them.

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  50. what a great teacher gift... I love it!!

    P.S. We do the annual teacher dinner at our house and LOVE the tradition. Because we have so many teachers as well... last year we opted for a dessert bar! And we found that it was best to do it about three weeks before the last week of school.

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  51. So stinkin' cute.... I can barely stand it!

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  52. I LOVE these necklaces!!! So super super cute!

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  53. all 3 are inspirational - love them!! Thanks for chance!

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  54. pick me, pick me, lovely neclaces!!

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  55. These necklaces are beautiful! Love them. :)

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  56. I would love one of those necklaces. Thanks. You inspire me. You are a great mom/person/wife/etc.

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  57. Wow, you are going to get a lot of comments on this post! :) Beautiful necklaces, love them!

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  58. I LOVE the necklaces. I am getting one for my dear friend.

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  59. What an awesome give-a-way! Such clever ideas!!

    Jenn Mabie
    justmabieso@verizon.net

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  60. Beautiful necklaces :) I'll join in the fun!

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  61. shawni--thanks for all the teacher ideas. I stole the fortune cookie pei wei one for all my girls dance teachers. I think it will be so cute and they will love it. Good luck with a dinner next year...I can barely feed my own brood.

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  62. Jewelry is my addiction! Love it and love these necklaces!!

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  63. Fantastic pieces! And what a great teachers gift.... however, is it wrong that if I'd win I'd want to keep it for myself?? :-)

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  64. no way! these necklaces are amazing.

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  65. How nice is she? :) I love these necklaces!!

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  66. These are adorable! Thanks for giving one away!

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  67. Hooray for give aways! You can never have too much jewelry. :) Ever.

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  68. WOW! What a nice give away. I certainly can hope....

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  69. All of the necklaces are beautiful...great giveaway!

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  70. Thanks! What a nice gift! I homeschool, so maybe I could treat myself? :)

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  71. those necklaces are so cute!!

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  72. My first grader's (Max) teacher is retiring to take care of her first grand child. I would love to give her one. She would love the last one.

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  73. I think those necklaces are so great and would make a wonderful gift.

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  74. I've been wanting one of these forever. I'd love to win!

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  75. They are darling necklace. I am sure any teacher would love to receive one! tashabradshaw@gmail.com

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  76. What a great teacher gift! Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog.

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  77. great giveaway, count me in!

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  78. I've seen these all over blogland! I would love to win the one for my kids names!

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  79. beautiful necklaces!! when i was teaching i LOVED getting gift cards, and special notes from students were the best. one year (after having a VERY difficult student) i bought myself my own teacher appreciation gift (i knew he wouldn't be getting me one!!)!!!

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  80. Great teacher gift! As a teacher I feel qualified to say that ;) But really though, what a great gift for anyone!

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  81. I am the queen so I need a crown.

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  82. Absolutely love those necklaces. Almost as much as I love your blog...and teachers...and chocolate.

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  83. those are awesome--i would love one!

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  84. The necklaces are wonderful. ;)

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  85. I'd love to have one! Beautiful.

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  86. For the record, Shawni, as a former teacher myself, gift cards are VERY much appreciated! :) I also think necklaces are an AMAZING gift - seriously love that! Thanks for a fabulous giveaway! :)

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  87. I love them all. How beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  88. My daughter has a teacher this year who would think she died and went to heaven if she got anyone of those darling necklaces! What fun!!!

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  89. Beautiful. Thanks for the give-away!

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  90. would love to win one of these beautiful necklaces. Thanks for the give away!

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  91. love the keep calm and carry on... that's my first choice- you know, for when I get picked! :)

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  92. Beautiful necklaces and great ideas on teacher appreciation gifts. It's nice to pick people's brains about things like that.

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  93. i think i could use someone whispering "keep calm and carry on" in my head all day, but having it around my neck would definitely help too.

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  94. I am a teacher, so I would love to win this giveaway. Great ideas!

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  95. Beautiful necklaces!!
    Darcy Ure

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  96. That is a great idea! I am a runner and loved that one!

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  97. Is it selfish to want the necklace for myself, not a teacher?

    I love "Keep Calm and Carry On." Sounds like a great Brit-inspired theme for my life.

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  98. Not sure how I stumbled onto your blog, but it has become a favorite and a must read every day! Thanks!

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  99. What an awesome idea. Both of my girls have amazing teachers. One of them tragically lost her husband two years ago. She is actually getting remarried tomorrow. It is so nice to see her happy again after so much sorrow and she continued to do so much for the kids. Luckily, my daughter will be blessed to have her again next year for first grade. I would love to win a necklace for her. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed.

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  100. I love these necklaces. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  101. I think I know what I'm doing for a couple of Christmas gifts this year. thanks for the idea. what a great giveaway.

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  102. I just saw thatsaying Keep Calm and Carry On, I am all for that one! I love it! So cute!

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  103. Awesome idea! Love the necklaces!

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  104. I did the gift card thing, too. Seven kids, ALL in school, makes for a lot of teacher gifts!

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  105. How fun to see all the comments come in when you do a giveaway.

    This is fun. Thanks!

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  107. Beautiful necklaces, thanks for sharing!

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  108. Beautiful necklaces, thanks for sharing!

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  109. oh these are just lovely :o)

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  110. awesome necklaces. that would be a great gift!

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  111. Gorgeous, gorgeous pieces. Love them all!

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  112. How fun! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  113. I've been really wanting a necklace like this for so long, thanks for the giveaway!

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  114. Wow! Keep these giveaways coming, they are so amazing! And I love seeing all these ladies' talents.

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  115. What a great idea...! We have school until June 22nd (ugh!)...but your blog got me in the mindset...so I have sometime to get something together. Thank you! I love that 3rd necklace!

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  116. Awesome! I would love to give one as a parent, and recieve one as a teacher!!!

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  117. I've loved these necklaces since I first saw them, what a beautiful idea. I love creative people because I'm not one! Thank you for writing such an inspiring blog, and book!

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  118. Those are all so beautiful. It would be very difficult to not want to keep it for myself.

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  119. Thanks for the opportunity! LOVE your blog! :)

    Saw you at TOFW in Ogden, fabulous!!!

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  120. cute necklaces especially the runner one! We are a homeschool family so maybe I could qualify for a teacher gift though to be honest having my kids with me everyday is the sweetest gift ever.

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  121. Love the necklaces...love our teachers.

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  122. Absolutely love these necklaces. Thanks for the give away.

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  123. I stumbled across your blog somehow (honestly cannot even remember) about 4 months ago and I must tell you that I am hooked which is quite strange because we have never met. First of all I love your photographs they are beautiful and your writing is very inspiring, so thank you for that. These necklaces are very unique and I would love to know how to place an order for myself, my daughter and my Mom and maybe a teacher in the future (school is out tomorrow- Hallelujah!)

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  124. I blog hopped over here two days ago (have stayed up way too late reading your archives), by way of another blog that was linked by a Facebook friend, and it seems to me that I've gotten here just in time! So if new readers have a chance at this, please count me in! :)

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  125. HOw fun! I made ones for teacher appreciation but they didn't turn out nearly as nice as these! BEAUTIFUL!

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  126. Great necklaces! I love how personalized they can be!

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  127. Love the necklaces! It is actually on my "want" list! :) Thanks!
    Robyn

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  128. Those examples are beautiful. The first one made me smile=)

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  129. I want them all! Beautiful!
    Thanks for posting this.
    -monica
    monicabradford@gmail.com

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  130. Love the necklaces! Too late for our teacher but...there's always me!

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  131. someday i'll win a giveaway. hopefully this one!

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  132. Love the keep calm necklace. Thanks!

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  133. Love the necklaces AND your blog. They are both beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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  134. What fun necklaces. Love your blog.

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  135. I LOVE these necklaces Shawni! And I LOVE your blog!:) Thanks for doing the give away!

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  136. What a great gift idea! The necklaces are beautiful!

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  137. I love those necklaces and I love your blog!

    hutchyhutch87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  138. You do the best giveaways! I'll never win, but it's sure worth a shot!

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  139. We're not done until June 17th, so I have to get one for a teacher! Thanks for doing this!

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  140. I always sit and ponder what I could possibly give to my childrens teachers at the end of the year. Nothing seems to say thank you enough. One of these necklaces would be awesome! There is nothing I love getting more than jewelry!

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  141. Gorgeous jewelry! Either way, I'm ordering something for my daughter's teacher.

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  142. I love these necklaces! Thanks for the idea and the giveaway!

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  143. I am a teacher and would love to own one of these beautiful necklaces.

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  144. Very classy...I know a teacher who would LOVE it!

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  145. fabulous necklaces! i love the wife, mother, runner one! thanks for the chance!

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  146. Beautiful necklaces! I want to know where people come up with these ideas. So creative and fun! I would have a hard time deciding whether to give one to my sons teacher or keep one for me. :)
    MegJill at
    he4rken(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  147. yay! great idea for teacher gifts! love those necklaces:)

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  148. I love these necklaces! They seem to say so much about the person wearing them.

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  149. Those necklaces are great! I'd love to win one.

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  150. I love these! I don't have a teacher to give them to at this point in my life, but I'll have to remember the idea!

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  151. I love those necklaces! What a great idea for teacher gifts!

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  152. Love the necklaces! They are beautiful!

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  153. I love that first one! I've been saying that to myself all week!

    tarapwin @ gmail.com

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  154. Shawni,
    Today is the second day of summer vacation for our kids. I was envisioning relaxing days with them, but it's been a bit crazy. I guess that's what we get with 5 kids and their own schedules. We plan on having fun, though. Hang in there,and then you'll have lots of fun with them throughout the summer!
    Thanks for the give away. The necklaces are cool!
    Tami

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  155. Awesome giveaway! My kids are out of school now but I'd love one of those necklaces!

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  156. This is a great idea. I recently delivered my stillborn little boy, it will be 4 weeks tomorrow and I would LOVE to have a necklace with his name engraved on it. You can read our story at
    http://praisethroughthestorm.blogspot.com/

    Wendy C

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  157. Love it! I think I could use the keep calm and carry on one right about now!

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  158. I love the necklaces and your blog- awesome!!!

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  159. Love this style of necklace! I'd loooove to win

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  160. Love, love, LOVE all of these! So simple, yet gorgeous.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    ~shellbell78

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  161. Pick me! Pick me!! :) Love them.

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  162. I love those necklaces! They are so cute. It would take me awhile to decide what I wanted though, since they are all so cute! :)

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  163. These are really neat. And, as a side note - as a teacher, the handwritten note would move me to tears - it's not the gift, it's knowing you made a difference. Love how you're teaching your children to appreciate.

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  164. my kids aren't in school yet, but i'd love one for myself.
    thanks for the giveaway!
    your family is cute.

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  165. Well, since I am my kids' schoolteacher, I'd love to show appreciation to myself! :)

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  166. Oh I would love to give one of these!

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  167. "Be calm and carry on" may just become my new mantra!

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  168. We have the large teacher count again this year (we have our OT/PT/vision/speech folks in the list, plus some amazing music and art teachers)! But the 5th grade teacher this year really went above and beyond - I'd love to give her something this special.

    christina.dreyer.1@gmail.com

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  169. i've been seeing these stamped necklaces all over and just love them. I love the one w/ the quote you showed.

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  170. So pretty!!! I would love to win one for one of my kids teachers! :)

    supermegs28 at yahoo dot com

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