Thursday, 3 November 2011

It's time: The Birthday Giveaway

I've been saying for a long time that I want to do a giveaway. I've won several giveaways over the year so I feel it's only right to give some back. Besides, it's just as much fun to give as it is to get. As today is my 30th birthday, it felt like a good day to do this.

For this giveaway I focused on doing something personal. This isn't a big giveaway, nor does it include expensive and exclusive things. Instead I wanted to add some things found or made (i.e. etched or tumbled) by me to the store bought beads. Here's a list of everything the lucky winner will get:

  1. Dyed freshwater pearls ("dancing" nuggets)
  2. Bronze tags
  3. Old Swedish copper coin
  4. Bronze coloured plastic sequins
  5. Mother-of-pearl bead with motif etched by me
  6. Onyx pendant with butterfly motif etched by me
  7. Hand-painted (not by me) faux pearls
  8. Sea glass from the Bjäre coast
  9. Tumbled grey flintstone from Bjäre
  10. Crackled agate leaf pendant (as seen in this post)
  11. Tumbled glass pebble
I hope you like it. There might even be a little extra bonus if the winner wants it, I'm not sure yet (it'll be yarn or cord related). As it is right now, I don't sell anthing I tumble or etch so this is an unique opportunity for you to get your hands on some of my beads and pendants. Do click on the pictures for a better view. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to e-mail me.

If you want a chance to win this giveaway just write a comment answering this question:
Give me some positive feedback: say something you like about my blog.
It can be a detail you like, your general impression, something about the layout or the content, anything. It doesn't matter if you're visiting the blog for the first time or are a long time follower, I'd love to hear what you think.
You can also say something about my other blog, Manekis Pärlblogg, if you prefer that. (Constructive negative feedback is also useful, but hey, it's my birthday after all so let's just focus on the positive today.)

Bonus point: If you are a follower (of Wild roses and blackberries or Manekis Pärlblogg) and/or share this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, forum etc you may add a comment saying so for an additional chance to win. Why? Followers because it makes me happy to see that people like the blog and followers are a visual reminder of that. Sharing because I believe in "the more, the merrier" -- and maybe by doing so you'll give me new readers and followers. Please note, you may only add one extra comments per person, no matter if you both follow and share or share multiple times.

You have one week from today to enter this giveaway. I will draw a winner and publish the name on Nov. 11th.

Good luck!


  1. Happy birthday and hope you have a wonderful day! Besides your lovely etched beads, there are several things I like about your blog. You have some really cool tutorials and I love the jigsaw puzzles! Also, although I haven't tried your raspberry squares recipe yet, I love anything raspberry! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Happy birthday! The thing I particularly enjoy about your blog (besides, of course, the lovely jewelry you make) is how you share your creative process, your thoughts, and even those experiments that don't go as well as you'd hoped. It's fascinating to follow along as you explore your vision!

  3. A versatile blog with interesting posts and great pictures! :)

  4. I follow this blog and manekis pärlblogg!

  5. Happy Birthday! 30 can be a big one for some people so congrats.

    As to what I like about this blog, I like the easy way you make it personal. On my own blog, I have a very hard time really relating anything about myself. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Grattis på födelsedagen!! Jag är gärna med i utlottningen, vilka härliga pärlor! Spännande.
    Jag är redan följare av Manekis pärlblogg, det är fantastiskt vad du letar upp och tipsar oss med! Den här bloggen har jag inte sett tidigare, men blir härmed följare av den också! Länkar från min blogg...

  7. Happy Birthday! Grattis på födelsedagen!

  8. Grattis på födelsedagen!!
    Följer denna och Manekis pärlblogg. Jag tycker det är fantastiskt hur du delar med dig av så mycket information, tips mm. Gillar upplägget i båda bloggarna och att de är lättnavigerade. Så härligt att kunna ta del av dina underbara alster och ditt enorma kunnande!

  9. Annica Schröder4 November 2011 at 08:09

    Grattis på födelsedagen! Jag har länge följt Manekis pärlblogg och nu har jag hittat hit också!

  10. Ett riktigt gott nytt levnadsår!

    Dina bloggar innehåller många godsaker som är lätta att tillgodogöra sig då instruktionerna är suveräna!

  11. I shared this on my Facebook

    I follow Manekis Pärlblogg, and it always keeps me by the computer for hours, as I read everything and follow the great links.
    Thanks for taking the time to inform about different techniques and competitions :)

  12. happy birthday! i found your blog through a fellow crafter on fb -
    i think you have a lovely blog, and its very cool the things you do with beads and crafting materials, a very useful and inspirational place for anyone attempting to do the same. Id be honored to be in the line up to win that awesome bundle above! :D
    Ive google+'ed it and also put it on my own facebook:

  13. Grattis i efterskott!
    Vad kul att se en blogg av lite annan karaktär! Fina bilder också - jag fastande verkligen för de dimhöljda kullarna i ditt "blogghuvud"
    Mvh Maria
    p.s jag delar på fcebook också!

  14. I've got to say, I love your banner! Sounds like a little thing, but I adore that picture you've got up there, so atmospheric. And I like that your blog is a dialogue. You are open and transparent in your thought process and I like that too. And I like that you're (almost!) the same age as me, lol! I turned 30 in April.

  15. This is my first visit to your blog, but I like the buttons at the top and will be checking some of them out. Also, I love your banner. It gives the blog a very peaceful, calm feeling. The giveaway looks wonderful.

    My e-mail should be in my blog profile.

  16. I follow your blog and just tweeted about your giveaway.

  17. GRATTIS! Och vad kul med en give away! Jag följer båda dina bloggar och tycker att de kompletterar varandra på ett bra sätt. Här på wild roeses and blacberries blir jag inspirerad, inte minst av dina fina bilder. Och till Manekis pärlblogg går jag när jag vill veta något, det finns nog inget i prälvärlden som inte Maneki vet, tror jag.

  18. I'm already a follower of both blogs. I just shared your giveaway on FB at

  19. Happy (belated) Birthday :) Thanks for sharing the link at the BSBP forum! I don't believe I've reached you on the hop list yet ( >.< terrible, I know..I'm heading there next! lol )

    What a wonderful giveaway! The colors of those pearls are just fabulous :) Your butterfly and mother-of-pearl etchings are so pretty! My wire-wrapping skills are very lacking, so I'd definitely have to get some more practice in before attempting to do these goodies justice, should they come my way ;)

    As for your blog, this is my first visit, so I can't comment on your subject choices or writing styles ( yet ;) but I plan on checking out some more of your posts ) , but the header and colors are very nice! I always shy away from solid color backgrounds as being too overpowering but yours isn't! Very nice shade that helps pull your attention in to the blog itself :)

  20. I HAVE been here before :) Still loving your bsbp work!

    I'm now a follower plus I think I'll go share this on my fb for everyone :) Look forward to reading more posts form you... and I think I'll have to check out your other blog! Form the sounds of that update, it's something I'll like ;)

  21. Grattis på födelsedagen i efterskott! För mig är dina bloggar som en informationsbank. Där jag kan hitta allt som jag inte kan hålla reda på själv såsom olika tekniker,tips på det mesta
    inom smyckessfären. Till exempel listade du tävlingar för november som var kanon för mig. Jag är imponerad av att du lägger ut så mycket material och så ofta. Tack för bästa bloggarna!

  22. I am new to your blog. I love the colors in your give away pile. I have been so busy doing shows in Florida I am afraid I have had little time to blog hop or post on my blog. I will try tonight to post on my facebook page as well. Best, Andrea

  23. Those are lovely components. It will be a very lucky winner.

  24. I love your picture on your header and your work. I am also a follower.

  25. Grattis i efterskott och tack för en väldigt positiv överraskning! Det är sällan man trillar in på bloggar som faktiskt innehåller massor av saker man kan ha nytta av och samtidigt skänker så stor inspiration! Jag trillade hit när jag sökte efter vägledningar för smyckestillverkning på google, och trodde inte i min vildaste fantasi jag skulle hitta en så bra blogg! Har faktiskt aldrig fastnat för någon tidigare.
    Du har en ny "följare" och jag ska absolut tipsa mina händiga vänner på facebook!
    / Annika J

  26. Happy Birthday, Your header is beautiful and I like the name of your blog "Wild Roses and Blackberries" it is fresh and country. Your jewelry designs are gorgeous. I'm a new follower to your blog.

  27. Hey there, Happy late? birthday. Thanks for hosting such a gorgeous, unique giveaway. Came across your blog and the giveaway a few days ago. Just finished reading quite a bit of your blog. What is not to love? I like that you always have something interesting to say, and in such I way, I just kept wanting to read more. Great tutes, and recipes too!!! Of course I am now following.

  28. Just tweeted this most awesome giveaway!!!

  29. Happy belated birthday. Hope your day was good,

    I like the way that you labeled the picture of your giveaway so that we could match the pictured beads with your description.

    Thanks for having the giveaway.


  30. I am SO late to the game, trying to catch up on blogs, but I wanted to say belated Happy Birthday, and what a GENEROUS giveaway. Sweet soul!


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