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Giveaway from Mary Morris Jewelry (closed)

It’s time for a new giveaway!
This giveaway is sponsored by Mary from Mary Morris Jewelry on Etsy.

I love Mary’s jewelry style, and I’m very happy she is joining my blog for this awesome giveaway!
I asked Mary a few questions about her and her jewelry … 

Hi Mary! Tell us a bit about yourself …

My name is Mary Morris.  I have been with my wonderful supportive husband, Dennis, for 26 years.  We have 2 sons, Colin, 25, and Kyle, 22 and three large Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.  I still live in the same SE Washington state community that I grew up in. 

During my day job, I work as a merchandiser putting out books and magazines in stores.  I, also, work a few hours a week at a women’s clothing store at the mall.  It is my chance to get dressed up and have fun with great people, as well as getting a generous discount on my wardrobe.

Since the boys have finished college, I have been able to, just this month, cut back at work so I have more time to play with beads. I have always been a crafter, doing sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking. I love learning whatever the newest trendy craft is.  I like to keep my hands and mind busy. 

When did you first start making jewelry?

It was probably about 2008, I had a new outfit and saw some beads that were perfect for making a bracelet and earrings.  I had cheap tools and lousy techniques, but it was fun.  As Mother’s Day 2009 rolled around, I asked my guys for beading classes at our wonderful local bead shop.  A few hundred dollars later, I had more beads, new tools and better techniques and it was still fun.

What is your favorite piece of jewelry?

The pieces that mean the most to me are those I’ve made as gifts for my mom.  They are like treasures.  She so enjoys wearing a piece I’ve made and does so almost every day.  My parents have been extremely supportive, not only of Mary Morris Jewelry, but of my entire life.  There is just so much love put into each bracelet she wears on her wrist and hopefully they remind her how much I love her. 

What is your favorite material/technique to work with?

I enjoy working with a variety of materials, commonly jasper, agate and glass, but I always need some sparkle.   I love all the colors that you can find in a single bead like crazy lace agate or silver leaf jasper.  I can take that strand and put it with a different accent color each time I make a new piece of jewelry.
I am also drawn to beads by their texture and weight.  I love the way one bead, like rose quartz, may feel cold, hard and solid and another like a pearl or shell is smooth, dreamy and organic.

One week I may work with glass pearls or fire polished glass, the next I am into agates and crystals.  There is such a variety of beads to work with that it can sometimes get dizzying, but I love it and I’m never bored.

What do you like/dislike about selling jewelry online?

I find it difficult to stop creating to take photos, edit photos and post listing.  It always seems to take so much time, but I’m getting better and faster. 

On the other side of things, for me, Etsy and selling online is easy.  I can put as little or as much effort and time as I have available into Mary Morris Jewelry.  The more time I spend on my listings and quality photos, the more sales I see. It allows me to create and sell year around and not just at holiday bazaar season.

I also love the international aspects of Etsy.  I get so excited when I see that shopper in New Zealand or a blogger in Israel, for example, has been on my website.  My first sale outside North America, which was to Scotland, was an absolute thrill.

Etsy makes the world a smaller community.  I would never have had the opportunity to make jewelry for a bride in Colorado or a model in New York without Etsy and Mary Morris Jewelry.  It is a wonderful and unexpected experience. 

Any tips for new artisans just starting out to sell online?

I did a lot of reading of the blogs on Etsy, gathering advice from seasoned sellers.  Then I had to determine what worked for me and my product.  I looked at many shops to see photography techniques and background choices.  Then I took lots of photos and kept my camera’s manual handy.  Take photos from different angles, for example, let the customer see the clasp of the necklace or the back side of the dress.  If I’m purchasing in a store, I pick up the item and check it out.   In an online store, you have to give those views through your photos. 

How can people contact you? 

I love hearing from people.  I am on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-Morris-Jewelry/138803229490152?ref=ts .  They can reach me through conversations at www.MaryMorrisJewelry.Etsy.com or my email Mary.Morris.Jewelry@gmail.com 

Any last words for our readers?

I never expected my life to take this path.  I have had to let myself relax, go with the flow and enjoy the journey.  I am learning a lot in the second half of my life and having so much fun.  Don’t miss an opportunity because it is unexpected. 

And now for the giveaway!!!

You can win this fabulous set of earrings and bracelet! 

These wonderful feminine earrings are made with Czech 3mm fire polished glass beads in medium aqua blue with an aurora borealis finish.  The beads are individually wire wrapped and gathered into a beautiful cascade. The cascade falls nearly an inch below the sterling silver french ear wire.

This matching bracelet sparkles with beautiful turquoise glass beads wrapped in silver plated floral bead caps.  I have added clear and aqua aurora borealis crystal to add plenty of bling.  The silver plated toggle clasp with a sweet heart finishes off the bracelet with an inside measurement of 7 1/2 inches.

Estimated value is $28

How to enter??

Mandatory entry: 
Follow this blog via Google Friends Connect, then go to Mary Morris Jewelry, pick your favorite item and tell us what it is in a comment.

Bonus entries:
  1. Heart Mary Morris Jewelry on Etsy, leave your Etsy username in a comment
  2. “Like” Mary’s Facebook page, leave your Facebook name in a comment
  3. “Like” Beads by Roni’s Facebook page, leave your Facebook name in a comment
  4. Follow BeadsByRoni on twitter, leave your twitter username in a comment
  5. Subscribe to this blog by email
  6. Heart Beads by Roni on Etsy, leave your Etsy username in a comment
  7. Tell me what your favorite item is from Beads by Roni on Etsy
  8. Tweet about this giveaway (enter tweet link in the comment)
    For example:RT Enter to #win gorgeous earrings and bracelet set @BeadsByRoni enter @ http://bit.ly/fDWLQn  Ends 3.19 #giveaway

Each entry should be in its own comment. Don’t forget to leave your email address in every comment so I’ll have a way of contacting you if you win!

If you’re the winner, you’ll have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

The giveaway is open worldwide, and will run until March 19th at 11:59 pm EST.

Good luck!
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274 thoughts on “Giveaway from Mary Morris Jewelry (closed)”

  1. I follow on GFC. I like the Black Glass Pearl Earrings. Thanks.

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

  2. I liked Mary on FB! So glad to meet her in your blog post!

    sarah dot buckingham at sbcglobal dot net

  3. Follow via GFC as Yuliya Sh
    Liked Rose Quartz and Crystal Necklace and Rosy Pink and White Crystal Earrings
    juletchka78 at hotmail dot com

  4. I follow on gfc and my favorite is the Blue and Black Necklace with Floral Pendant.


  5. I follow your blog with google friend connect and my favorite item at Mary Morris Jewelry is the Rosy Pink and Red Glass Pearl Necklace
    Thank you for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  6. I heart Mary Morris Jewelry on Etsy – my Etsy name is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  7. I like Mary Morris Jewelry on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  8. I like Beads by Roni on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  9. I heart Beads by Roni on Etsy – my Etsy name is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  10. My favorite item at Beads by Roni's shop is the blue crocheted bracelet!
    Thank you for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  11. I follow through google friend and I like the Green and Pink Lamp Work Heart Earrings the most.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. beautiful items!
    i choose Red Velvet Quartz Crystal Bracelet…lovely!
    follow you via gfc

    sun.fairy at hotmail.it

  13. Following your blog (ksyshenka)and I adore Simple Elegance – Black and White Glass Pearl Earrings!!!

    Thank you for the chance!


  14. my favorite item is Light Aqua AB Fire Polished Cascade Earrings

    following your blog via GFC


  15. I am following you on Google Friend Connect as Viorela.
    My favorite item from the shop is Dark Amethyst Fire Polished Cascading Earrings in Gold.

  16. following via GFC; Tina Renee Barker
    I am smitten with the Blue Cascading Crystal Earrings. So pretty!
    treneebarker at hotmail dot com

  17. Mandatory entry: Follow this blog via Google Friends Connect…….Long Black Fire Polished Cascade Earrings with Crystal Dangle

  18. Followed you via GFC. I love the Brown Iris Fire Polished Cascade Earrings

  19. These are so very gorgeous – love the blue! Thanks so much for the chance! πŸ™‚ I follow via GFC and I love the Coral and White Cluster Earrings.
    whitechocolatecherries at gmail.com

  20. Following!
    I think that all of the cascade earrings are gorgeous, but I absolutely loved the color scheme for the Peach and Gray Glass Pearl Earrings.

    shelovestocraft at gmail

  21. I love all of your crocheted items! I especially liked the crocheted cuff. I love crocheted wire jewelry, it always looks so pretty.

    shelovestocraft at gmail

  22. Tweeted about this contest.

    (I don't know how to get the url of a specific tweet, but my user name is @shelovestocraft)

  23. My fave are the Green Kambaba Jasper and Black Crystal Earrings, which embody the perfect combination: black+silver. πŸ˜€
    Following via GFC: Alexandra Andrei


  24. GFC follower – Tonya Dean
    Blue and Black Necklace with Floral Pendant is Gorgeous!


  25. I follow via GFC, and my favorite item is Black and White Lampwork Glass Bracelet. I love the contrast of the black against the non white creamy color.

  26. Following via GFC (tearyeyedstars)
    I like the Fuchsia, Pink and White Cluster Earrings! (:
    ejhtan at gmail dot com

  27. Thank you and Mary Morris for this generous giveaway. I happen to LOVE Mary Morris's Jewelry (yours too, Roni) and have exchanged convo's with Mary about placing an order soon!

    The reason I haven't yet is because I LOVE/ "favorite" SO MANY of her magnificent creations (over a dozen are already in my Cart and dozens of others have been Etsy "hearted".

    Among those favorites: Blue and Green Fire Polished Cascade Earrings in Gold, as well as Montana and Bermuda (Blues) and the Topaz Tortoise Shell Gold…. etc…

    I am a Public Follower of your blog via GFC and
    Networked Blogs (Jesselyn)


  28. I follow you through gfc as mary and i really like the Peach Glass Pearl Bracelet

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  29. I Heart Mary Morris's Shop on Etsy (and many many of her glorious creations!)
    I'm Salleefur on Etsy.


  30. I already Heart YOU/Roni's shop on Etsy
    (Etsy username: Salleefur)


  31. My favorite item at Beads-by-Roni is… a tie between Green Shades Swarovski Earrings and the Crocheted Flower Lariat.
    (Salleefur on Etsy)


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