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Custom Jewelry by North (and a Giveaway)

Hey, when was the last time you found a plutonium nugget in your ferret’s food dish?

OMG – me too!

But anyway, I am totally pee-my-pants excited to show off my new custom-made Nanny Goats in Panties Sterling Silver necklace.

custom silver necklace, lost wax casting

I know!

silver necklace, lost wax casting, jewelry by northMy original idea was to have a simple Twitter handle necklace. But since North (a local silver jewelry designer) can make just about anything, I thought “Hey, what about a goat?” And what about my blog name?

And the next thing you know, I’ve got this rockin’ necklace adorning my neck.

 

They use the old-school process of lost wax casting, so each piece is hand-made, unique, and a piece of art. Like little mini sculptures.

Jewelry by North, lost wax casting, silver necklace

North has her own own designs displayed on their site, or she can custom design something for you.

 

 It Gets Better…

Jewelry by North is letting me give away one of their Trevor Project necklaces – woo hoo!

Jewelry by North, lost wax casting, silver necklace

This necklace was created to honor the youth who have taken their lives due to hate, ignorance and intolerance. The front side reads, “YOU have the RIGHT to be YOURSELF” The reverse side says, “DON’T GIVE UP”.

They are bronze castings and plated in platinum… They sell for $25.00, but I get to give one away for free!

If you’re thinking Christmas gift, or Valentine’s Day gift, or ‘Hey – I want a custom made Twitter handle necklace’ (sans the goat, of course), give ‘em a visit and tell ‘em Nanny Goats in Panties sent ya!

So, you are probably dying to know how to enter the Giveaway already, right? Okay, don’t get your panties in a bundle.

How To Enter the Jewelry by North Trevor Project Necklace Giveaway.

There are 3 ways to enter (and the necklace can only be shipped to anywhere in the U.S.).

1. Leave a comment here saying you would like to win the Trevor Project Necklace. If you don’t mention “Trevor Project” somewhere in your comment, I will assume you are just leaving a comment for little ol’ me to tell me how fabulous my new necklace is and how you wish you had one.

Jewelry by North, lost wax casting, silver necklace

2. “Like” Jewelry by North on Facebook by going to their Facebook page and clicking on the Like button. Then leave a separate and additional comment here saying you did so.

Jewelry by North, lost wax casting, silver necklace

3. Tweet this giveaway. Make sure you have a link to this post and mention @nannygoats as well as @jewelrybynorth. If you need a quick-and-dirty cut-and-paste thingy, you can just copy this:

Holy handmade silver necklaces, Batman! That’s what @nannygoats & @jewelrybynorth are giving away this week. http://is.gd/CvujKQ

Make sure you come back here and leave an additional and separate comment (including the specific Tweet URL [aka Tweet status]). Not sure how to do that? Read my tutorial.

 

Jewelry by North

 
Got that? So if you want 3 entries, you need to leave 3 separate comments. Cuz each one gets a separate number attached to it for the drawing.

A random drawing will held among all valid entries at midnight on Monday, Nov 28, 2011.

Good Luck!

Meanwhile, why not check out Jewelry by North’s website and do some Christmas shopping?

 

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66 Comments

  1. The Jewerly by North is gorgeous. I love the octopus, and have just liked them on FB. I would love to win the “Trevor Project” !

  2. Payton_vege says:

    Amazing write-up! This could aid plenty of people find out more about this particular issue. Are you keen to integrate video clips coupled with these? It would absolutely help out. Your conclusion was spot on and thanks to you; I probably won’t have to describe everything to my pals. I can simply direct them here!

  3. Debby says:

    Ooooh. I want a Trevor necklace. I don’t have a ferret so the chances of me finding a lump of silver in there are pretty much *taps out numbers busily on calculator* Yep! It’s official. My chances of finding a lump of silver in my ferret’s food dish is ZERO!

  4. […] forget to enter my giveaway of a Trevor Project necklace of handmade silver which honors the youth who have taken their lives due to hate, ignorance and […]

  5. This is my official comment to say I want to win the Trevor Project necklace. And here’s a link to my tweet about it: https://twitter.com/#!/GirlwithMoxie/status/141204580275990528 (I think that’s the right link…)

    1. Dude! You have to leave a separate comment for your Tweet entry. It’s so I can properly assign you two entry numbers for the drawing.   So come back here!!!!

  6. I want that trevor project necklace!!! gimme, gimme, gimme! (@stayathomebabe)

  7. Jenjens31 says:

    liked on facebook :)

  8. Jenjens31 says:

    i would love to win the Trevor Project necklace. what a great message!!

  9. OMG your necklace is FABULOUS! How cool is that!

    I love the Travor Project idea also. I’m just sad that we need such a thing in our world :-(

  10. Missy Bentley says:

    I also “liked” Jewelry by North on facebook. What a great find thru your blog!Thank you for sharing!

  11. Missy Bentley says:

    I would LOVE to win the Trevor Project necklace! What a phenomenal idea and a message I need to remind myself of daily.

  12. […] forget to enter my giveaway of a Trevor Project necklace of handmade silver which honors the youth who have taken their lives due to hate, ignorance and […]

  13. Chjrp says:

    Well being a Canuck I can’t get into this draw but having a young gay son I think it’s a great thing to do. Good luck to all those who can enter.

    1. Oh, I’m so sorry you’re not eligible for this one, but thank you for dropping a comment about the cause!

  14. Cheryl says:

    The facebook liking, she has been done.

    1. Please to be having good luck in the drawing!   ;)

  15. Cheryl says:

    Done tweeted that there contest on the twitter: http://tinyurl.com/88kzg82

  16. Cheryl says:

    I’d love to win the Trevor Project necklace for my great niece. (Love that NGIP necklace too).

  17. Suzifailing says:

    i would love to win the trevor project necklace

    suzi f.

  18. Susan S. says:

    I “liked” Jewelry by North on facebook.

  19. Susan S. says:

    Fabulous jewelry…  wearing silver has always been my favorite.  These one of a kind pieces make it even more special.  The Trevor Project is such a worthy cause.  I second Nick’s idea that I would give the necklace to Thomas’ niece.  She sounds like an awesome kid.

  20. cmh512 says:

    “Tweet!”
    https://twitter.com/#!/cmh512/status/139562633186652160.
    Again, many thanks!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  21. cmh512 says:

    I would love to win the Trevor Project handmade necklace…
    Your personalized necklace is fabulous!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  22. Nicky says:

    3. I Tweeted this giveaway on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/weworkforcheese/status/139495507889356800

    and I just read Thomas’ comment and if, by some chance, I win, I want to give the necklace to Thomas’ niece because she is ALSOME!!

    1. That’s perfect, Nick. I just read his story too and wow….just wow. I love that girl.

  23. Nicky says:

    2. I liked Jewelry by North on Facebook.

  24. Nicky says:

    1. I really wanted to win the Trevor Project necklace because, when I grow up, I want to be just like Margaret.

  25. Thomas C. says:

    I love the necklace.  I tweeted and liked on Facebook, but even if I don’t win…well, I’ll buy one, just the same to give to my niece. 

    She’s a great kid.  She’s one of the kindest, most decent people I know.  And she’s only 13.A few years ago, when she was in the fifth grade or so, one of her classmates brought in a stuffed animal for a school project where the kids were supposed to share something that was important to them.  The boy was mocked by his classmates, who thought that it was baby-ish to have an attachment to a stuffed animal.  My niece saw how the kids responded to him, and so, the next day, when it was her turn to share with the class, she brought her “blankie” from when she was little.  She didn’t tell anyone she was doing it.  She didn’t discuss it with her mom beforehand.  In fact, no one knew that she’d done that until the teacher mentioned it weeks later at a parent-teacher conference.  That’s the kind of person she is.Then, just two weeks ago, when I got married (to another dude, no less), she was the most enthusiastic and supportive guest we had at our wedding.  When her (less than supportive) dad suggested that she shouldn’t miss school to travel to New York for a gay wedding, she told him that she wouldn’t miss our wedding for the world. She came, and she read a beautiful passage as part of the ceremony, and I love it that you’re giving away a piece of jewelry that’s so meaningful and important.  And beautiful.Thanks for everything that Nanny Goats and Jewelry by North are doing to make the world a kinder, happier and more loving place.  You guys rock.  Seriously!

    1. Thank you, Thomas! And you almost made me cry with the story about your niece. What a lovely, lovely girl. Her father is lucky (LUCKY!) to have someone so awesome as she is.

    2. Debby says:

      Okay. It’s official. If I win, give the necklace to Thomas’ niece. I know what it’s like to witness truly altruistism coming purely from the heart of a child. Once we went to a outdoor concert. A group of developmentally disabled people were dancing up front. A woman went to their caregiver and demanded that they be made to sit down because they were a distraction. The small crowd objected to her objections. The father of a disabled son got very upset, grabbed his lawn chair and left. After a vigorous debate, the woman relented,  and embarrassed, went back to her seat. No one danced. Although the people were very disabled, they understood enough that no one got back up to dance. My (then) 8 year old daughter, excruciatingly shy, without one word, got up, went up front before the whole crowd, grabbed the hand of one of the people and pulled them back out. She was beet red, but she danced determinedly, and he danced with her. Then another danced. And another. When they were up and dancing once again, my daughter came back and sat with me,  and leaned against my shoulder and cried because everyone was looking at her.

      1. Thomas C. says:

        What a beautiful story.  Thanks so much for sharing.  Your daughter sounds like a really great kid.  You must be incredibly proud of her!

      2. Gosh, Debby. You brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat with that. What an incredible and incredibly moving story. And I thought that kind of stuff only happened in movies.

  26. “Leave a comment here saying you would like to win the Trevor
    Project Necklace…”  Well, I guess I got home just in time!  You see (and I know you use one of those services that picks winners at random from a pool of people so this isn’t an effort to garner favor…), I have been at the University of Michigan hospital for over 4 weeks and totally escaped by the skin of my teeth.  They weren’t going to let me come home because, well, there weren’t any ramps installed at my apartment.  My brother-in-law Kelly built some temporary ones for me but that wasn’t good enough.  Long story short, I had some sort of “fistula” (Google is your friend) problem in my back starting on July 4th which was causing me to have episodes where I couldn’t use my legs at all (more so than what happened 10 years ago in a fall where I landed on a small rock smack dab on my L1 vertebra).  Over time, it got worse and worse.  I started using a cane but soon had a talk with my wife where I said that I thought it best if I not drive or go out by myself.  Anyhoo, they did an angiogram on Sep 29th and basically just explored without doing anything to actually fix me.  They were to do that (via “embolization”) during the next procedure.  My wife and I began calling two weeks later to find out when that would be and were shocked to discover that it was scheduled for Nov. 17th.  No amount of telling them how I was still slowly going down hill would get them to alter the date.  “Scheduling is, um, kind of out of our hands…”  Well, I finally collapsed again for the last time on Oct. 22nd, took an ambulance ride in to the hospital, and, lo and behold, they embolized the next day.  They did a follow up on the following Thursday and finished up a couple of minor spots.  SO……..

    While I’m quite a bit mad at how this all went down (I should have walked out of that hospital…not rolled…any body have any lawyer advice?) I love that Trevor Project necklace by Jewelry by North, what it stands for and the message it conveys.  The people there seem to have good hearts and you can see that through the things they create.

    Take care all and I apologize for the long sad story.  I’m just now getting strong enough (mentally and physically) after being home to tell this tale to the various people I know.  Really, everyone take care and have a wonderful holiday (if you celebrate it) and really take the time to be thankful for whatever it is you have; both small and great.  :)

    1. Bryan – you are more than amazing (as is your wife) for getting through all that. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I’m glad to hear that you are home. I hope you keep getting better – I’m sending big cyber hugs to you and yours. Jewelry by North is run by two married women, North and Sharon, and they are as lovely as lovely can be.

  27. Marydon says:

    I went over & liked the Jewelry by north. OMGolly! What fabulous pieces, slipping back over for more peeks.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  28. Marydon says:

    What a gorgeous necklace & great Trevor Project. My sweet Nezzy sent me over. Your newest follower is ‘me’.
    Happy Thanksgiving ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

    1. Welcome welcome welcome, Marydon! Nezzy is one of my favorite blogging buddies!

  29. Laughingmom says:

    Your necklace and the one for the Trevor Project are awesome! If I don’t win one or even if I do, I think I’ll get one for both of my kids.

    1. You clever girl you, numbering your comments. Well done!

      1. Well, I messed up the last contest so badly, I had to redeem myself!

  30. 2. I also “Liked” Jewelry by North on Facebook

  31. 1. I would like to win the Trevor Project Necklace.

  32. SHUT UP! I LOVE the NGIP necklace! too cool!

  33. Sherri1402 says:

    Love your necklace and the Trevor Project necklace…everyone should have have one!

    1. So THAT’s what it took! LOL!

  34. Katiehippie says:

    I “like” Jewelry by North on facebook!

  35. Katiehippie says:

    The Trevor Project is a great idea.  I really like the NGIP necklace too. 

  36. Pricilla says:

    That is an amazing necklace. I wonder if he could make one that looked just like ME?!
    But the publicist says that he probably would not take apples and grain in payment and besides my poop that is all I have.
    Harumph!

    I don’t suppose he would take AbbyGoat……
    Happy Thanksgiving my goat loving friend!

    1. Oops. You just made me realize I never said North is a “she”. I’ve corrected that. Not your fault. Totally mine. 

      And here’s to someday goat becoming common currency! :)

      1. Pricilla says:

        That is my baaaaad. I should have looked.

        1. oops. I meant “goat poop” becoming common currency. Man, I’m really a ditz today.

          1. Pricilla says:

            In certain parts of the world goat is, indeed currency. Not to mention dowry.
            I would be a most excellent dowry

  37. Nezzy says:

    Holy cow girl…I adore yours.  A Cowpatty  probably wouldn’t make a very pretty necklace but I’d bet the farm a wild~eyed bovine would!  Woohoo!!!

    The Trevor Project necklace project truly touched my heart.  We just can’t support our youngens too much.

    God bless and have a wonderful Thanksgiving sweetie!!! :o)

    1. Thanks, Nezzy! Can you imagine a cow patty necklace? Hee heeee!!!  You have a faboo holiday too!

  38. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas says:

    I love the idea of the Trevor Project necklace.  I have several young people in my life that could use an affirmation like this.  Love the creations of Jewelry by North…quite lovely!

    1. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas says:

      Just liked Jewelry by North on Facebook, too!  And, tweeted!!

  39. Stimey says:

    I just liked them on Facebook. Because I really want to find out how to get a custom gerbil necklace.

  40. Stimey says:

    What a great necklace! I badly want a gerbil one now for Stimeyland. I think the Trevor Project necklace is wonderful. Raising a kid with autism, who I want to know that it is GREAT to be him, I would love to have this reminder. Beautiful!

  41. Terra says:

    You necklace is indeed perfect for you, and very cute.