Sunday, 7 July 2013

Summer is here - and so is my giveaway (closed 14th July) ...

Helloooo ... is anyone still there?  My goodness, has it really been over a year since I last blogged? Naughty Weeze!  It's another summer now, and a bit hotter than the last one at the moment!  And it's long past time to resurrect my poor, neglected blog. ;)


Very unusually, I'm writing this on my laptop, which means it's taking twice as long as I keep hitting the mouse pad with the heels of my hands and inadvertently deleting whole lines!  It's just too hot to use the pc upstairs, so I'm lurking in a darkened room, fortifying myself with homemade ice cream soda and listening with half an ear to the tennis, hoping Murray wins ...

So, what's been happening in my year of blog silence?  Well, I've been pouring my energy into my Etsy shop - which I have filled with lots of lovely handmade findings as well as all my latest jewellery creations - and my Facebook page, created two wirework tutorials, made many custom items for some truly lovely people, turned 40 (eek!) and still managed to work a full-time day job without (quite) cracking up. :)

And in the last few days, I have reached 1000 likers on my Facebook page - this may not sound such a huge number on the grand scale of things, but when I think that over ONE THOUSAND people have taken the time to visit my page and click that Like button (hopefully because they do genuinely like it), I'm quite humbled.  To me it is a big deal.

So, to say a big fat THANK YOU with squirty cream, cherries and chocolate sprinkles on top, I'm going to be giving away the following summery necklace, which I have just finished making especially for this purpose.



And all you have to do to be entered into the draw, is leave a comment here WITH YOUR NAME in it.  I will be closing the draw at 1pm GMT next Sunday the 14th July and announcing the winner as soon as they have been chosen.  As is traditional with my giveaways, all the names will go into my straw hat, and the winner will be chosen by my long-suffering hubby.  This is open to all my likers, wherever in the world you are, but please only enter if you have liked my Facebook page or you follow my blog, as this particular giveaway is meant to be a thank you for following me, and not leaving my ramblings to echo lost and unheard ... :)

*Please note - your comments need to be moderated before they will show (a measure I had to take because of spam) - but they will show, fear not!*

117 comments:

Cat said...

Me, me, me!! You did mean it like that, didn't you? Should I also jump up and down and wave? It's rather too hot for that, but if it helps, I will! ;-)

Cat who's now following your blog, so you better get going!

Emily Lovell said...

ooo am i first :) Hello

Anonymous said...

I've loved your jewelry since I first saw one of your pendants on Pinterest. The details you include in your creations are awe-inspiring.
Jorie Browder

Solorn said...

What a wonderful piece. I so admire your ability with wire, so inspiring for a budding jewellery maker like myself.

McAnaraks said...

Beautiful work! I recently found you on Facebook, and I'm delighted to have done so.

Blue Velvet (on Fb) said...

You work so much magic with wire. I just love your work.

Anonymous said...

Lorna Kimber

Kayti Aitken said...

I've just found your page and blog - LOVE your work!

Jennifer White said...

Hi Louise! My name is Jennifer White and I have been following you for about 6 months now. Absolutely love your wire pendants. I have a small plastic bank that all my extra change and whatever paper money I can get goes in so I can save enough to buy one. Its taking longer than I thought as the kids and my hubby are always in need of something lol. Would love to win !

Natasha Bardney said...

Hello. Wow that is beautiful. Such a talented person! Congratulations on getting 1000+ likes. Tash Xxx

Marian Brown said...

Such pretty creative interpretations of nature. This pendant is such a reminder of the heat of Wimbledon fortnight instead of rain.

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous work you do.I love all your beautiful creations..so different and very original..
Sally J. Vittorio

Sonora Kay said...

WoW!! Your work is AMAZING!!!
Kay

LostnThought said...

I absolutely adore your work! I stumbled across it one day I think from a Pinterest post and I was hooked! It's just gorgeous! I am so thrilled to see you blogging again!


Lisa Justice

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Louise said...

PLEASE leave your name if you are posting as anonymous - otherwise you will not be entered.

tangledinewe said...

I have fallen madly in love with your designs...every time I look at them I think of another loved one who would cherish one of your pendants!!! Blessings upon all that your hands shall touch!!!

Kim said...

Me please - your work is amazing and very inspiring :) :) Kim Spencer xxx

tangledinewe said...

whoops! Forgot to leave my name on that last comment!
Karie Lesly

Sally Anderson said...

I have loved your work ever since I first saw it. The pieces are (everyone of them) gorgeous and whimsical and I wish I could buy them for everyone I know! So hoping to win this!!!

Dawn said...

Hi, Dawn McCarney here. I am a recent "liker" of yours, after a friend mentioned your name when I was fighting with a Tree of Life!! Your work has really inspired me, and I honestly don't know where your get your ideas from, but well done you!! :-)

Julia said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. So inspiring!

Diane Flynn said...

Your pieces are beautiful, especially this one.
I love the colors, looking at it brings to mind beautiful sunsets. Pearl is my birthstone making the piece extra special to me. You are very talented.
Diane

ChrissieBOW's said...

Pick me! lol good luck everyone. Christine Donaghy.xxx

Cath Ross said...

Another lovely wire work necklace with your unique style. As I have commented before you can always recognise your distinct design. Thanks for creating this contest for us all to enter. Good luck with your endeavors over the next year. I am not suprised you have over 1000 likes on facebook
Cath Ross

Kimi Springer said...

Pleeeease include me in your giveaway!!! This pendant is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Amazing work, as always, Louise!! Warmest wishes, Kimi Springer

Paulamurf said...

Hi what a beautiful piece of art. I would love to be entered in your draw to win this gorgeous pendant. Best Wishes Paula Murphy

Anonymous said...

Hello, Louise! My name is Damon Chatterton, of Monte Ne, Arkansas. I first saw your work through a 'share' by Buttons by McAnaraks on Facebook, and have followed you there too. I love your pendants I've seen so far; their design is deceptively simple, masterful. I enjoy the story you tell through them as well. I must choose some of your photos to share with my peoples on Facebook!

Janet Dryden said...

Trying again. Your wirework always has a magical calmness Louise. Love it. Janet

diananewton said...

Diana Greenlaw - I love your work, it is so inspirational! x

Anonymous said...

I would be chuffed to bits to own this, it's stunning.

Becky Dean

Dawn said...

A beautiful pendant heralding a new dawn in British tennis- you knew Andy was going to win- well done! :-) Well done!

Dawn x

Anonymous said...

I too have only recently 'like' your page after a share by McAnaraks, but I never win anything... ;( Linda Lee Horton

Mindy Runyan said...

Another beautiful piece of wearable art!! I would be overjoyed to add it to my "Louise Goodchild" collection! Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed that I win. :)

Heike said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Louise! It is truly genius and so full of soul! xoxo

It is no wonder that you have FB fans far and wide, as your pieces are so unique and truly inspired.

Have a beautiful day!
xoxo
Heike

Caroline French said...

Beautiful work and the pendant would be worn by me Caroline French every day. x

Rebecca85 said...

I love your designs, they are beautiful.

Sue said...

All of your work is just beautiful. I hope I win!

Janet Wallbank said...

A lovely day for a picnic! I have the privilege of owning a beautiful Labradorite bracelet, waterfall pendant and earrings made by the lovely Louise - now my favourite jewellery! If I ever win the lottery watch out, I shall buy all the jewellery in Louise's etsy shop!

susan scott said...

Oh phooeey I tried to be clever and use my blog name and got lost in space. Trying again. I love love love your work. Beautiful. :) Susan Scott x

Lucinda Larsen Saue said...

Lucinda Larsen Saue
Lovely and amazing, as is all the jewelry you show us on facebook. Thanks!

totallychained said...

Love your work Louise have followed you on facebook for ages love your designs,Blessed be my dear..

Rossana De Leo said...

Io, io, io! Anche dalla lontana Italia c'è chi ti segue e ama i tuoi lavori.
Rossana De Leo

Me, me, meeee! Even the way from Italy there are those who follow you and love your work.

LondonGirl said...

Absolutely love your technique- have never seen anything quite like it before. I'm going to try my hand at one of your tutorials soon .... hopefully it won't look like a five year old made it! :)

Helen said...

Just lovely Louise. This scene reminds me of my honeymoon...

Kat Jones said...

Simply gorgeous...

Erica Owens said...

Hi Louise. Like many of your Facebook fans, I also have followed your work, been inspired, oww and arrghed when I see your beautiful pieces. You were the first person I came across when I started making jewellery last year, , and I started searching for inspiration. Of course I would be over the moon if this lovely piece was sent to me in Australia. :) From Erica Owens.

Anonymous said...

Beautifull!

Your work is all lovely but this has to be my fav :-)

I have rotten luck but please enter me

Nylah Ali

thank you!!

Cecilia said...

Hi Louise, I love this pendant the colours area beautiful. I marvel at your ability to work with wire and not get in a tangle.
Cecilia X

Sharon Stanley said...

Hi Louise - I would be thrilled to win this piece. Your work is truly beautiful. It's my daughter's birthday next weekend and I'd love to be able to give her this gorgeous pendant. :)

Joan said...

A beautiful creation. I too love to design and create. If I don't win, can you send me instruction on how to make one?
Joan
Email gladysgibb@yahoo.com

Lady said...

I have a friend to whom I would love to give this as a birthday gifty.

Lady Mockingbird.

Katie N-N said...

Gee...this would be a thrill to win, because I LOVE your work! And your writing. And the idea that you actually bake cupcakes every week! Katie Nielsen-Nunez, USA

Laura Pugh said...

Another beautiful creation by a very clever lady. :)

thecrimsonmoon said...

You do the most amazing things with wire Louise! Would love to wear this :)
Liz

Kirsty.A said...

Hiya. Good to see you pop up on my Dashboard again. I would love to win that gorgeous necklace

Kim said...

I absolutely love your work, it's beautiful and very inspiring.

Nicole Hall said...

You have such imagination and talent when it comes to wire crafting! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Nicole Hall

Nicolevhall on facebook! :)

Jennifer Carroll said...

Hi :) This is a gorgeous necklace, you are very talented. Beautiful colours to :) Thanks for the opportunity to try and win it :)
Jennifer Carroll

Tansy said...

such beautiful work, and really appreciate the tutorials too, I am looking forward to playing when the new craft shop opens near me, that pendant is so pretty :)
Tansy de Faoite

Caroline Rigden said...

Love love love your work! I wish I'd found you a month ago to wish for something for my birthday. Will have to drop regular hints to the OH for Christmas. ;)

Tracy Collins said...

Absolutely love your work! They are all amazing and i would love to win one! Tracy Collins

Kate said...

That pendant is beautiful. I would love to be the lucky winner.
Katie Sheen

Fran P said...

I love your designs, currently being well behaved with actually getting one as i have a baby imminently arriving! (2 weeks and counting). Frances Petipher-Bartley

Tina Harvey said...

Hi Louise its Tina Harvey from Nova Scotia, love your pendant.

BETH VALENTINE said...

OH DEAR. IT IS GOING TO BE SUCH A LONG WEEK WAITING TO HEAR THAT I WON!!! LOL. I HOPE! SO LOVE YOUR ITEMS AND WISH I HAD THE PATIENCE AND CREATIVITY TO DO AS YOU DO!
BETH VALENTINE..WYLIE TEXAS USA!

Anonymous said...

Victoria Boulton from Poulton le fylde. Love the pendant xx

Emma-Jane Gummett-Preece said...

Hi, I love your work and this pendant is stunning.
I hope I get to show it off ;-)

Anonymous said...

oops forgot to leave name
Kathy Schlabach Jones Love it!

Julie Lockhart said...

Love your work, Louise! It's always so fresh and uniquely inventive!

Anonymous said...

Recently found you on Facebook and im amazed by your work....so beautiful!!!
Toni Chapman-Jones ♡

Ann Newman said...

Another beautiful pendant Louise, as always. Welcome back to your blog! xxx

Sumi said...

It says I should leave a comment. Ok here it is : "I am proud to have you as a friend" Serioulsy. Oh it sounded more like a declaration than a comment! Never mind. :)
-Sumi

Anonymous said...

Me please, too hot to think of something witty Claire Faulkes

EmaCreativa said...

Thank you Luoise for this gift!
this pendant is absolutely wonderful...I love it!
Good luck to everyone!

Karen Ferguson said...

Not only is this a beautiful piece of work (which I'd love to own as it reminds me of a magical sunset I experienced in India!)but I think the idea of a lucky dip is pure genius. You're a very talented lady on many levels :)
Karen Ferguson

Anonymous said...

Just came across you on the Book of Face; so glad it was in time to enter for this stunning piece!! Off to investigate a whole lot more of your work :D
Vicki Chapman (vicki.chapman.587 on FB)

Wild Side said...

Recently joined your Facebook page. I love your work. It's beautiful. xxx Wild Side

Anonymous said...

I love your wok Louise! Being new to jewelry making, you are one of my biggest inspirations. Hopefully one day I can create pieces half as good as you do!!
Karen Grant , u.s.a.

Charlotte said...

Ooooh Lovely! Yes please can i be added to your hat of loveliness? Charlotte Holding

Kelle Claxton said...

Love your work!

Kelle Claxton

Michele Frederick said...

Your work is just amazing. I wish I had a pinch of that talent.
Michele Frederick

Chelsie Boyd said...

Awesome Giveaway Pendant! Chelsie Boyd

rene rowland said...

that's the sun setting!!! wow that's so neat louise. i have liked & talked to you as Giveadog A Home, but i'm going to like you as Rene Rowland too so you really have my name here.

Heather said...
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Www.boxesandbusts.co.uk said...

Hi Louise.
It is so great to know you are an inspiration to so many people. I love the comments. I have loved your work since I started making jewellery and you helped me so much. Thank you.
From Louise Sidford.

Lindsay Philipson said...

Absolutely gorgeous, my mate. x

Nina K said...

So much variety in your work from a basic idea, this sunset one is perfect! You make the most beautiful wirework stuff, so delicate, and with beautiful colours, love every one but this giveaway is your best yet. I'm saving the picture so even if I don't win I can still look at it :-) Nina Kenchington (FB)

cinzietta said...

siiiiiiiiii che bello grazie!!!! partecipo!! ti seguo già su fb ma ora che so che hai anche un blog ti aggiungo ;)

Antoinette Barber said...

Really beautiful. Love it.

melinda peterson said...

beautiful,beautiful,beautiful looks like summer!!!!

Barb said...

Would love to win one of your pieces. They are so unique. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.
Barb Colberg celticartwitch@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

You know I'm most definitely in! :-) Jess x

Tia Allen said...

Absolutely stunning!
Tia Allen

Kelly Gillen said...

Love your designs and your amazing work with wire. Kelly Gillen

Jane Hamill said...

This pendant is so beautiful! I love all your work but this is one of the best! :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful necklace! Really love your designs, especially the seasonal trees. Cat Herbert

Tina Harvey said...

Hi louise its Tina Harvey from Nova Scotia Canada. I would love to win your pendant and be able to show it to people over here. It is beautiful.

Diane Schweinhagen said...

I cant tell you how beautiful this is

a mental mum's little world said...

This is stunning! You are so talented!
Keeping my fingers crossed that i might win it ;-)

Melissa wise xx

redwitch said...

Hi,
I have just discovered your jewellery. Wow! Especially the wire work pendants - how beautiful.
Have liked your facebook page and look forward to seeing lots more of your stunning work :)

Heather said...

I'd love to win, but even if I didn't I'd still love your work.

-Heather D.

Senenna said...

Absolutely gorrrrrgeous. Just found your designs but have fallen madly in love with them. Fingers et all crossed that I'm the winner!

Stacey said...

Just came across your work today and am COMPLETELY IN AWE! YOU are AMAZINGLY gifted! This piece you are offering as a giveaway is actually the piece I came across that drew me to seek out your other pieces. I will KEEP my fingers, toes AND arms crossed for luck!
Stacey Kirkpatrick

Liz Masters said...

I love this pendant and would love to have a go at winning it, thank you for making such a generous offer. Liz Masters

Cindy Bunn said...

I love your work & can see all the hard work & painful finger tips that have gone into making them. This one is especially gorgeous & I adored your ikkle sheepsies ♡♡♡ Cindy Bunn xxx

Joanne Turner said...

I absolutely adore your jewellery. I'm a jewellery maker too but still recommended you to one of my friends yesterday... your work is instantly recogniseable. Gorgeous!!xx

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chance to win something so gorgeous x Carolyn Green

Jacki Toth said...

Gorgeous work Louise, I am a big fan and you have given me lots of inspiration. X

Anonymous said...

I thought I already had posted as I'd love the chance to win such a beautiful creation . . however I can't find me in the list . . so please . . fingers crossed with a cherr on top . . . Riva Mollison :0)

Anonymous said...

Love your work so inspirational Liz Tilt

Anonymous said...

Incredible work dear. From one artist to another, I truely understand the love you put into your work. Well done
Mary jones

elinazart said...

as a fellow artist... all I can say is "wow". Love your work! Elina Zebergs :)

Anne Owen said...

Love this pendent ..I only wish I had my hands back working as well as id need them to do for this sort of Beutiful intricate work ..weldone and thank you for sharing. .=)

Amber Harrison said...

I really like your art work. Amber Harrison, Harleiquin05@hotmail.com

helenCarillo said...

Wow, I love your work, and I hope I could win.

Louise said...

Hi everyone, just a reminder that this giveaway closed on 14th July and the winner has received the pendant now, so any comments received after that will not have been entered. Thank you so much for your lovely comments! :)