Tuesday, June 4, 2013

In the Michigan Studio with breathingmoment and a Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED.



I have written before about the Facebook artist group I became involved with last year.  It’s such a great group of women (well, we did let a few boys into the clubhouse!).  I enjoy spending time with them and I like to tease the younger members that they wear me out just reading about their seemingly constant movement and various activities.  

One of those younger members is my interview subject today.  This vibrant, friendly, multi-talented woman accomplishes so much that I’m convinced she has somehow found another 5-6 hours a day that the rest of us don’t have!  She is managing to maintain her jewelry business while simultaneously holding down a day job AND graduating from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism! 

Did I mention she also has a great sense of humor?


So ready or not, here she comes!!

Your name: Jennifer Michelle Cline
Your blog: My jewelry blog is: breathingmoment.com/blog
The blog I write for my day job is technology-related: core3solutions.com/web/blog
Your website: breathingmoment.com
Your Facebook page: facebook.com/breathingmoment      
Your Twitter page: Personal: @breathingmoment  and jewelry: @bmjewelry
Other: My jewelry is also available at Michigan Artisans in Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan

FK: Well, that’s a long enough list to keep you busy!  Let’s start with something easy – where in Michigan do you live? And did you grow up there or somewhere else?


I currently live in Ferndale and I absolutely love the vibe of this city. I grew up about five miles away from here and as an adult decided that Ferndale was the perfect place for me. It has a small-town feel that makes it easy to meet many friendly folks. I adore the array of ma and pa shops located in downtown Ferndale. The city’s slogan is “Fabulous Ferndale,” and represents a welcoming community that doesn’t judge anyone for anything, no matter your gender, culture, sexual preference, hobbies or taste.  Ferndale is a loving place with tons of great art, events and people. One of the landmark events is DIY Street Fair, which takes place every September, and exhibits live music, handmade goodies, food and adult beverages. Last year, the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority also initiated the ARTWN project, which installed 11 pieces of artwork throughout the community. It’s just a great place with some terrific people!


FK: Ferndale is all that you say it is, Jennifer.  Such a great little city.  Tell me about your art education.  Formal education, or are you self-taught?

When I was really young, my parents bought my sister and I Rose Art bead sets. They had to buy us new ones each year, because I would use up all of the beads and lose the stuff I made. The sets came with easy tutorials to make cutesy items. Then as I got older, my parents upgraded us to embroidery floss and we learned friendship bracelets with books and simply playing around with the string. Then when I was in high school, my mom asked if I had any interest in intermediate wire working classes being offered in Royal Oak. I jumped at the opportunity and have been relatively serious about expanding my techniques since then. I do a lot of experimenting to work out my designs nowadays.  If I can’t figure out how to do something, I usually watch a YouTube video for some guidance. 

FK: What about your etsy shop? What inspired you to open a shop and when did you get it started? By the way, I LOVE the titles you give your pieces.

Thank you. At one point, I realized if I was going to continue making jewelry, I couldn’t just hoard the majority of it in bags that I’d tuck away in my craft supplies. About two years ago, I invested in some supplies with the hope to open an etsy shop. I spent last summer making tons of items, photographing each piece and setting the shop up. I hope to eventually open an e-commerce website. Etsy is great because it connects you with artists you wouldn’t otherwise meet, but I see a lot of potential in developing my website more so I’d love to do both. 

A lot of my jewelry is inspired from steampunk, nature and vintage items. ‘breathingmoment’ means finding those small, simple things in life that just give you a moment to stand back and breath: natural elements, like trees, owls and flowers as well as antique simplicities from the past such as vials. Life gets really busy sometimes, and I try to make sure I find time for uncomplicated stuff. 
 FK: Your life is definitely busy, but I'm glad to hear that you do find time for a "breathing moment."  Talk to me about your creative life.  What’s your inspiration to get going and how the heck do you find the time??
 
Right now my creative life doesn’t get enough time between the everyday necessities. It’s hard to find time, but it’s such a happy hobby so I try to fit it in when I can. When I find time, I usually sprawl all of my supplies out on the living room floor and just play around with charms and color combinations. I usually start with one focus piece (a pendant, vial, key or something else) then construct the piece around that element. 
I cannot wait for the day that I live somewhere with an entire room dedicated to my crafty hobbies. However, for now my supplies are tucked under my side table, and my living room floor makes for an interesting studio that often gets interrupted by my cats, dog and boyfriend trying to pass through the house.   

FK: Sounds like your “studio” is in the middle of Grand Central Station!  What part of being an artist is the most gratifying to you? What part of being an artist is hardest for you, or that you dislike the most? 

The most gratifying part of when each individual jewelry piece is completed. It’s such a journey to get to that finished product – deciding color combinations, picking centerpieces, figuring out the layout. When everything is finally laid out and looks right, it’s pretty cool to look at. 
 The hardest part for me is finding the time to really dive into my creativity. I have so many other projects going on that outside of the jewelry world that I rarely get to play around with all of my supplies. If I find time to make jewelry, I go in with a direct mission and produce the piece. I can’t wait until I have time to spread my jewelry stuff out and really play around more with the possibilities. Jewelry making is a time-consuming but rewarding process. 

FK: What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?  Are there things going on in your life that influence your art?

Much of my life is consumed by my nifty job in digital marketing and spending time with family. I just graduated from Wayne State University with my degree in journalism, and love exploring how my love for writing and knowledge of digital marketing can add exciting things to my life. 

Much of my college career was spent in Detroit and that really sparked a love for the city. I love exploring and learning about Detroit. It often gets a bad reputation, sometimes with good reason, but the city is full of amazing people and places. Locating those gems and telling those stories through my articles really brings happiness to my day. (You can read some of my articles here.)

I also love gardening, and I’m so excited that my boyfriend and I redid our yard last year to include a vegetable and butterfly garden in the back and front yard respectively. 




And I spend a lot of time learning new craft projects – D.I.Y. everything. This summer I’m going to develop my jewelry display to sell my work in shows and experiment with a variety of craft projects. Life completely inspires my work. I try to be optimistic and enjoy the simple pleasures of life, and I hope that my breathingmoment collection can encompass that.


FK: Did I not say right at the beginning that this is one busy woman?  I so admire you, Jennifer,  for everything you’re accomplishing.  Now tell us what your giveaway is going to be. 

I'm happy to say that the winner can select any one item from my etsy shop. Their choice!

FK: That’s wonderful!  Thank you, Jennifer, for an enjoyable visit.  Now let me tell everyone how to enter to win one of your beautiful pieces of jewelry.




How to Enter

You have several chances to be entered into the random drawing. Please read carefully; the entry requirements have been changed.


First entry: Visit Jennifer's shop, come back here, and tell us about your favorite piece(s). 
Second entry: Enter a comment if you have signed up to follow Jennifer's Facebook page (or comment if you already follow).
Third entry: Enter a comment that you signed up to follow Jennifer on Twitter.
Fourth entry: Enter a comment that you signed up to follow my blog (or comment that you already follow).
Fifth entry: Enter a comment that you signed up to follow my Facebook page AND/OR my Pinterest page (or comment that you already follow).

Still with me? That's five chances to enter for the random drawing!  Please be sure that your correct email address is in your profile; if it is not, include your email address in your comment.  I will use random number generator to pick a winner after


 12 noon EDT
Tuesday, June 11.

122 comments:

  1. My fave is Tell Time With Wisdom Pocket Watch Necklace

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  2. http://www.etsy.com/listing/103980344/my-green-thumb-necklace?ref=shop_home_active

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  3. These are totally awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I adore the My Green Thumb Necklace!

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  5. FB fan of Breathing Moment (Birgit Lehner)

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  6. FB fan of yours (Birgit Lehner)

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  7. Following your blog on GFC (Birgit)

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  8. I like this necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/103936364/sail-away-in-the-deep-blue-sea-necklace?ref=v1_other_1

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  9. I follow Jennifer's page on facebook as Audrey Sorrentino

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  10. I follow Jennifer's page on Twitter as @AudreyGiveaway

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  11. I follow your blog on GFC as Audrey18

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  12. I follow your facebook page as Audrey Sorrentino

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  13. My favorite is Just Lock 'Em Away Necklace. :)

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  14. Hi!
    Is this open to your international readers?
    Thank you! :)

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    1. Yes, Marta K - this is open to international readers! Thanks.

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  15. My favorite is the Just Lock 'Em Away Necklace.

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  16. I like the Tell Time With Wisdom Pocket Watch Necklace


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  17. Liked FB as Solarride Rivernik

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  18. follow Jennifer on Twitter @Solarride


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  19. Too many great choices! I love the 'Nature, Held in Time' necklace. Great work!

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  20. Liked your FB as Solarride Rivernik

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  21. following your blog :)

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  22. Love this necklace!

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  23. Liked Jennifer's page on fb as io sophia.

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  24. Following her on twitter @daer0n77.

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  25. Liked your fb page as io sophia.

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  26. I really like this necklace-

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  27. I just love Sail Away in the Deep Blue Sea Necklace

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  28. My favorite is My Green Thumb Necklace
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  29. I like: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103923399/nature-held-in-time-necklace?ref=shop_home_active
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  30. Wow what a fabulous shop! I really love the Simply Nature Owl and Tree Necklace! http://www.etsy.com/listing/103920797/simply-nature-owl-and-tree-necklace?ref=shop_home_active

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  31. I like Jennifer on facebook (same name)

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  32. I follow you on GFC (same name)

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  33. I like you on facebook and Pinterest (same name)

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  34. love the Simply Nature Owl and Tree Necklace! http://www.etsy.com/listing/103920797/simply-nature-owl-and-tree-necklace?ref=shop_home_active

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  35. Love this necklace Tell Time With Wisdom Pocket Watch Necklace found here
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  36. following Jennifer's Facebook page as Kathy Detweiler
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  37. following your blog as Kathy Detweiler
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  38. Following you on Facebook as Kathy Detweiler
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  39. i like simply nature owl and tree necklace
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  40. Love catch my butterflies necklace


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  41. I LOVE this. http://www.etsy.com/listing/103936364/sail-away-in-the-deep-blue-sea-necklace?ref=shop_home_active

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  42. liked her facebook page.

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  43. liked your facebook page.

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  44. followed you on pinterest

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  45. followed her on twitter, too!!

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  46. i love this one : http://www.etsy.com/listing/103923399/nature-held-in-time-necklace?ref=shop_home_active

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  47. liked her facebook page.: hana clay

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  48. Follow on twitter : @hanalone

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  49. I already follow you on GFC : Hana's Clay

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  50. Like your FB : hana clay

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    Thankyou for this lovely giveaway! ^^
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  51. I love the Dream in The Starry Night Vial Necklace!

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  56. I really like the My Green Thumb Necklace, that is very pretty. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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  57. this is my favourite item in her shop: Tell Time With Wisdom Pocket Watch Necklace

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  58. i like jennifers page on facebook, my name is devin macmahon. my email is devinmacmahon26@hotmail.com

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  59. i am following jennifer on twitter with the username dmacmayhem

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  60. i am following your blog with GFC with the username devin m

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  61. i am following you on facebook with the username Devin macmahon

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  62. i am following you on pinterest with the username dmacmayhem

    thank you for the giveaway!!!!!

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  63. http://www.etsy.com/listing/103948395/a-leaf-away-from-happiness-necklace?ref=shop_home_active is awesome!

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  64. Liked on fb as Areeba Siddique

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  65. Folllowing on twitter as @areebasiddique

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  66. Thank you for this beautiful giveaway!
    I love this piece:http://www.etsy.com/listing/103935702/lock-up-the-land-necklace?ref=shop_home_active
    My eamail:Melodie10@gmx.fr

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  67. 2)I follow Jennifers Facebook:Jens Ken Lundstrom

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  68. 3)I follow your blog via newsletter:Melodie10@gmx.fdr
    And via GFC:Helena Oops

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  69. 4)I follow your Fb page:Jens Ken Lundstrom

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  70. 5)I follow you on pinterest:Soraya helena
    Thanks and have a happy friday!

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  71. I like Butterfly Buried in Beauty. :)

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  72. I'm following Jennifer on twitter @aandj8804

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  73. I'm following your blog with GFC as Mandy and Justin.

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  74. The Sail Away In The Deep Blue Sea and the Lock up the Land necklace are my top two favorites, but I seriously dig all your material. Keep up the great work!

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  75. I am also following your Pinterest!
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  76. Beautiful jewelry! My favorite is https://www.etsy.com/listing/103939583/red-in-my-heart-necklace?ref=shop_home_active

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  77. I like her fb page!

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  78. I follow on twitter via @GiveawayChest

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  79. I'm a new blog follower!

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  80. I like your fb page!

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  81. I like A Small Wishing Bird Necklace.

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  82. I like Jennifer's Facebook page - Janet Fri

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  83. I like your page on FB - Janet Fri

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  84. I follow you on Pinterest - janetfaye

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  85. Flyin' High in Blue and Purple Necklace

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  86. My favorite is Nature, Held in Time Necklace <3
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  87. Following Jennifer's Facebook (Natasha Areena)
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  88. New blog follower
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  89. Following you on FB (Natasha Areena)
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  90. I love this necklace: Flyin' High in Blue and Purple Necklace

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  91. I follow via Facebook - Clenna Emery

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  92. I follow via twitter - clenna

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  93. I follow your blog via Google and RSS (I think)

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  94. I follow yur FB page

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  95. I love the Purple Lock and Key earrings and the Green Thumb Brilliance Necklace.

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  96. I follow Jennifer on twitter.

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  97. I like the Nature, Held in Time Necklace the most.

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  98. GFC follower - Dovile

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  99. Pinterest follower - dova113

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  100. http://www.etsy.com/listing/103953665/earthly-toned-this-tree-of-mine-necklace?ref=shop_home_active My favourite item is this, this is so pretty!

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  101. I'm following your facebook page!

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  102. I'm following your twitter!

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  103. I also followed your blog via blogger.be!

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  104. Beautiful jewelry, I'm in love with the "Bright Blue Sea for you necklace" & the "Dream in the Starry Night Vial Necklace". :))

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  105. "Liked" on Facebook: Neshii S Smith ^_^

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  106. "Followed" on Twitter: sparklesSilver

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  107. "Joined" your blog: Neshii S Smith

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  108. "Pinterest": sparklesSilver
    Email: danesha.smith33@yahoo.com
    *-Thank you SO much for the Giveaway.! :))

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  109. I liked both of your FB pages, and my favourite item on her Etsy is http://www.etsy.com/listing/103933802/purple-feather-cluster-dangle-necklace?ref=shop_home_active
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  110. My favorite piece: The Strongest Steampunk Love Stands For You Necklace:)

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  111. GFC blog follower-Ginger

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  112. favorite item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103978821/rosey-red-love-locked-up-necklace?ref=shop_home_active
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  113. follow fb: pamela give away
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  114. follow twitter: @shiralay
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  115. follow gfc: mela
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  116. follow fb/pinterest: Pamela give away
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  117. My favorite is the small wishing bird necklace :0) Beautiful work!

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  118. I liked you on FB and followed your blog way before it was cool :0)

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