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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

As promised...

I had some technical difficulties during the past couple of days that prevented me from getting this posted earlier like I promised, but better late than never! Without further ado -

Enter now to win a $100 McFarland Designs gift certificate to celebrate the launch of my new website!!!

Here's how to enter - check out the new site, then leave a comment here on the blog - feedback on the site itself is appreciated, or you can let me know something you like (or don't like) about any of my designs, or make a suggestion for a new design you'd like to see me create.

If you want to enter more than once, you can post about my giveaway and/or my new website on your own website, blog, or on Facebook, Twitter, etc. To register your additional entry, just post another comment with a link to the blog post (or Facebook post, tweet, etc.). You can enter up to five times, provided that each entry after the first includes a link to a legitimate post promoting my work or this contest. (Please, only one post per site, ie, one Facebook post, one Twitter, one blog post, etc.)

A winner will be drawn at random on June 15th. Good luck!

UPDATE - June 4th:
You can register additional entries (still with a maximum of five) by becoming my friend on Facebook or following me on Twitter. After you've done so, come back here and leave additional comments letting me know.


UPDATE - June 15th:
And the winner is... Gabriel J.!!! Congratulations Gabriel, and thanks everyone for participating. I got some great feedback and met some nice new people. This contest is now closed but check back for another in perhaps a couple of months.

238 comments:

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Anonymous said...

I love the site. But it's kind of odd that when you click on an item it opens in a new page.

Thanks for the great giveaway!
whitng10@yahoo.com

Olivia said...

well, this is exciting! I have been checking out your work looking for crafters who make jewelry from recycled materials on etsy. the website looks great and so do those coloful rings on the home page. I am happy to share on over on my facebook page. off to do so :)

girl least likely to said...

i love the new site, and the new stuff you've been doing with the fair-trade stones. a simple fair-trade sapphire on a silver band is like my dream ring right now. keep up the beautiful work!

MaruMaru said...

Entry #2: I just twittered about your giveaway!

http://www.twitter.com/marumarudesigns

MaruMaru said...

Entry #1: Wow! Beautiful items, just my style! I love how your new site is easy to navigate and even has a contact form. There's no clutter and it's easy to see where everything is. I love it :)

marumaru88@hotmail.com

throuthehaze said...

the site looks great and i absolutely love your jewelry (especially the Chunky Fair Trade Nevada Variscite and Recycled Sterling Silver Ring)! My bday is comin up and I would love one of your pieces!

moonshadow43 said...

I love the wedding rings that you have mixed sterling silver with gold they are so simple but are classy and unique.

moonshadow43@gmail.com

Carapace said...

Commentary!

Now, I have dialup, so all site performance issues here are coming from someone on 46.6 kbps on a good day. But I'm not the only one, so maybe it's still useful?

First, I can't really use Flickr, because of load time, so your Flickr gallery doesn't do me much good. Your Etsy link is the one I went to, and I was very glad to see it. If I was going to buy a ring on impulse, I'd get it from the Etsy shop for sure; I can't quite figure out HOW to buy from your new site. Is it just for contacting you and having discussions? If your Etsy site is going to be the ordering site, maybe have a link to it directly on the front page, or a "shop" header.

I like your profile info--part of the reason I buy handmade is the very sort of ethical issues you address, and I do think it's worth a premium to know that my goodies are doing the least harm. Good info!

I love seeing the Fordite in your work- that stuff is so cool!

Great giveaway, too-- hope you get a lot of attention!
carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Cmking196 said...

Love the site - east to navigate! Besides the easy tabs to get to your Etsy store, I appreciate the recipe blog tab! Yummy spinach salad :-) thinking new wedding band is in my future!

Anonymous said...

You make wonderful jewellery, and new website looks really great!
I love those solitaire type of rings you make, they are gorgeous! :)
- Johanna from Finland

Olivia said...

I agree with carapace - there is a lot of really great info on the site - about the world of ethical jewelry making, vegan life etc.. and you can't beat good eats! i really like that it is educational but also sort of a "slice of life". it makes the idea of wearing a special piece of jewelry have all that much more meaning.

incidently... posted about you over on facebook but my profile is private, so only friends can see. hope it gets you traffic none the less!

Olivia

Mia said...

Really adorable site, sweetie!! So pretty jewelry:) Cora Earrings - Vintage Rhinestone Buttons and Swarovski Pearls -those are my fave!!! All the best:)

tatertot374 said...

I really like the simplicity of it. I love that when you click on a picture it takes you to a seperate page so I can still look at other rings without hitting my back button. Thank you for the chance
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

rbailey1958 said...

Love the fair trade upcycled reversible Fordite & sterling silver pendant
pkbailey@charter.net

Jadd said...

I honestly think you make some awesome jewelry and the design of the site looks awesome. Really easy to navigate as far as finding stuff, but I'm not a fan of the pop-up window when you click on different jewelry. Have it come up on the same window, or if at least have it open a new tab. Other than that, it's reeks of awesomeness!!

Anonymous said...

I don't love the new site, but that's just because I'm such a creature of habit...just need some getting use to it. But, I so love your stuff.

Heidi Busch, buschhei@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm linking your page on my facebook page...I've done it many times before too just to share your awesome creations and wonderful blog.

Heidi Busch

Vicky said...

I like your rings. Simple designs tend to make a big enough statement when a product is well made. Great work~

Verging on 40 said...

My goodness, your jewelry is exquisite! The new site is very nice also. Clean and fresh and not cluttered. I like it a lot!

Hil'Lesha said...

I find nothing wrong with it. I love it! :)

Courtney said...

i love it. The jewelry is very nice and your site is very easy to move around. There is nothing confusing about it!

Anonymous said...

Very lovely work. I love the use of fair trade stones and recycled material! I especially like the tri stone pieces and some of the rings with patterns on the outside. I plan on dropping a line soon for something special for someone special, and feel very excited to have found you.

Marc Jones, skunklionshow@yahoo.com

Sunnyvale said...

Very pretty rings and I have no suggestions, not very creative when it comes to jewelry.

Nova said...

I much prefer your style to the big clunky jewelry you see elsewhere.

Crown the Queen said...

i love your stuff - but i didn't see a cross in any of your items. I tried using your search tool as well. Thanks :-)

Crown the Queen said...

tweet tweet

http://twitter.com/crownthequeen/status/2023543009

llinda29 said...

Your designs are creative and quality

Jose said...

We need more companys in the world today that produce products with such consideration.

Anonymous said...

Awesome site!! I love the design, feel, and look of it. Very professional, yet welcoming :)

from orchidstripe555 on etsy

hepkitten said...

Links opening up in new windows is *definitely* a good thing. As far as photos of previous work, I'm glad that you've got links to such generous assortments of work...but it's a little overwhelming. I know that this could be a lot of work, but would it be possible to have a small assortment of items viewable directly on the site, preferably broken down into categories?

hepkitten said...

And here's my Twitter, where I just posted about the site! https://twitter.com/hepkittenatplay

Anonymous said...

I love the website and all of your jewelry it is on my wish list to have one of your rings.
lsariamay@yahoo.com

Lacey said...

Beautiful pieces! and I LOVE that when you click an item you get a new window. YAY!

lacejaxon@hotmail.com

Melissa M (Lagaz) said...

First your site: It's easy to navigate, everything clearly marked. Simple and elegant which is a reflection of your designs. Great Job!

Second your Jewelry: I love all your designs, and the fact that you use recycled silver. It really adds to the uniqueness of your jewelry. I love the classic lines, these will definitely never go out of style, added with the slight raw look of handmade, they're gorgeous.

If I got to pick something from your jewelry, I would definitley go for the Mossianite rings. The sparkle and simplicity *sigh* I just can't get over them :) You do a great job :)

Abby said...

The site looks very fresh and chic but one question how do you go about buying/shopping for items off the site?

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

Mei (WireBlissMei) said...

I like the design of your new website. The site looks looks clean, easy to navigate and most important of all, fast to load.

sabrita said...

I am so impressed with the beauty of your jewelry. The Fair Trade stones and recycled metal is something I have not seen before. I hope more jewelry makers will follow suit. Also your philantropic efforts that are tied into the sales of your work is so admirable. Kuddos to you and the high ethical standards you have incorporated into your art and business.
sabrita@juno.com

Abigail said...

I think it would look nice to use more photos on your site. Your designs are gorgeous, and I think they don't get enough press. On the first page, I would make that static image a rotating image of a variety of designs, maybe 7-10 images to fade in and out, that way, just on the first page, you have multiple samples up to wow people with. Like on this page (http://www.stuartbenjamin.com/featured-jewelry-designers.html), soo how the images rotate. Something like that would promote your work well.
<3

btw I love your designs!!! *fingers crossed*

Lynda B. said...

This is the first time I have looked at your site and your jewelry is beautiful -- I definitely will be back when I have some cash because I would love to wear one (or more) of your pieces!

lynda@feudtner.net

Catherine said...

Congratulations!

I love the clean design and the interesting information in the "about" section.

My only suggestion would be to add a button that takes you directly to the Etsy shop. I did find it in your gallery section, but I'm the type of browser that doesn't like to search for that kind of thing.

:)

Lilly said...

I love everything!!! Gorgeous! My favorite is the Sterling silver & aqua chalcedony necklace.
Thanks a lot!

Hana said...

Love your jewelry! You do such beautiful work! I love the Sterling silver, chalcedony, swarovski pearl, apatite, & labradorite earrings! They are stunnung! The Vegan Brides Necklace is also gorgoues and I'd LOVE to own that Starfish necklace! Simple, Beautiful, Perfect!! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! Your shop is awesome! I'm crossing my fingers hoping to win this one! Thanks for the chance!!

luvmybabyblue@yahoo.com

Amber said...

I just love that you use sustainable materials and my favorite item of yours is the Padparadscha Sapphire and Recycled 14k White and Yellow Gold Ring, size 6 because it is gorgeous and just my size!!

Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Aik said...

I love the Moissanite, Recycled 14k Gold, and Recycled Sterling Silver Wedding Ring! It's so gorgeous! Your new website looks great too!

aikychien@yahoo.com

Aik said...

My second tweet:

http://twitter.com/aikychien/status/2029626054

Aik said...

My third tweet:

http://twitter.com/aikychien/status/2029628042

Aik said...

My fourth tweet:

http://twitter.com/aikychien/status/2029630189

Aik said...

My fifth and last tweet!

http://twitter.com/aikychien/status/2029632891

aikychien@yahoo.com

StudioCherie said...

Tamara,
I think your site is easy to navigate. I explored your Etsy site and was impressed with the photos. My husband and I had custom rings designed for our engagement and wedding rings using recycled gold and stones in a style very similar to yours, so all of your work naturally appeals to me.
The about me page is very interesting as you describe your philosophy and take the time to explain lab-made stones. You have me convinced that you are doing everything right!
The one suggestion I have that would improve your site is for you to also tell the story of how you learned your art. The woman who designed our rings was apprentice to a very old jewelry maker and inherited his business when he was too old to work any longer. When people are spending the kind of money they do on wedding sets, I would think knowing about your education would be important as well.
That being said, I still hope I win the $100 gift certificate.
Warm Regards,
Cherie at studiocherie dot com

Erin said...

Really pretty. I love your rings. The color scheme of your site is very calming and pleasant.
erin_melissa at juno dot com

Tickleworm said...

I love the new site, and your blog! And that super cutie, mc cutie dog! Bruno! What a sweetie.
rachelherzog@bellsouth.net

Tickleworm said...

I am following on twitter!
rachelherzog@bellsouth.net

Cherry Blossoms said...

I really really like your website. Super easy to navigate and I love the colors you have used! The only thing I would change is to include more pictures of your items in the gallery! I would like to see more of your work!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Nichola said...

It would have been nice to have SHOP as one of the main buttons at the top. I like all of the rings, wish there were more that we a little less expensive.

Laura said...

I love your designs and the variety of stones that you use. Everything is so much more unique than what you would find at a jewelry store. I especially like the work you've done with the less common stones like Alexandrite and Zultanite.

Melissa said...

I love your Fair Trade California Pink Tourmaline and Recycled Rose Gold Ring - pink and gold together is just so beautiful!

On your site - I actually like that when you click on something it opens in another tab - it's easy to get lost otherwise :)

thanks for a chance to win!
JanuaryWish@Verizon.net

Melissa said...

Added you on facebook #5

JuliaA said...

the site looks well-designed. my boyfriend is a web designer, so i notice that kind of thing. :)

JuliaA said...

i followed you on twitter (juulia)

Ana Simona said...

Facebook friends! forever!:)

mercurythoughts@yahoo.com

Ana Simona said...

I like the clean design of the site, but just one little bug seems to show up on Firefox (on a Mac). On your about page quotation marks aren't read properly and they show up as question marks. I don't know if it shows up all the time for other people though.

mercurythoughts@yahoo.com

Ana Simona said...

More comments: Just noticed that not all the fair trade gemstone images load. Also, it would be nice if you had a link to your etsy store directly in the main bar, and some small banners or images you would want people to use in blog posts about your work. I used your main banner, hope that's okay:)

http://anasimona.blogspot.com/2009/06/if-you-like-fair-trade-jewelry-and.html

Ana (mercurythoughts@yahoo.com)

Ana Simona said...

and for better chances....:) a facebook post about the new site.

I hope this helps bring you lots of new customers. Good luck (also to all fellow commenters:)


AnaSimona (mercurythoughts@yahoo.com)

balanced. said...

I think the new site is fabulous dahhling! You do such beautiful work!

susan said...

I like the About Me page as it has really good explanations and a way for people to get in touch with you ~ that's nice!

susan said...

Tweeted ~ http://twitter.com/susanlanai/status/2033175471

susan said...

I tweeted. http://twitter.com/susanlanai/status/2033175471

susan said...

I requested to be a friend on Facebook (Susan Chew).

susan said...

I follow on twitter @susanlanai.

susan said...

I posted on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=109361947232&h=-dNNV&u=NtstB&ref=nf

Cabootique said...

The new website is great. Very clean & easy to navigate. I must say I've become obsessed with all of your items!

carethediva[at]hotmail[dot]com

Alejandra said...

Beautiful rings! They are my favorite piece of jewelry ever! The site look great, I love the swirly thingie on the corner...
etsythingies at ymail DOT com

Alejandra said...

I'm following you on facebook :D

etsythingies at ymail DOT com

Alejandra said...

and Twitter.

etsythingies at ymail DOT com

Anonymous said...

awesome!
cindys4682@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

awesome!
cindys4682@hotmail.com

bFlat said...

I love all of your jewelry but my favorite is the Moissanite and Recycled Sterling Silver Solitaire Ring! Congrats on the new site!

lensimpressions AT gmail DOT com

MaruMaru said...

I added you on facebook! :)

marumaru88@hotmail.com

Wehaf said...

I like the site. But on the gallery page, instead of just a note that you do custom work, with a link, I would put a flickr gallery of custom work - then for each piece you can note what the client wanted, how you incorporated that, etc. A process-oriented description will always make customer feel better about ordering custom pieces.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Mr. Bean said...

The webdesign is pretty simple (in a good way)

tmmylm at gmail

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the fairtrade upcycle necklace.

Mel
mkjacquot@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love the fairtrade upcycle necklace.

Mel
mkjacquot@gmail.com

HODGEPODGESPV said...

having never visited your blog before, i can only comment on what i see now. i like your site. it is easy to navigate. i like that i get an initial look at your jewelry before i even get to your etsy site.

the site i clean and easy to read.

the jewelry on you site is beautiful. while i can fully appreciate it's beauty, it is way outside my price range as i am on a fixed income. but those who can afford it should really appreciate it's beauty. keep up your work in etsy and your blog. you are doing a good job on both!

mmentor said...

sign me up

Raine said...

Your new website is cool. I like the fair trade items!
rainehicks@gmail.com

Raine said...

I tweeted about you! http://twitter.com/rainehicks
rainehicks@gmail.com

Spamgirl said...

realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

I think you should make the twitter link more prominent - on my screen I could barely read it - maybe with a little twitter logo.

The flickr badges don't work for me. They were blank.

Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

Tweeted! :) http://twitter.com/antispamgirl/status/2034210722

Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

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I faved you on Technorati - Spamgirl. Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

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I faved you on StumbleUpon - Spamgirl. Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

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陳加昀 said...

I love how not only do you make beautiful rings (and other jewelry of course!), you also use fair trade stones. Double win. I hope you start making earrings again, that's the only qualm I found with your shop.

atomic[.]unicorn[@]gmail[.]com

Angie said...

I really like the Starfish Necklace!

ravenwins @ comporium.net

I'm Julia said...

Hi Tamara! I love that you're so passionate... your heart is so kind. Immediately fell in love with Bruno of course, what a love!

Great site, very clean & easy to navigate. If anything needs tweaking, it got past me. I wouldn't change a thing.

Funny thing, I was in a jewelry store today (chain that shall remain nameless, starts with a J) & was looking at their citrine rings. Didn't hold a candle to yours. "Magical" is a perfect description.

I'm a water lover, so aqua chalcedony speaks loudly to me. But my fav is the little citrine ring. The way you layered the band really sets off the stone. My eye is scrutinizing it because of my close encounter with a one today that paled in comparison.

Gorgeous, gorgeous work. Not just your jewelry. Your life too.

I'm Julia said...

By the way, thank you for the link to Compassion Without Borders. I've added them to my Links List.

crystal said...

Everything is so pretty and i think that it is great that you use Fair Trade Stones!! I think that the Fair Trade, Upcycled Fordite and Sterling Silver Ring is my favorite;)
cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

Bella said...

I absolutely love your designs! I always loved the look of ancient jewelery - such has hammered bands. I think it's so cool how that look is becoming in style now - to me it looks so regal, but in a cool way.

My favorite thing on your site is the picture of all the rings stacked together on the twig.

rachelDOTnDOTstephensATgmailDOTcom

Bella said...

I also added you as a friend on Facebook!

siina*k said...

Love your new site! <3 I think you're really pro making wedding rings etc.! :)

Vanessa said...

I love your new website, especially the "about" section! I love how environmentally friendly you are!

designsvanessa@gmail.com

Vanessa said...

I'm now following you on twitter :)

designsvanessa@gmail.com

Erika*Coffee said...

Maybe it would help if you had some slideshows instead of sending people to other places

your work is great. i bookmarked the page to keep in mind for future engagement/wedding rings

:)

JULIE said...

I like your jewelry, but I really liked the about page...where you explained a bit about yourself and your practice of ethics in where your gems come from.

Alicia said...

I love your new site. It is very easy to navigate and your pictures are very clear and show lots of detail.. You make gorgeous jewelry. I can tell you put a lot of heart into your work. :-)

ANNE MARIE said...

What a great site - and what awesome jewellery!
I think its great that you work with fair trade stones - alot of people dont consider where their jewellery comes from.

dulcissomnium at myway dot com

Pam said...

Love this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25106603

I couldn't view any of your pieces on your new website.

melacan at hotmail dot com

Naddez said...

I'm impressed with your designs! Your jewelry are beautiful!

Your site is beautiful! However, if you could add network buttons to your blog, such as Stumbleupon, Digg, Technorati, etc.., I would be convenient for the customers and bloggers.
sam94son05(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Naddez said...

Follow on Twitter- Naddez.
sam94son05@sbcglobal.net

Naddez said...

Friended your Facebook site. (QD)
sam94son05@sbcglobal.net

Kristen said...

I love your jewelry and what you stand for! Justin and I are really excited to be getting our engagement/wedding bands from you!!!!

Kristen said...

I love your jewelry and what you stand for! Justin and I are really excited to be getting our engagement/wedding bands from you!!!

animalpress said...

I have always admired your creations and what you do. I have no comments on the site really, other than I like the layout and I love the about page.

Thanks for all that you do!

animalpress said...

Ta da! I just shared your link on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/profile.php?id=507236829&ref=profile

I'm already your friend on there, so I don't know if that counts as another entry or not. No worries.

Good luck, everyone!

Anonymous said...

I love the Moissanite and Recycled Sterling Silver Ring.

LY
sweety_rylin AT hotmail DOT com

Celeste said...

Wow! You are so generous offering this giveaway! :) I LOVE your designs and have been a fan for a while! Your new site is great! It has such a great easy-to-navigate layout! :)

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

hepkitten said...

I am now following you on Twitter (hepkittenatplay) and have friended you on Facebook (I'm the Heather who JUST friended you as of the writing of this message). Thanks!

rosie said...

Great prize, Good luck to everyone

Alicia said...

I love the Moissanite and Recycled 14k White Gold Ring. Just Beautiful!

aliciamnieto at yahoo dot com

Thanks!

agordon10 said...

your jewelery is great

spearmint baby said...

the site looks great! what a great contest :) beautiful work!!
spearmintbaby@gmail.com

spearmint baby said...

following on twitter
spearmintbaby@gmail.com
spearmintbaby.com

spearmint baby said...

friended you on facey!
spearmintbaby@gmail.com
spearmintbaby.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Tamara! Congratulations on your new website & on growing your business! As a loyal customer and long-time admirer of your work & work ethics, it's so nice to see all the love you've been getting on this blog :)

I love the front page image (cluster of gorgeous rings on wood), but I agree with Abigail, and I feel like your creative versatility & breadth of work could be really shown off with more photos on the homepage. If you don't like her idea of rotating a single image, I wanted to suggest that you consider keeping the current photo, and adding a band of 4-6 images along the top that would fade in & out & randomly rotate.

Also, this may involve too much work, but for those custom-order customers who are budget-conscious, would you consider having Flickr subsets by price ranges?

Thanks so much again for all that you are and for all that you do! You are an inspiration. Plus, your jewelry ROCKS!

Best wishes,
Ellie L. from Los Angeles

Anonymous said...

wow, great contest

Samantha said...

I think it would be cool if you had a page with a few pictures of the actual stones you have at that moment. It might make people fall in love with a certain stone. I like it when you post new ones on the blog but a special page just for that would be great.
Just an idea and some feedback. I like the rest of the site. A lot of helpful information.

samgirl8@hotmail.com

Smooshy said...

oh gorgeous! and i never even thought about creating recycled jewelry! what an awesome idea!

Marianna said...

I think the site is very nicely designed! I love the simple graphics and colors. Very classy. I'd love to see a link directly to your Etsy shop in the header/title bar (is that what it's called?) at the top.

Erica C. said...

Beautiful website and stunning jewelry! I would love to see more rose gold. I think it would look great with a padparadscha sapphire. I love that you use fair trade stones and recycled metals. And you are an inspiration to all of us who dabble in veganism but can't quite commit 100%!

Erica C. said...

Entry #2 -- I just friended you on Facebook. The vegan recipes look great! I will have to try those ginger lime cookies!

Kathy Martin Studio said...

Wow! Your work is amazing. I love the Fiery Ruby and Recycled Ring. Soooo pretty!

Kathy

kathymartinstudio@yahoo.com

marlene heuer said...

the site looks lovely. it might be nice to post some large images on the gallery page instead of only using the links to etsy and flickr. beautiful work!

cstironkat said...

It loaded quickly and was easy find what I was looking for. Good luck with your new design.

bridget3420 said...

I really want these:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7951878@N07/809817386/in/set-72157600315601006/

bridget3420 said...

Blogged about this giveaway:

http://freebies4meandu.blogspot.com/2009/06/mcfarland-designs-giveaway.html

bridget3420 said...

Shared on facebook

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1084897775&ref=profile

bridget3420 said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/bridget3420/status/2099922046

bridget3420 said...

Posted on my Myspace blog

http://www.myspace.com/bridgetlaprairie

janil said...

Yor web is perfect and I love your designs. I love you donate part of your benefits too.

Thanks for the chance!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Anonymous said...

The new site and your designs are beautiful.

My big suggestion is that you could think about organizing some of the decisions people need to make when thinking about engagement, wedding, and other commitment rings. As someone who didn't know anything about rings until I really got into this looking-for-an-ethical ring thing a few months ago, I had no idea how many different choices needed to be made and was a bit overwhelmed at first (far before I ever stumbled across your lovely designs).

A page on your site that talked about issues and options with metal type (sterling, gold, colors of gold, pricing, the downsides and upsides of each), width of rings, ring sizing (how to go get sized or how to size yourself), and different general designs you've done (plain band, multi-metal band, 1 gem in the middle, 1 gem off-center, 1 gem surrounded by 2 other gems where the 2 are flat in the band, 3 gems all popped out with a skinnier band, etc.) could be helpful for newbies. You've done this with your gem options on your new site and I found that really helpful (especially since I could go check out more about the suppliers), but I had to go to other websites (or ask you over email) for some other information.

That's my big suggestion. It looks great though, and I'll be recommending you to any of my friends if they ever decide to get engaged ;)

authoyre@hotmail.com

Rachel B said...

The site looks great! Nice that you can get to etsy & the blog right from there...only one site to remember.

Your designs are beautiful...even more so since they are earth friendly.

rachel.bair@yahoo.com

Becka said...

I just recently found your shop on Etsy and I absolutely LOVE your jewelry! I love that you use all fair-trade/recycled materials. Someday, when I get married, I'm keeping you in mind...:)

Tina12312 said...

Everything is so gorgeous and I love your Fiery Ruby and Recycled 14k Gold Ring. I'd love to see more in sterling silver, with smaller stones also. Thank you!

Tina12312 said...

I added as a friend on Facebook.

Tina12312 said...

I'm following you on Twitter.

thank you!

Linda said...

I have been drooling over your rings for months now, after looking all over etsy for people using recycled materials. I love your designs and your philosophies, and it's my dream to receive one of your creations as an engagement ring. Unfortunately, my bf will never buy online, so I'm left to my own devices :( Would love to win the $100 and make a purchase!

Linda said...

Entry #2: Added you as a friend on Facebook!

Linda said...

Entry #3 -- added a note about your site on FB. Hope this works -- http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&&suggest&note_id=95184031989#/note.php?note_id=95184031989 (I don't know why it's so long).

I also wanted to add that I agree with the person who suggested you put more photos of your work up on the website. When I am at work, I can't view Flickr at all, so your website is strangely lacking in visual examples for me. Otherwise, I love the site!

Elsie said...

With just one look at your site, I am very interested and impressed... you are a caring person, a charming lady and a talented artist!

Thanks for the great site, your brightness and that of your jewelry also, shines through!!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

ewalsh said...

I love your jewelry. But the one thing about the site that I noticed was that when you clicked on the jewelry, and went to the next page, no prices were shown.

I know for me that's a problem, because once I've decided that I like something, the next thing I want to do is check the price, to see if I like it that much. LOL

Thanks for the chance to win!

ewalsh said...

Requested to be a friend on Facebook.

ewalsh said...

Following on Twitter under ewalsh1

sarsosari said...

I love the Fair Trade Nyala Ruby and Recycled Sterling Silver Ring. Your site is great!!

sarsosariATgmailDOTcom

sarsosari said...

I added you as a facebook fan!!

sarsosariATgmailDOTcom

Tylerpants said...

Great site, very easy to navigate. I love how you use 100% recycled Harmony Metals and fair trade stones. Makes your jewelry even more beautiful!

msrodeobrat said...

i love you website! its easy to use and everything looks so beautiful! I also LOVE that you use recycled and fair trade materials.. thats really important to me

Ludmilochka said...

i love the new site, it has many items!

karaannisjewelry said...

Nice website! How exciting! The website is looking good! I love your rings!

dbemis said...

Tamara, I applaud your initiatives with keeping jewelry-making ethical! I have learned a lot from you, and thank you for the work you have done in this arena. YOUR METALSMITHING WORK IS STELLAR!! Best wishes from Diane @ Adesso Jewelry (Etsy).

Ken said...

Your new site is well designed and the rings delight. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Mimi the kitten said...

There is so much to love - I adore that you use fairly-traded stones and recycled metal, and you truly have an amazing eye for unique and exciting colors. I adore the Sterling silver & aqua chalcedony necklace.

Bailey Aldrich said...

Wow, I'm a little discouraged by how many people have entered this contest, but I wanted to comment anyway! (and besides, you deserve the attention, so I can't begrudge you that :-) )

I found you on Etsy, browsing for a ring for my girlfriend. I knew immediately that when the time comes for us to tie the knot, I will be coming to you for the rings. Simple and beautiful designs only made more amazing by the lack of cruelty to both the earth and our fellow humankind.

However! Yet a bigger surprise awaited me, for when I saw your new site and read that you support marriage equality, I almost cried. We have been bloodied by the recent events, but we aren't giving up. I am deeply grateful to everyone out there who supports our love, and I choose to support them in return.

Thank you so much for your love and support, and your beautiful, ethical work. I hope to see you soon.

--
Bailey Aldrich
baileyaldrich(at)gmail.com

PS. I am following you on Twitter as baileythepirate and have friended you on Facebook. I can't wait to see the prize!

lilacpop said...

I love love love this ring! You do beautiful work!!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24447128

Contact me at:
jannabissett at yahoo dot com
http://lilacpopphotography.etsy.com

char said...

i love the design of the site- however the flashing of the pictures is great, but what if there was a button to go back and forth, because i saw a ring i wanted to look at some more, but i didnt wanna wait till the start again. haha, otherwise, great website!

charlottexwhoa@aol.com

Caro said...

I like that you stuck with a theme that works--this one.

fishercl at email dot unc dot edu

Colleen said...

I just love the idea of using fair trade stones for your jewelry. thank you.

colleenyamamoto(at)yahoo.com

trixpixel said...

I love your beautiful jewelry. Your website is great & I enjoyed browsing through your Etsy store!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I like the Fordite Gold and Silver Sterling Necklace! Thanks for the chance to win the very generous gift certificate and congratulations on your new site!

germangirl said...

Please include some earrings on your Etsy site. I wear earrings more than any other type of jewelry.

vboackle said...

i like the Moissanite Solitaire Ring with Recycled 14k Rose and White Gold .

erma said...

I love the new site, and the new stuff.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

etrnlone said...

beautiful craftmanship. i like the Fair Trade, Upcycled Fordite and Sterling Silver Ring, it's unusual and pretty

Andrea said...

Omigosh...the designs on some of those rings are absolutely gorgeous! I prefer when clicking on a new link that it DOESN'T open a new window otherwise nice lookin' website!

heaventrees said...

The Fair Trade Nyala Ruby and Recycled Sterling Silver Ring is beautiful and feminine with the floral design of the band. I would love to wear that "everyday".

cindiizzy said...

This site is awesome and there is so many gorgeous pieces of jewelry.

mercsmercado at yahoo dot com

ky2here said...

I like the product but the website itself is a bit cumbersome. When I open too many windows they go into a stacking tray and it's inconvenient.

Em said...

Your little gemstone rings are GORGEOUS...simple and colorful and perfect for everyday :)

emmajo317@yahoo.com

lezanac said...

Love the website but it would be great if you could have the names of the items scrolling along with the pictures lezanac@yahoo.com

Gabriel J. said...

I like the Moissanite and Recycled Sterling Silver Solitaire Ring.

LittleEagle said...

I like the new site and I am glad to see that you are trying earrings as well.

sassmama said...

I love the Fordite necklace. I had no idea you could make something that beautiful out of old car paint!

Great website, it has a very clean and crisp feel to it.

Awesome jewelry!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

susan1215 said...

I liked the earrings. I couldn't find any prices.

PurrPrints said...

The pale pink elliptical shaped tourmaline ring was my fave in your gallery--as far as the site design, it looks quite nice--my only suggestion (and it's a small one) is that clicking on the pictures on your home page would take you to the gallery, and that the gallery page wouldn't move but instead be a collection of thumbnails since the home page gallery moves. But neither of these detracted from the site for me.

PurrPrints said...

Oh I also tweeted your giveaway--you can see it on my page at http://twitter.com/purrprints

Anonymous said...

loved it!!! and also would love the oportunity!!!

xavinenish@gmail.com

SeahorseLady said...

You did a great job on your new site. I like the look and ease of viewing your beautiful work.
I have my eye on your gorgeous green tourmaline ring.
I was also pleased to see that you give a percentage of your sales to Safe Passage. I love it when artists give back.
Thank you for the great chance.

Meet the Browns said...

I like the Grape Garnet Silver ring!

Katie
showbizkp[at]gmail[dot]com

ktanjatk said...

I love your site and your designs!

I love your rings, especially the Fair Trade Black Spinel and Recycled Palladium Sterling Silver Ring.

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

following on twitter
@ktanjatk

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

Auriette said...

The first place I went was the gallery, but the slideshow timing seemed off. Sometimes it would allow a few seconds to look at the piece and sometimes it would jump very quickly to the next piece. I'm using Firefox, so I don't know if that's why it acts that way.

Next I went to your Etsy page and looked at all the goodies. I'm not much for rings, but I love the Luscious California Pink Tourmaline Pendant, Recycled Sterling Silver.

ktanjatk said...

tweeted:
http://twitter.com/ktanjatk/status/2173671252

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Love the new site, its very easy to navigate and looks very professional. Your designs are absolutely gorgeous!
Thanks for the giveaway!

luckymegs1981 AT yahoo DOT com

Deadmonkeys90 said...

I love your site! Everything is so origional. I have never seen such exquisite pieces :D Must bookmark.
deadmonkeys90@yahoo.com

crystalf said...

I love your jewelry! It's beautiful. I think an Etsy site would be easier to navigate but I know nothing about this stuff. lol I would also make sure each piece has a price to make it a little easier on you and the customer.

Thank you!

Gianna said...

I love the Fiery Ruby and Recycled Ring :)

dvice said...

I like the gallery, great pictures and clarity

joannaonthelake said...

Your jewelry designs are exquisite! Your new website is fantastic. Visually, it is simple, elegant, classy, and very easy to read and navigate around. All the links are working, it is not cluttered with any useless information and I enjoyed visiting there very much! My favorite item at your Etsy Shop is the Fordite and Recycled Sterling Silver Ring, Size 6.25, it is so unique and very chic in design. I love the idea of wearing recycled silver, when I can support who utilized recycled materials and fair trade stones and embellishments I am always pleased to do so. Thanks so much for the chance to enter.
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

I Twittered about your giveaway with a link to here

http://twitter.com/joannaonthelake/status/2177264454

joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

I am now following you on twitter, my username is joannaonthelake

joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

I have added you as a friend on facebook, my username is Joanna Smith

joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

I posted about this giveaway on facebook, my username is Joanna Smith and here's the link

http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=535152687&share_id=90175351228&comments=1&ref=nf#s90175351228

joannaonthelake@gmail.com

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